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Following the launch of our new waterproof case, the Evo Aqua, we asked travel bloggers about their broken phone experiences, in particular water damage. The bloggers we asked are all frequent travellers, and a mix of solo and family travellers. Having a mobile phone on you whilst travelling is risky and we wanted to find out how many phones they have been through, and the limitations of carrying an unprotected phone around in weird and wonderful places.


Amanda Woods, Adventures All Around

Have you damaged your phone due to water? Where were you and how?

So far my phone has managed to avoid drowning on our travels together (pauses to touch wood), thanks to a combination of me being overly cautious with keeping it away from bodies of water and also carrying ziplock plastic bags with me to festivals, outdoor concerts and other places where a sudden thunderstorm can lead to wet phones. It's a far from glamorous solution but has saved the rainy day a few times.

That said I did manage to crack my phone after getting overexcited about seeing baby pandas in China. I was in such a rush to find the babies at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding that I fumbled my phone and it smashed the corner of the phone and put a nice big crack along the screen. I did have a case on it at the time but clearly not one that was good at actually protecting a phone. At first I thought I'd just claim on travel insurance but it turned out my excess was more than what it would cost to get a new screen anyway so that didn't quite work out. But I did see those baby pandas. And they were adorable, so it was really a good day with a little 'doh' in the mix.

If you had a waterproof case for your smartphone on your favorite vacation, how would you use it? Underwater selfies? Snow shots?

I see the words underwater selfies and I find it so hard to believe that I really could submerge my phone in the pool one minute and use it to make phone calls when we surface. What a concept! I see some underwater Instagram stories and Snapchat’s on the horizon. Not to mention capturing fun in the rain at festivals the next time the heavens open up as I'm watching a band or DJ I love.

Where would you go with an Aqua that you couldn’t now because you are scared to take your phone? 

I'm not sure how to break it to my GoPro which has always been the one to get tapped in when there's water involved, but with Aqua my phone could join me in pools and at the beach. It would also mean that I could just leave my phone on the edge of a pool or next to my bath without worrying about a splash of water ending its life.

Have you ever been unable to join in with friends? Have you missed that one great picture? All because your phone was holding you back…

I did have a few moments at Burning Man this year when I saw an amazing shot that I wanted to take, but I knew that by the time I fiddled around and got my phone out of my bag, and then got it out of its little zip lock plastic bag, the moment would be gone. I was so aware of how the playa dust is super-fine and super-everywhere that it can play havoc with phones so I kept mine safe in plastic.

My phone only came out on those rare occasions when the air was clear and I was also in the mood to take photos. For the most part I decided not to try to document Burning Man but instead to just experience it, so I only took a few photos throughout the week. But that said it would have been nice to have the option to take snaps in the dust when I was feeling inspired.

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Michela, Rocky Travel

I have been using my iPhone 6s Plus for nearly a year by now. I only have a normal case and I know how much care I need to take whenever I want to take a quick shot; at times it holds my breath away. Last year I went on a couple of boat tours and didn’t use my iPhone for fear of dropping it into water and getting it wet. It can happen very quickly; in fact on a jet boat tour I ended up getting my 2 month-old camera wet. Thanks God I was lucky enough to save it by having the damaged piece replaced. That event scared me. If I had a waterproof case for my iPhone, while I don’t think the way I would use it on a daily basis would change much, the fact that I know my iPhone is protected against water damages would give me peace of mind. So I think I would probably like to use it more at the beach, everywhere when active in the outdoors, close to water, i.e. while hiking along a river, lakes. By walking, running and biking in the rain. Even with a waterproof case I’m not sure I would like to use my iPhone in underwater adventures because the worry of loosing it in the sea would be stronger than getting it damaged by water.

Michela is the founder and writer of Rocky Travel Blog. You can find Michela's review of the Evo Aqua here.

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Josh, Travel with Bender

Have you damaged your phone due to water? Where were you and how? 

Yes, several times. The first was an accidental drop in a glass of water on a bedside table in the middle of the night at home. As you can imagine, putting down a phone on a table combined with complete darkness and sleep deprivation creates a dangerous cocktail for phones. Sometimes it’s not the most obvious or exotic places our phones need protection.

If you had a waterproof case for your smartphone, how would you use it on a daily basis? 

It would protect my phone from the little things like playing music in the shower, to more adventurous outings like swimming in an underground cave. The case would never need to come off - my phone needs protection 24 hours a day, and it has to be ready for action at a moment’s notice.

If you had a waterproof case for your smartphone on your favorite vacation, how would you use it? Underwater selfies? Snow shots? 

I’d use my phone for family photos, as well as capturing videos of our amazing travels. Perhaps even a Facebook Live video along the way!

Where would you go with an Aqua that you couldn’t now because you are scared to take your phone? 

There’s so many places a waterproof case would be handy - playing on the beach with my kids, swimming in underground caves and rivers, hotel swimming pools, river tubing, the list could go on.

Have you ever been unable to join in with friends? Have you missed that one great picture? All because your phone was holding you back…

Oh yes, I’ve missed many pictures with friends and family because we ventured where my phone couldn’t go. I would have loved to take my phone on a jetski tour around tropical islands, but it would have gotten damaged in the spray. I can’t count the number of shots that been missed because my phone wasn’t waterproof and holding me back.

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