Beach and electronic devices do not go together. Is it really surprising? No, but many of us still underestimate the problem of exposing our terminal near the sea or ocean where various risk factors are present. Without even getting near the waves, taking your smartphone to the beach can shorten its lifespan.
Before you pack your bags and hop on the train, plane, or on the street (Have you chosen your GPS application?), Here’s a little reminder of the three risk factors (a fourth has been added discreetly) to help you explain what they happen to be Problems. Whether it’s for you or those around you who are used to listening to music or keep scrolling Instagram while tanning, don’t underestimate these points.
citrus press has been working on a series of tutorials and warnings about problems with smartphones in summer for the last few days. The first is about immersion in water, and we’ve put together a survival guide here. The main focus was on soft, dirt-free water, which many smartphones will be resistant to in 2021.
However, on a beach vacation, your smartphone has to connect to a much more caustic water and is nowhere near supported by smartphone brands: salt water. This means that IP67 and IP68 certifications are not effective. Sea water can damage a smartphone at high speed; oxidation mixes with salt, which is much more harmful to the components.
Contrary to what you might think, keeping your device away from water does not avoid the danger. The spray is also a factor in degradation on the beach, especially on the Atlantic coast. Sitting on your towel, your device is not protected. And if you drop it in water, you need to dry it, but also rinse it with fresh water to remove the salt. A surprising yet essential gesture.
Do you like a towel that is soft and without grain of sand on the beach? Unfortunately, this little treat is short-lived after a gust of wind. Sand is everywhere, including on your smartphone. Although brands have gotten around to waterproofing devices, the latter still have bulletproof charging ports, jacks, and speakers.
Unsurprisingly, they can cause multiple charging and sound issues. And a single grain of sand is enough to notice a malfunction of the component in question. Not to mention the connections and speakers, even the insufficiently protected backs and glass panes are damaged by microscratches.
Heat is the enemy of smartphones, and high temperatures can damage your smartphone faster than anything else. The danger: In contrast to water or sand, you don’t even notice it. When the surface is hot, the device and its components such as the battery or processor become very hot if they are exposed to direct sunlight for a long time.
citrus press also produced a special report on the risks of heat for your smartphone. We therefore limit ourselves to recalling the rough outlines. First and foremost the battery. Depending on the brand, these are designed so that they can be used at a maximum temperature of between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius. An overheated battery can cause severe damage and swell until it fails.
Exposing the display to direct sunlight and heat is a bad idea. Perhaps you unlock your smartphone and discover with amazement that the animations are jerky or that the sensitivity of the touch sensors is no longer fully functional.
Obviously, swimming and removing your towel carries some risk of theft. If you spend hours on your smartphone, the minute you take off your towel to go for a swim, it could attract malicious people’s attention. This does not only affect the beach (all the more we could remind it for public transport such as the subway or the terraces).
Even so, towel theft, as we call it, is still very common. In the summer of 2020, they rose 2%, according to a report published by published Franceinfo. A few years ago, the beaches of the Basque Country recorded 200 theft lawsuits. Alongside wallets, smartphones are inevitably the preferred prey.