Gadgets reviews: Waterproof your cell phone

By Phil the Gadget Guy
From the May 24, 2012 edition

Have you ever spilled a beverage on your cell phone or watched your beloved phone fall into a toilet or another body of liquid? Few phones survive such episodes.

Or so it was before Liquipel.

If you have an iPhone, Galaxy S2, HTC Evo or MyTouch, Motorola Droid X/X2 or Samsung Charge and are willing to send it on a three- to seven-day round-trip to California, the folks at Liquipel will waterproof your phone. First, they’ll run it through a vacuum chamber. Then they’ll expose your phone to a carbon-based gas that will coat its interior and exterior. That thin layer of coating will last the life of your phone and will be virtually undetectable, because it’s less than one-thousandth the thickness of a hair off your head.

Check out the videos at liquipel.com. You’ll cringe when you see various phones submerged in water. In one, the back cover is taken off to expose the battery to a pan full of water. In each of these videos, the phones emerge in a fully working state.

If you spend a lot of time around liquids, or just want protection from them, Liquipel promises to give you one less thing to worry about. Prices for this service start at $59.

If you’ve ever wanted to share the video on your iPod, iPhone or iPad with a friend, your solution is the Philips Twin Play Portable Video Viewer ($170, Best Buy).

This gadget comes with two 9-inch widescreen LCD displays, connection hardware, a car adapter and a travel bag. While the LCD displays don’t have as good a resolution as the screens on the newest iPad or iPhone, this system does make for a better way to share videos or internet content while on the go.

The greatest baseball pitcher of all time is Sandy Koufax. This left-hander for the Los Angeles Dodgers retired at the top of his game at age 30, having pitched a perfect game and three other no-hitters, and after winning three Cy Young Awards. When he was on his game, he was virtually unhittable, recording an incredible 2,396 career strikeouts during his 12-year career.

The plastic baseball toy Blitzball ($12 for a four-ball pack, collegehillgames.com) lets any of us wannabe pitchers master speed, accuracy and the dreaded curveball thanks to its flat-edge surface design that increases curving motion and reduces drag as the ball moves through the air.