I’m sure that there are those of you out there who use their smartphones in the tub. Soaking while you surf the Net and watch movies is just pure bliss, ain’t it? The bathtub smartphone is simply awesome! And slightly dangerous…

What you really need to pay attention to is waterproofing. Certainly there are special accessories and ziplock bags, but recently there’s been one…unique method running around the Internet rumor mills. What the hell am I talking about? Using condoms for waterproofing!

Obviously, condoms are quite tight and they don’t let water leak in, but does it actually work?? Well, there’s only one way to find out. Let’s hop to it!

・Wrapping the smartphone
First up: wrapping the smartphone. It goes without saying that condoms are not designed to be put on something the shape of a smartphone. You might be wondering if it’s difficult to get on, but while it did get stretched out quite a bit, the condom went on pretty smoothly. (That’s what she said! Ahem. Sorry.)

・Even after wrapping, it functioned normally
When I tried using the phone after bagging it, I found almost no awkwardness in touching the screen. It was a bit slippery, but functioned crisply. That’s the ultrathinness for you! (For his and her pleasure!)

・Stick it in water, and…
Next, we submerged the wrapped smartphone in some water. Honestly, my heart was pounding. But…OOOOH!!! It worked!!! It really, honestly worked! Even underwater, there’s nothing to worry about!

Well, there is some worry that water might seep in through the knot when completely submerged. But this seems like a great way to use your phone without worrying about humidity or water drops. If nothing else, it’s better than a ziplock bag since you can use it almost completely normally. This seems like it might be the best waterproofing method possible!!

・Some things to be careful of
While condoms seem like they might be perfect for waterproofing, there are a few things to keep in mind. First is the lubricating oil. If there’s too much of it, it’s possible that it might get inside the smartphone through the speaker. So be careful when wrapping your phone.

・For emergencies
Also, I couldn’t help thinking of the cost. The kind I bought were about 175 yen (about US$1.75) a pop. Generally, you use ’em and toss ’em, so if you’re doing this every day, the cost will really add up. That means that this is probably something to remember for emergencies (Though now we’re wondering what kind of emergencies would require a condom-wrapped smartphone…).

Finally, while this worked properly as far as I tested it, if you decide to try it yourself, do so at your own risk (We’re not responsible for any broken condoms!!).

Report: Megumi Sawai

▼Is…is it Halloween flavored??condomphone1

▼Scarier than watching the Grudge in an abandoned house!condomphone7

▼Maybe Apple will give me a new if I tell them I “dropped it.”

▼OMG! It’s still working!!!

▼Hope I don’t “get wet over my raincoat.”

▼Still looks fine!

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