Waterproof Cell Phones: The Next Market Wave

There’s a new gadget getting a lot of attention right now and it’s not the iPhone 5 or the Samsung Galaxy SIII. With the mobile giants gathering a great deal of press time, the What brings this new contender to the spotlight? The Kyocera Hydro has a unique feature that neither the SIII nor the iPhone 5 can boast: It’s waterproof.

The Kyocera Hydro waterproof cell phone

The Kyocera Hydro takes away the fear of water damage for cell phone users. Image via Kyocera.

How many times has your phone ended up at the bottom of a sink filled with wet dishes, in a puddle, or even at the bottom of your toilet bowl? Sometimes we have to face that living on a planet that’s 70% water might not give our gadgets the best odds of survival. The Kyocera Hydro is working to lighten the impact of such incidents, as the new phone is waterproof for up to 30 minutes in up to three feet of water, making it an ideal choice for the accident prone, beach bound, or rainy-day loving smart phone user.

 

In addition to it’s waterproofing, the Kyocera Hydro holds its own against the competition with its other smartphone features:

  • Android 4.0 (Icecream Sandwich)
  • 3.2 MP Camera with Flash & Video
  • WiFi and GPS Enabled
  • 3.5″ Touchscreen Display
  • 4.16 Ounces
  • 3G capabilities

The Hydro is available through Boost Mobile. If you prefer to shop around for different options, waterproof phones are slowly appearing on the market. In addition to the Kyocera Hydro, look for Casio’s GzOne Commando (available through Verizon) or for the anticipated Sony Xperia V. Also be on the lookout for new film technologies that could add a protective coating to your existing smartphone, making them more water resistant.

 

If your phone isn’t quite up to speed with waterproof technologies, your warranty may not cover damage incurred from liquid or moisture; Protect Your Bubble’s Gadget Insurance can give you the protection you need against liquid damage. Even if your phone is waterproof, our insurance also covers you for other forms of accidents, loss, or theft.

 

How many times have you lost a phone to water damage, and how’d you do it? Share your phone’s tale of watery demise in a comment or on our Facebook page.

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Infographic: iPhone 5 Owners

It’s been said that there are differences between New Yorkers and Californians. Recently, Protect Your Bubble put that concept to the test. We’ve created an infographic showcasing the differences between the two cities. On Sept. 21, 2012, release day of the iPhone 5, we surveyed consumers waiting in line at Apple stores in New York City and San Francisco.  The findings are below:

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These two cities do have something in common; they know that if their iPhone needs to be replaced it’s expensive without the carrier subsidy. Mobile gadget insurance brand, Protect Your Bubble, offers affordable and comprehensive iPhone insurance that provides coverage for unexpected events like theft, accidental damage, loss and breakdowns outside of the manufacturer’s warranty period, with 24 hour replacement of the device. Visit www.ProtectYourBubble.com for a quick quote today.

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Take a Fall Road Trip To Celebrate the Best Autumn Celebrations in the Country

various colorful fall leaves - Image via MorgueFile

Fall is the perfect season to explore; check out these fantastic destinations for an October getaway.

The air is crisp, the leaves are turning, and you’re starting to see pumpkins at the grocery store–fall is here. While you may be mourning the passing of summer vacation season, the cooler temperatures are no reason to stay at home. Take the weekend, rent a car, and head off to one of the numerous fall festivals going on around the country. If you can’t decide which ones to attend, check out some of the best in the nation:

 

  1. National Apple Harvest Festival
    The National Apple Harvest Festival is a New England favorite, compiling all of the apple festival classics from hayrides to pork barbecue and more. Located in Arendtsville, Pennsylvania, the festival brings together all of your favorite and nostalgic elements of fall during the first two weekends in October. Bob for apples or enjoy a cup cider, apple pie, or another apple focused delight.
  2. Harpoon Oktoberfest Vermont
    Most Oktoberfest celebrations take place in September, but if you find yourself craving another bout of German cuisine, beer, and fun, head to Vermont for the Harpoon Oktoberfest celebration October 6th and 7th. As the second Oktoberfest celebration for Harpoon, the beloved microbrewery, this slightly smaller event offers all of the “oompah music, chicken dancing, cake eating, bratwurst, and of course, barrels upon barrels of freshly brewed Harpoon beer” as their larger Boston celebration but within the beautiful setting of Vermont’s fall foliage.
  3. Austin City Limits Festival
    Be sure to head out west if the fall season brings music to your ears. The Austin City Limits Festival, sometimes called the “Coachella of the South”, attracts an impressive crowd of 150,000 plus. Join the masses for great music and an amazing line up October 12-14.
  4. International Balloon Fiesta
    Take your autumn travels to new heights with this hot air balloon extravaganza in Albuquerque  New Mexico. More than 600 hot air balloons will rise to skies during this celebration from October 6-14.
  5. National Shrimp Festival
    If you’re a fan of gumbo, seafood, or fun, then this Southern celebration is your ideal fall getaway. The National Shrimp Festival celebrates shrimp and all of it’s delicious preparations in Gulf Shores, Alabama while showcasing sand art, music and more. The festival is held each year during the second full weekend in October.
Whether your stomach calls you to a celebration of food or your ears to a festival of music, the fall season is calling you to venture out and explore. When you rent a car to get you from point A to point B, be sure to take out rental car insurance so that you can focus on the fun of your trip rather than worry about the “what-if’s”.
Do you have any fall festivals you’d like to recommend? Tell us about them in a comment.
 

 

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iPhone 5: East Coast vs.West Coast

ProtectYourBubble.com commissioned a survey in New York City and San Francisco this morning of over 200 Apple fans in line for the new iPhone 5.  The first-ever study of iPhone 5 purchasers reveals more Apple fans in San Francisco would prefer to have lunch with Albert Einstein over Steve Jobs, JFK and Lady Gaga; whereas NYC residents chose Steve Jobs over Einstein. Other differences between the two cities indicate:

 

  • More than 60 percent of San Francisco iPhone fans standing in line would rather misplace their iPhones than their wallets. In New York City,  the majority of Apple fans would rather lose their wallets than their iPhones.

 

  • The majority of San Francisco Apple fans in line picture Siri as Cameron Diaz, while the majority of New York City Apple fans in line envision Angelina Jolie.

 

  • Similarities found between the two cities include: 70 percent of those waiting in line were male, in their middle 20s, have purchased 3 or more iPhones in the past and were most looking forward to the phone’s longer lasting battery.

 

  • 43.4 percent of the people polled did not know that replacing their iPhone 5 without a contract can cost as much as $749 versus the subsidized rate of $299 for the iPhone 5 32 GB, underscoring the importance of researching and purchasing gadget insurance.
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Infographic: Smartphones’ Global Impact

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It’s no secret that smartphones have made an immeasurable impact on the world. These devices have become such a necessity for the modern world. Can you imagine life without your phone? Be sure to protect it with Protect Your Bubble‘s smartphone insurance today!

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