Thin has been in with cellphones ever since the Motorola Razr, but thin and waterproof? It boggles the mind, but Fujitsu has done it here at CES. I asked the Fujitsu rep under what circumstances you'd need a phone or a tablet that's waterproof and also very very thin, and he couldn't think of any. But I can.
The Fujitsu "Arrows" ES IS12F is a respectable phone, completely apart from the fact that it's water resistant for up to 30 minutes at a depth of five feet. Like, it's got a four-inch WVGA AMOLED display and halfway decent guts inside, for a phone. So, that's fine, but here are three reasons why you (you!) might need the world's thinnest waterproof cellphone.
- You don't want a fat phone ruining the sexy lines of your wetsuit. Because, c'mon, everyone looks sexy in a wetsuit, unless you've got a huge cellphone bulge in an inappropriate place.
- You're studying underwater basket weaving and you need to look up "underwater basket weaving" on Wikipedia while also having something to cut your underwater basket weaving materials with.
- You can tell all of your friends how you have the world's thinnest waterproof cellphone and smugly enjoy their blank and slightly confused stares.
I have a feeling that most people will probably opt for reason number three, but it's worth mentioning that the vast majority of cellphone damage comes from people getting the darn things wet. And while these phones aren't designed to be used while scuba diving, they will be just find if you drop them into the pool, the fishtank, or yes, even the toilet.
Like the idea of a skinny waterproof phone? Then you'll love the idea of a skinny waterproof tablet. Pictured above, it's got a 10-inch display and is all of 11.3 millimeters thick. On board is a dual-core processor running Android 3.2, with a slick custom UI that allows for hand gesture control that works even without making contact with the tablet itself. Oh, and did we mention it's waterproof?
You can't buy either of these things in the U.S. as of yet (the phone is up for grabs in Japan), but Fujitsu says that it's currently in talks with "all major carriers" to try and make it happen around here.
Posted on location at CES 2012 in Las Vegas.