08/12/2016, 07:59 PM
Last time it was a hot tub.
I felt the lump in my pocket, then the lump in my throat as i realized my phone was in my swim shorts. I pulled the phone out and immediately removed the battery. Put it in rice for the rest of the weekend, and when i got home installed a new battery. Everything was fine!
That was a few years ago, and that FrankenPre2 had since fallen on pavement and was rebuilt... Into the FrankenPre2 i accidentally put in the washing machine yesterday...
I was on a call, using my BT headset, when i decided i should throw in a batch of laundry. I put the phone on top of the clothes as i opened the door to go down to the basement laundry area.
It was while putting clothes into the filling washer, that the call faded out. I knew immediately what I'd done. I shut the water off and started reaching into the tub, and pulled out the little phone. I immediately pulled the battery and dried it with towels.
For the next 30 mins, i put it on the a/c vent so air would blow through the device. Then i ransacked the kitchen. Rice! Into the bag it went. 4 hours later, i checked it. No power on with battery, no power with usb cable. It seemed dead. Back in the rice it went overnight.
8 hours later, i tried again. New battery, plugged in, pressed power. Penguin!! It booted!
At first it would not recognize the TStone. I swapped another battery cover. It charged! But then the screen seemed wonky. I swapped another, and rebooted.
So far, it's played Apollo straight 4 hours, passed all built in tests including audio, power, touch, and screen.
The screen now has an inkblot test-shaped shadow to it. It's only noticeable when the screen is viewed at an angle. I suspect the layers between the glass and the LED panel got separated a little. But straight on, the screen looks perfect.
The keyboard is missing occasionally, but all keys work. That's easy, if i want to swap another keyboard rubber under-pad. I have those! The screen, id need another donor for that.
Only one mysterious power-down so far, just found it off in my pocket. So it may still be unreliable. But wow!! What a tough little phone. And people wonder why i love it.
New phones don't let you remove the battery. GUESS WHY!?! Every rice rescue like this is a lost sale. Screw you, telecoms and electronics makers!!! This same CDMA modem module has now been in 3 of my FrankenPre2s since it's removal from the donor (TJs7thPre), and submerged TWICE! HAH!!
Once again, I'm impressed by the exceptional design and engineering from the original webOS team. Where are these people now?? Ugh such potential. To think they made the best phone no one ever really knew.
Except us of course. Glad i could share my story with you.
Long live webOS!