Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition waterproofing test with a bath

According to Motorola, my Xoom 2 Media Edition has a waterproof coating outside an in. This obviously means that it is intended for reading in the bath, which is full of water.

I simulated a standard full-immersion today, and was saddened to notice that almost immediately, I could see water soaking its way up the pages of my Kindle book, making the font harder to read. The device then iniated a cascade failure, with the touch screen not responding (probably as it thought the water was a giant thumb pressing the entire surface).

Symptoms of failure:

  • black vertical lines on the screen,
  • large chuks of screen black,
  • device is off and won’t turn on.

Not a strong vote in favour of the P2i coating Motorola boast in their video.

(Separately, this tablet is not suitable for SCUBA diving as it as negative buoyancy.)

Ze Stuart

Ze Stuart