Today's portable electronic devices need to stand up to dust and splash hazards that go way beyond commonly used IP standards; which is why Gore testing goes way beyond them too. Our venting materials are tested and qualified to perform to industry standards, but also to additional protocols developed by our engineers that better reflect real-world conditions.
Most consumers (75%) believe smartphone manufacturers should make all their smartphones water resistant (strongly agree 38%, somewhat agree 37%) The survey also found an emotional connection between the phone brand and water protection.
Gore research shows that water incidents with smartphones is common (42% in the last year) and when incidents occur most consumers (81%) have a bad outcome (35% malfunction, 46% inoperable). This translates to 34% of households having a negative experience with their smartphones in the last year and 19% having to replace their smartphone.