DOES YOUR SMART PHONE NEED TO PLAY HOLI TOO?
What happens to electronic gadgets on your person when you are celebrating Holi. More specifically what happens to your smart phone in such a situation? All that water and colour can affect the functioning of the phone. Café spoke to retailers of mobile phones and hardened party animals to ascertain what they intended to do to avoid any damage to their phone
Holi is here and it’s time to cast ones worries aside and party. As one parties as if there is no tomorrow keep that phone dry. Because life has to go on.
Felipe Alvares of Prime Electronics said he always kept it at home when he went out to celebrate Holi. He suggested one could store the phone in a zip lock bag which was water resistant. Felipe claimed that he had learnt of a surge in business at the service centre after Holi from customers which had suffered damage during Holi celebrations. Jyoti Saxena who celebrates Holi with great vigour was non plussed by the prospect of celebrating Holi with a smart phone. Jyoti said “I really do not worry because I leave my phone in my car. I advise everyone to use a good screen cover which makes it water proof. Years ago, I was pushed into the pool along with my phone and I had problems. I learnt my lesson and now keep my phone in the car. Since I party with family, there are others who take photographs.” Amandeep Kaur Garcha who has been celebrating Holi for several years in Goa said she preferred to keep her phone at home but if she ever took it out then it was usually in a transparent envelope. This would not stop her from taking photographs. Amandeep said “I am careful with my stuff and it pays to take these precautions because once we start playing then it can get very intense.” Lyndon Furtado of Pacific, an outlet that deals in mobile phones in Panjim said mobile phones had improved dramatically over in the years in terms of water resistance and if one used lamination, it was water proof. The polythene packets, Lyndon said were also very good. He said “If the phone is dipped in water, there will not be a problem. The phone will remain water resistant. However, if you are thrown into a pool along with your phone, then there are no guarantees. The number of cases of phones being affected by water has dropped to one third from fifteen years ago”. For RumanaRoowaala of Thal, her smartphone, will not be travelling with her. “What ever photographs need to be taken will be done by my friends. I am not a very tech person, I keep a very basic phone.” Businessman and man about town Vicky Jhangiani, the mobile phone is kept safely in the car during the celebrations. He said “My friends will take photographs and they will send it to me later, so it is not a problem”. For youngsters like Naidira d souza and Natasha Gonsalves, Holi will be played with great gusto. Both are proud owners of I phones and intend to keep in the dicky of the car or in a plastic bag to ensure it is not damaged. Natasha has been celebrating Holi for more than five years now and has her routine down pat. Her mobile phone which is precious to her will be kept safely and photographs swapped later to keep these memories alive.
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