Should I keep this "ZTE Reef" Android phone or return it?
September 5, 2013 11:40 AM Subscribe
I thought my old phone had drowned, so I ordered a waterproof Virgin Mobile "ZTE Reef" phone. Old phone has now sputtered back to life. Should I keep the Reef or return it?
posted by miyabo to technology (6 answers total)
Background: I have a history of breaking phones. Over the past 4 years, I've gone through 4 different smartphones and 1 dumb phone. I'm outdoors a lot, and happen to be very clumsy.
On Monday, I accidentally dropped my Virgin Mobile Samsung Galaxy SII in standing water in the sink. I did what you're supposed to do, which is take the battery out and let it sit overnight. In the morning, it didn't turn on, so I panicked and ordered a new phone. The new one is a Virgin Mobile "ZTE Reef." Not coincidentally, it is advertised as waterproof. It is still sitting in the box, unopened.
Today, I was fooling around and turned on the old Galaxy SII. It worked! I think sitting in an air-conditioned room for 3 days must have sucked the last remaining moisture out of the works.
So should I keep the Reef or return it? I figure it would cost about $20 to mail back to Virgin. There are no reviews of the Reef online, and I know it has lower specs than the SII -- so it might be a downgrade. On the other hand the idea of a waterproof phone is extremely appealing, as I have destroyed phones for real through water damage before.
Or should I keep the SII and get phone insurance? Would that reliably cover damage through user stupidity?