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The Kindle Is Great, But Not So Great In the Bathtub

Do You Use Your Gadgets in the Bathtub?

The other day, I was chatting with another Sugar employee about how they love their Kindle, but they don't know what to do about their love for reading in the bathtub.

You see, the Kindle is certainly not waterproof (kids, don't test this out at home), and for those of us like my co-worker — who love some reading material while rub-ba-dub-dubbing — this can pose a serious problem for any Kindle owner. Maybe in due time, there will be fancy schmancy protective cases that come out to protect the Kindle from water damage.

Nevertheless, I know how dangerous it is to have devices near water but I do it anyway. For those oh-so-important phone calls I can't miss, I'm known to wrap my cell phone in a towel — so it's safe from the spraying shower, but I can still hear it ringing. Tell me I'm somewhat normal and there are more of you that do this? Or am I completely solo on this one?

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otay otay 8 years
That's all i need, drop my phone in the tub! That would suck! Plus these days don't have much time for bath's, quick shower and that's it, usually.
Matdredalia Matdredalia 8 years
Never, ever, ever. I would NEVER, EVER dream of it. I have NIGHTMARES about my Nintendo DS getting wet. Like, I've had horrible dreams that I've taken my iPod into the shower, all kinds of crazy stuff. I *MIGHT* think of it with the Kindle if I was relaxing in the hot tub if it had a super-protective, water-proof case. But that's about it.
Molly Molly 8 years
Rev Run definitely does, every day.
moleculefresh moleculefresh 8 years
Don't really have baths, but an ipod with speakers or a phone is okay for me.
steen steen 8 years
I like my baths hot so the steam tends to create condensation on my Reader. Other e-book folks put their readers in Ziplock bags but I guess I'm too paranoid to do that. I should try perching my laptop on a stool nearby and watching shows. That sounds like a great idea! I need to enjoy my gigantic tub while I can --- we're moving out of our rental house later this year!
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
No. But I rarely take baths anymore.
hannegee hannegee 8 years
i keep my laptop next to the bathtub when having a bath, i like to watch guilt pleasure tv shows that i have downloaded :)
aistea311 aistea311 8 years
I bring my iPhone and keep it on a towel when I take a bath. I have to be super careful though :)
cal1 cal1 8 years
I need my iPod when I shower. I just keep my speakers' remote control in a Ziploc bag and keep it next to the shampoo. No accidents so far.
laura_j laura_j 8 years
with my luck, all it'd take is a flick of the wrist and then...*plunk*! sure it wouldn't shock me to death, but i'd be super bummed. especially since getting laid off, i wouldn't be able to afford a new phone/kindle/any kind of electric gadget!!! so definitely won't be taking any chances!
AdriH AdriH 8 years
I have been known to bathe with my iphone, my kindle, and my nintendo DS. I've been reading in the bath my whole life, and I've not dropped a book once, so I consider that pretty good odds. None of those gadgets have charges enough to hurt ME if I do drop them, so I'm pretty safe, too. :) I never keep gadgets near the shower, though.
Anne26 Anne26 8 years
I'm not that crazy to use my cell in the bathtub bc I would drop it.
laura_j laura_j 8 years
i always wrap my iphone in a washcloth and leave it on the vanity playing music when im in the shower. its about 4 feet away but im afraid the hot steam will do something to mess it up. i had a razr i would keep in the bathroom while showering, it never fell in water or anything but the steam turned this little sticker red and my phone company refused to send it away to be fixed saying it was due to water damage. :(
wednesday816 wednesday816 8 years
I'm so clumsy if I brought my laptop or my cellphone ore even my iPod in the bathtub I know I would drop it, ruin it, and electrocute myself!
bluebrooke11 bluebrooke11 8 years
Gosh. If I were to bring something like my laptop or my cell phone to the bathtub then it'd be ruined in the period of 5 minutes or less. I am such a klutz. I would get it wet, or knock it onto the floor or in the water, I mean seriously. And there is no way I'm going to risk that.
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 8 years
I do this. I've used my phone (cell and house) in the shower and they usually get a few drops of water on them. I also used a mp3 player when I'm not using my phone. My speakers usually get wet when I'm skipping songs or lowering the volume. All of my stuff it fine and has never fallen in the tub.
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
I used to have one of those small speakers you hook up to an mp3 player and I'd use it in the bathroom all the time. My brother uses to boom box in there a lot. Sometimes I take my phone in the bathroom if I'm expecting a call/text and I dry my hands off and text.
pristinepumpkin pristinepumpkin 8 years
Well, I have the phone near me while I am in the tub, also my laptop is right next to the tub as well, I will dry off my hand when i want to change a song or talk to someone on messenger....xD
tvjunkie45 tvjunkie45 8 years
No way. I already have enough problems with electronics and gadgets, no need to tempt fate by bring them close to water.
summerheat summerheat 8 years
One thing that I did back when I had a regular candybar cellphone was put my phone in a zip lock bag so I could listen to my mp3s and answer any text messages while I took a long bath. I haven't took a bath in a long time but everytime I take a bath, I have to bring a book with me. The only time I didn't was when I was in Japan and didn't have any reading material.
Emberly Emberly 8 years
I admit that I am a Kindle owner and also a bathtub reader... I don't get to do it often but on the weekends I like taking a ridiculously luxurious bubble bath and often if I have a good book I'll read for a bit while relaxing in the tub. I don't know where the habit started but I've been doing it since I was a little kid. I've continued to keep my account with (LOVE them) mostly because I need an actual book for my bathtime reading... I'm not taking my Kindle anywhere near that possible death trap.
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