washing your iPad [or] why I need coffee to function

One of the more convenient things in my digital life, something I’d rather not go without, is my Apple iPad, pictured below, which may look to the untrained eye to be in pretty decent shape some two and a half years later of often pretty hard use.

Notice anything different?

Notice anything different?

To be clear the iPad 1 (early adopter of all things Mac here) which has been with me since the first month they were released. I’d love to upgrade but other financial things stand in my way at the moment, I drool (iDrool?) over the Mini but, reality is, I love the size of the larger ones, maybe it’s the older artist in me who went to college originally for painting, I gravitate towards a larger canvas.

On an uneventful morning after getting up and getting my son ready for daycare it hit me I should start a load of laundry. So I stumbled into the bedroom while the coffee was brewing, saw my iPad on the night stand, walked over the the laundry hamper, tossing the iPad on top of the clothes, and proceeded to the laundry room. You can perhaps see where this is going, that is, if you’re like me, a person who doesn’t function well until about his second cup of coffee, at which point brains start to kick in.

No, I did not hear an odd “kathunk” when I dumped the clothes into the washing machine, nor did I hear any “kathunk kathunking” when the wash was running, perhaps because it’s a new modern efficiency washing machine that lacks an agitator and spins things more gently, perhaps is why the iPad survived in the first place.

Slightly bent, but bootable.

Slightly bent, but bootable.

It survived, but not perfectly, note the now slight curve to the bevel, which is more pronounced on one side than the other. Also it’s flexed slightly from one corner to the other so, placed on a flat surface, it wobbles.

iPad's odd splotching post-washing.

iPad's odd splotching post-washing.

But the most noticeable new “feature” post-wash, is weird sections of I’m assuming in the LED panel where there’s lighter pixels or areas. Sometimes if I push on the screen they go away leading me to wonder if it’s soap residue left between layers inside, but it’s not likely water as I left the iPad in a full bag of rice for three days which removed most the moisture.

The only other odd anomaly post wash was it refused to sync, so I had to create a new profile for it, after which, oddly, it reloaded all the apps and acted like nothing had happened save for the new curved body and splotchy screen.

I’ve always felt the iPad is, hands down, the best tablet, it’s not really even close as in most market segments, Apple leads, then the industry makes poor imitations and copies. So now add to this I’d like to see someone run say a Kindle or Galaxy or Nexus through a wash. Seeing how they’re cheap plastic that also lacks Apple’s fanatical dedication to super tight tolerances I’m sure you’d find clothing and a bunch of electronic parts, certainly nothing that would boot up immediately, as my iPad did before I realize “oh shoot, no no NO” and powered it right back down.

iPad 1, Washing Machine 0. But I think I’d rather not try that again.