can water damage slow you smartphone?

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i was charging my samsung galaxy S II phone the other day while driving, and i put the phone in one of the cup holders.  i didn't realize that there was a little bit of water/juice in the cup holder.  as a result i saw that there is some water on the outside of phone protector.  i wiped it off but a week later when i was checking the battery i noticed some water/condensation inside the phone. i dried that off too.  as far as i know there was no major damage to my phone, the water damager marker didn't change color, my internet speed seems normal.  the only things that lag are when i dial a number and hang up, sometimes the hangup is slow.  in addition, sometimes when i am typing email, the touch screen + swipe feature seems slow/unresponsive.  my question is is it possible for a water damaged phone to still work but somehow becomes slower?   or is it more of a firmware/software issue or just the fact that samsung galaxy SII phones don't have good dialing/email functionalities?  thanks.
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You don't want water inside your phone or any other electrical device because the impurities in water do conduct electricity and can therefore spread voltage to parts of the phone that aren't expecting it.  Those components get damaged or permanently malfunction as a result.  So with that said, your phone or one of the components is more likely to stop working completely than become slow.  I would say it's a software / firmware issue, but make sure that it's completely dry.
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commonly, if it works, it works, no impacts to performance.

> the only things that lag are when i dial a number and hang up, sometimes the hangup is slow.  in addition, sometimes when i am typing email, the touch screen + swipe feature seems slow/unresponsive.

all sounds like a bit physical damage to your touch screen, specifically the touch-screen sensor under the surface. better consult this with your local Samsung service centres.

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i am not sure if there are physical damages.  the cancel/hangup button for the calling is on the lower right hand corner of the phone.  if i go to my applications and hit the icon located near the same location the response time seems normal.  i tried several applications located on that spot by paging thru my applications, and the response time seem normal.
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Then it does sound like a software issue with that particular app.  Either way I would remove the battery, open all compartments, and wipe everything down with a dry cloth to ensure that there's no water or moiisture buildup.

And if you end up taking it in for repairs, definitely don't tell them about the accident :)

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it turned out that if i take the battery out while the phone is on, it resets the software.  the phone is now a lot faster.  not sure what the reason behind it is though.
That can happen if there are programs open on the phone using memory or running in the background.  I had a Palm Treo Pro and even my current Bold 9900 can eventually slow down until I do a reset.

I would otherwise check with Samsung to see if there's a update that might address the problem you have.
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> it turned out that if i take the battery out while the phone is on, it resets the software.  the phone is now a lot faster.

memory leaking??

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Yes it's most likely bad software.

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