The phone entered hydrophilic coma and died a few days after. On the other side, GPSport was still up and running but wet on the inside display. I tried drying it out on a radiator but it didn't work, the amount of water inside it was to much so i decided to open it.
|Holux GPSport 245 and the tool of dissection|
|Front cover removed|
|Front cover, main and antenna PCB, battery|
The inside construction is pretty carefully designed. Water rubber seal keeps the two halves watertight. The only way water could have came in it was through the USB port flap wish is the only communication between outside and inside. The main PCB is good quality stuff but sadly i couldn't get a peek at the "brain" of this little beast as all the processing horses seemed to be under a metallic screen. The GPS antenna is on a different PCB mounted just above the display and perpendicular to it.
When i removed the PCB from the back cover i founded a common cell phone Li-ion battery. That's very handy in case I'll ever have problems with it because it will be easy to replace.
Job done! Put all the pieces back together, screwed the screws and it's as good as new. I use GPSport 245 as a bike computer, a photo GPS tagger, trip logger and sometimes on the mountain as a compass and orientation device. It's small, easy and pretty reliable. It doesn't have all the fancy features of bigger, more expensive GPS navigation systems like big or color display and map support but it's great just the way it is.