SXSW 2012 Day One Recap

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Day one of the 2012 SXSW Interactive event in Austin, TX is one for the history books. This is my third SXSW, and for the first time in years, the weather is terrible! With temperatures in the 50s, it has been raining nonstop, making it really difficult to get around between sessions. The line to pick up your badge topped out at a four hour wait, with the line snaking all over the Austin Convention Center!


Staying connected in this weather is definitely a challenge, but one device that I’m glad I brought along has been the Motorola DROID RAZR. With all the rain, I can use the DROID RAZR easily, since it has a water-resistant coating. You’ll probably remember back in December that I was able to test this with Motorola Mike during our SoRightLIVE event.

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The other lifesaver on the DROID RAZR has been Verizon’s 4G LTE. Connectivity is everything at SXSW, so having a network that rocks and doesn’t get bogged down is essential. The Personal Hotspot service lets me use the DROID RAZR’s killer connection on all my devices, including my iPad (which I’m writing this blog post on, by the way).


With all that connectivity comes a huge power drain. While the DROID RAZR’s battery is pretty stinking good, I also always keep a couple of Enercell Portable Power banks handy. Every time I pull the Enercell out and start using it, I get a handful of people who are just astounded by how small and convenient they are, especially at an event like SXSW.

Paige and I will be at SXSW through Monday the 12th, and all of our coverage will be here on The Shack Blog, as well as FacebookTwitter and Instagram. Follow us there and be sure to check back for all the action!

As the thunder rolls in the background, it’s looking like its going to be another messy day at SXSW. What do YOU do to keep your devices safe in inclement weather like crazy thunderstorms and downpours? Tell us in the comments below and we’ll randomly choose two folks to get a cool kit to stay powered up.

One comment/entry per person. Contest begins at 2:00 pm CST on March 10, 2012 and ends at 1:59 pm CST on March 13, 2012. Winner will be chosen randomly by RadioShack and announced after 2:00 pm CST on March 14, 2012.

No payment or purchase necessary to win. Neither a purchase nor payment will improve your chances of winning. While you’re pretty cool in our book, you are not a winner of this contest yet. Void where prohibited. Must be a resident of the 50 United States to win.

Updated 3/14/12: Thanks to everyone for commenting! Congrats to Joel G. and Lizzy on winning a stay powered up kit! 

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  • Vladimir Hernandez

    I used to carry ziplock bags , in case it rained , but now I use the best case for the iPhone 4 or 4S, Lifeproof case. Water,shock,snow and dust proof

  • Linda Bundrick

    During inclement weather I resort to ziplock bags at keeping my devices dry…I am sure there is a better way :)

  • Shannon S

    I unplug all of my electronic devices and I put my phone in a ziploc bag..low tech but works

  • Kim C

    I usually just hide them in my purse, on the way bottom under all my Or if its really bad I just leave them in the car.

  • Joel Guzman

    I used to carry ziplock bags , in case it rained , but now I use the best case for the iPhone 4 or 4S, Lifeproof case. Water,shock,snow and dust proof

  • Sean S

    I have an inner pocket in my rain jacket that I put my phone in. Then I hunch over and hope for the best.

  • Jonathan A

    This is how to deal with crazy thunderstorms and downpours:

    No case required, but good to have just in case of drops ;-)

  • newipadgeek

    this 4G LTE thing is really revolutionary but my location can not obtain it :(

  • Lauren

    I have a great case but always try to keep a ziplock in my purse just in case!

  • Andrew

    I just put it in my jeans pocket. If i yet so wet that’s a problem, then i think i have bigger issues.

  • Lizzy

    I carry a large purse, so I tuck it deep inside the bag and hope for the best. Not the best plan of action, but it works most of the time.

    My other trick, when it is pouring rain, is to find a nice coffee shop and wait it out.

  • Kim

    Ziplock baggie, umbrella and a whole lot of luck.

  • R. Casey

    I stay inside.

  • Kay Z

    Sounds like you’re having an awesome time! Welcome to TX & happy the rain stopped. A waterproof messenger bag helps protect any gear!

  • betsy cortez

    I do not take my device out in the rain. I only take it out of my purse inside.

  • Michelle Simons

    i have to unplug them. its scarey.

  • Zeke

    Double bag it; two zip lock bags and hope for the best!