A lot of people want their smartphones to be waterproof and strong in build, either they work in extreme weather conditions or have there own infinite reasons to have a waterproof mobile. Water damage is one of the largest culprit for corrupting electronic gadgets.
But before buying a water proof smartphone one thing to be kept in mind is the IP rating (abbreviated as Ingress protection), the IP rating tells the devices ability to withstand water.
The IP rating is denoted by two numbers the higher the numbers better is the protection , the first number denotes the dirt resistance, and the second one denotes water resistance.
EX a IP 68 mobile have dust protection value of 6(highest) , and water protection value 8 (highest).
Based on the IP rating the device resistance may vary from mere splash resistance to withstand a few ml of water , and some can even be submerged (still usable) under water.
If you just need a smartphone to withstand rain and an accidental spills then the low IP rated handset will do the job , else if you want to use the smartphone in swimming pools or to take selfies under water you need a high IP rated smartphone.
You can choose the best one that suits you from the below list of Best Water Proof Smartphones 2016.
1). Sony Xperia Z5
Flagship high end water proof Mobile – Sony is the first phone maker to introduce waterproofing in smartphones. It started with the launch of Xperia Z and continued adding water resistance in all its flagship series mobiles and some of the mid range devices as well (Sony M4 Aqua).
Sony Xperia Z5 is the company’s latest flagship and comes with a IP 68 Rating.
The device can be immersed under 1.5 meter of water for up to 30 minutes. Although the device carries the highest IP rating.
While Sony campaigned wildly to promote this feature in Xperia Z, Z2 and Z3 they took a back step with the Z5.
Sony now advices not to submerge the Z5 under water, and is concerned about the varying factors such as water pressure, mineral contents etc.
All these factors vary from lab testing conditions , but sony’s statement looks like a precaution to prevent the users from pushing the device’s ability to the limits.
It is still okay if your Z5 gets wet, nothing is going to happen to the device. But since it is really expensive you may not want to use it in the pool to avoid any damage. It will be much better to buy a water proof camera which do a better job at imaging under water.
Key Specs for Sony Xperia Z5
Screen 5.2 inches Full HD
Camera 23 MP rear, 5.1 MP front
Processor Snapdragon 810
RAM 3 GB
Storage 32 GB
IP rating IP 68
Battery 2900 mAh
2). Motorola Moto G 3rd gen
Best Budget Waterproof Mobile Under 10K – At the time of Moto’s re-entry, Motorola had two water resist smartphone in the market, one being a high-end Moto X and the other a Mid range Moto G, for a while Moto didn’t added Ingress Protection to its smartphone for unknown reason.
Now with the Launch of Moto G 3rd Gen , Motorola again returned to the game, being rated as IP x7 Moto G3 is the best budget smartphone with water proofing.
However the device is not rated for dust proofing as its marked X, but we cannot say the device is completely vulnerable to dust particles but why try to ruin your prized possession.
Key specs of Moto G 3rd gen
Screen 5.0 inch HD
Camera 13 MP Rear , 5 MP Front
Processor Snapdragon 410
RAM 1 GB / 2GB
Storage 16 GB, 32 GB
IP rating IP X7
Battery 2470 mAh
3). Samsung Galxy S5
The old horse still relevant in 2016, difficult to say, if you get it at a much cheaper price, then probably yes. It is one of the rare samsung smartphones which are waterproof.
The Galaxy S5 was one of the much hyped flagship smartphone of 2014 came with many new features considered impressive at that time. Now the smartphone got price dropped and sells for 22K, which is a great deal now
The Galaxy S5 comes with complete water and dust proofing and rated as IP67, the handset is powered by samsung’s Exynos 5420 processor clocked at 1.9 GHz with a RAM of 2GB
The device came with some interesting features like heart rate sensor for health monitoring , and a Barometer which turns the handset into a mini weather station
The device’s camera setup includes a 16MP primary camera and a 5.1 MP secondary front facing camera.
Key Specs of Galaxy S5
Screen 5.1 inch Full HD super AMOLED
Camera 16MP primary, 2 MP secondary
Processor Exynos 5420
IP rating IP 67
Battery 2800 mAh
4). A8 Plus
6 Robust Water Proof Smartphones 2016 – A8 Plus not only waterproof it is strong as a rock – The A8 plus is a generic smartphone from a lesser known phone maker.
The smartphone is rated as IP68 and it can withstand Water and dust, the device has a very robust build and has a highly rugged shell, reminiscence of a military grade gadget.
A glance at the device tells the durability of the smartphone, any one having this smartphone may like to use it in self defence too.
However the handset is not tough when looked from the Specs perspective, it comes with a mediocre MTK 6582 Quad core chipset , and just 1 GB of RAM.
Other than this , the smartphone packs an Altimeter, barometer, pedometer. It is a long battery life robust build waterproof, low cost smartphone.
Key specs of A8 Plus
Screen 4.9 inch WVGA screen
Camera 5 MP rear, 0.3 MP front
Processor Mediatek MTK 6582
RAM 1 GB
Storage 8 GB
IP rating IP68
Battery 3000 mAh
5). Sony M4 Aqua
A Mid-range Water proof smartphone from Sony which carries a IP rating of IP67. The device features a 5 inch HD display and powered by a 64-bit Octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor.
It is one of the best waterproof smartphone available in India under Rs. 20,000.
The camera is superb and has the Sony’s EXmor RS Sensor with 13 MP resolution, the front selfie shooter is a 5 megapixel.
The smartphone can be operated while submerged under water and making it useful to take underwater photographs.
Apart from water proof smartphones, Sony even makes Water proof headsets which the company sells in a water filled bottle. Sony is a leader in waterproof gadgets and really durable quality which lasts for years.
Key Specs for Xperia Z5
Screen 5 inch HD
Camera 13 MP / 5MP
Processor Snapdragon 615
RAM 2 GB
Storage 16 GB internal storage.
IP rating IP 67
Battery 2400 mAh
6). Comet ( Buoyant smartphone)
This is a kind of bizzare smartphone in the list, which is yet to be launched, it can actually float on water. And of course is waterproof. We wrote a detailed article on Comet smartphone some time back you may like to check out – Forget Waterproof This Smartphone Can Float on Water.
The smartphone is rated as IP67 and it stands apart from other waterproof smartphone as its design is not supposed to sink under water , instead it floats on the water surface with the help of a pair of fins
The handset can stay in water for long time than other water proof smartphones and once released will be a true waterproof smartphone.
This cool concept was aroused from the mind of an Indian origin developer – Prashanth Raj, who is the inventor and founder of the company as well.
Key Specs of Comet
Screen 4.7 inch AMOLED full HD
Camera 16MP / 5MP
Processor Snapdragon 810
Storage 32GB, 64GB
IP rating IP 67
Battery 2800 mAh
Sounds amazing, can’t wait to float it. Thats All from my side share your thoughts in the comments below.