Waterproofing is increasingly sought after in smartphones, and therefore, more and more, are the manufacturers that are trying to produce waterproof smartphones, although the models available in reality are still few in number due to the difficulty in producing them. Creating a smartphone where water does not damage components and can not even get inside, as well as creating one where dust cannot enter it is not a simple thing at all. Between stickers and various goods, you have to ensure a perfect construction quality for this to happen. Not to mention that the design must also be quite durable, because if something breaks, the device may not be water resistant. Not all waterproof smartphones resist the water in the same way, but usually their degree of resistance is indicated by a certification that is called IP, as well as their degree of dust resistance. So now you know when a smartphone is assigned the IP67 or IP68 label. The number that indicates the dust resistance is the first after the IP mark, and can go from 1 to 6 (or X if the powder certification is not present). What is water resistance is the second after the IP mark and can range from 1 to 8. Specifically, waterproofness is guaranteed by numbers 7 and 8, while up to 6 usually have only a splash resistance. Sketches and jets at best, so we call them only splashproof and not waterproof in this case. Grade 7 generally refers to a device that can withstand temporary diving under water, while with number 8 is usually a device that also resists prolonged dives.
Clearly however, the fact that there is number 8 in certification does not mean that you can leave it under water forever. There is always a time limit and even depth after which a smartphone will undoubtedly report any damage, so it is advised to be careful. Moreover, there is a point to say that certification degrees are for fresh water, and it is recommended that you be careful when you want to immerse your device in salty water. Here is a list of some of the best waterproof smartphones of 2017 (so far).
Moto G5 Plus is the cheapest smartphone among those that can withstand water, but there is bad news if you decide to buy it. Unfortunately, it is not completely waterproof, which means you can not dip it underwater. Its design is simply water-repellent, so it is protected against splashes but does not resist underwater. You can use it in the rain for example, which is still a great convenience. Another bad news is that it does not resist even dust. At least, however, it is the cheapest cost-effective device that can withstand water, and at this price, it is virtually impossible to find one unless you go for rugged models from China. Among its features, the G5 Plus features a 5.2-inch full HD diagonal screen, and the hardware compartment is very well defended. We have a 2GHz SoC Snapdragon 625 , 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable internal storage for performance far beyond this band. The 16 megapixel camera is one of the best and despite being a midrange, it lets you take pictures as a true top of the range (it also makes discrete photos with little light!). The design is made of metal but only for the back, and this is one of the reasons why it resists the water. The battery finally has a capacity of 3000 mAh and thanks to the low power components it never hassle to end the day.
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) is the best in terms of resistance to both water and dust. In fact, it has virtually the same performance as a top of the range, and to find a completely waterproof smartphone at such a low price is a good fortune, especially if it is the Korean giant holding it.The certification of this smartphone is of course the IP68. As for water, you can safely dip it without causing any damage, and you can do it for an extended period of time. It can be up to 1.5 meters deep , which is the maximum value reached by normal smartphones. In addition, you can leave it in the water for up to 30 minutes , and here too we have the maximum to be declared. With this device you can rest assured that the waterproofing guard is well-made. It is not recommended, however, to strike the time limit stated by the manufacturer to avoid any risk of problems, although there have never been any serious problems from various tests. Even dust resistance in this case is maximum. Although it is one of the best waterproof smartphones, this device is nevertheless a premium design, indeed. The A series is known for this kind of feature, that is, premium design at no cost. On the back is in fact glass, while on the frame is metal, so we have no difference compared to a top of the range. The screen is in this case 5.2 inches, has Super AMOLED technology and also has a Full HD resolution. On its price range, it’s pretty much the best screen you can find. Its colors are very beautiful, detail is advanced, and there is also a very high brightness. The battery always reaches the day of use, whatever the condition of use. The hardware is comprised of a core octave processor Exynos, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of memory, while the camera is 16MP and is also above the average.
Apple iPhone 7 Plus is one of the most powerful smartphones. It is recommended for its water resistance along with the standard iPhone 7, which is less powerful in terms of performance and hardware. This device has an IP67 certification , and it should be pointed out that dust resistance is the highest grade, while water resistance is not because the grade is 7. For this reason, it is advised not to hold the smartphone underwater for a prolonged period, although in reality the values stated by Apple are not so far apart from those of an IP68 standard. Specifically, this smartphone can be in the water for up to thirty minutes without damaging it, and in terms of depth, you can immerse it up to a meter. A bit less then IP68, but still a very valuable value. From the tests that were made, Apple iPhone 7 Plus was kept on the water, pushing for a bit the Apple’s declared threshold, and however the smartphone did not stop functioning. The only anomaly was noted in the speaker, because the water inside it was not clear as before Apple iPhone 7 Plus was immersed. However it is still not recommended to overcome the values stated by Apple, that is, one meter of depth and 30 minutes.The rest of the features of the Apple iPhone 7 Plus include first of all a high quality metal design thanks to the 7000 Series aluminum screen. The screen has a resolution of 1080 x 1920 Full HD pixels and a diagonal of 5.5 inches , It stands out especially for its very good color reproduction. The hardware is made up of a quad-core Apple A10 Fusion processor of more than 2GHz, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory depending on the variation you choose to purchase. Thanks to iOS you will not find any smartphone that has the best performance. There is also a dual-lens 12 Megapixel camera with optical zoom and an excellent 2900 mAh battery.
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LG G6 also has the most efficient certification for resistance to both water and dust. It ha IP68 and this is LG’s first smartphone to be finally waterproof. Number 6 stands for the highest degree of dust resistance, while number 8 means maximum water resistance. Specifically, you can hold your smartphone underwater for up to thirty minutes and no damage will occur. As for the depth, you can dive with the phone in your hand up to a maximum of 1.5 meters . This is pretty much at the highest levels, and the tests have proven that this device is perfectly able to withstand these thresholds. The rest of the specifications include a large 5.7-inch bezel-less Quad HD + screen, with very thin edges and high screen-body ratio. It has 18: 9 format and is one of the best displays. In the hardware, there is a SoC Snapdragon 821, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of memory, which is enough for impressive performance.The camera is twin-megapixel and even wider, while the battery is 3300 mAh and is more than enough.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are the smartphones that are recommended the most for waterproofing. Both have an IP68 certification , so you will be able to immerse them even for prolonged periods under the water. To be precise, you can immerse them for a maximum of 30 minutes , while the maximum depth you can reach is 1.5 meters. Devices standing in this threshold have never been damaged and the same is true if the threshold is slightly faded. Speaker audio may decrease early on after you pull it out of the water, but then it returns normal when it dries or shortly afterward. It gives really good results if you consider the fact that these are less bezel devices. S8 Plus which, among other things, has 6.2 inches of screen, yet it resists water which is a wonder. Their design is made of glass and metal, while the display is certainly the best in the world with dimensions of 5.8 and 6.2 inches , QHD + resolution and also Super AMOLED support technology. As part of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, you will find a SoC Exynos 8895 octa-core, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of memory, for performance at any great fluidity. Even the camera is one of the best in the world, there is a 12-megapixel single sensor that is best when light conditions are not good, capturing great definitions even if the situation is adverse such as in the dark or in the dark twilight. The batteries each have capacities of 3000 and 3500 mAh. Both are enough to get to the end of the day, but S8 Plus is even better.
Waterproof smartphones are a necessity now as we use our phones 24/7 so they are more prone to water damage. However, not all waterproof smartphones are created equal and it helps to know which ones are actually useful.
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