The UK’s 2017 waterproof smartphones are highlighted here in this article.
As smartphones play an ever increasing role within our daily lives, protecting them from damage has become a high priority for both consumer and manufacturer. Water is a real phone killer, so dropping your mobile phone into water, splashing your phone or getting your phone wet in the rain, is asking for trouble.
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Waterproof, water resistant and splash proof mobile phone are becoming more commonplace and here we take a look at the waterproof mobile phones of 2017. Before we begin, it is important to understand what IP certification means.
The second number in IP certification identifies the level of protection against water. Below you can see exactly what that number represents:
The Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are the very first water resistant iPhones.
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Apple re-engineered the entire enclosure to make it splash, spill and water resistant. The Apple iPhone 7 was tested in a laboratory to IP67 standards. Despite its IP certification, Apple still doesn’t go as far as covering liquid damage as part of its warranty.
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The water resistant design of the Sony Xperia XZ gives protection against sudden spills and unexpected showers. With IP65 and IP68 certification, you can even wash off dirt under the tap.
Sony advises that all ports and attached covers must be firmly in place and reiterate that the Sony Xperia XZ is not designed to be completely submerged in water, saltwater, chlorinated water or drinks.
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The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are IP68 certified, meaning that you can place the phones on a wet surface, immerse them in water or play games around the pool.
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If budget is a consideration but you still want Samsung, then the new Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017) will be with us shortly. This trio of handsets have all been tested IP68 standards, giving the same level of waterproofing as the Galaxy S7.
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The Motorola Moto G4 Play uses water repellent advanced nano coating technology, in order to create a water repellent barrier. The nano coating will protect the phone from moderate exposure to water, such as light rain and accidental spills or splashes.
Motorola advises that the Moto G4 Play is not submersible and should not be subjected to pressurised water. Although the Moto G4 Play has been tested to IP standards, it is one of the cheapest phones around and is available on a contract or SIM free.
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Written by: Michael Brown
Looking for a bargain waterproof phone? Then check out below the best waterproof phones of last year as prices continue to tumble.
Sony Xperia Z5
The Sony Xperia Z5 is the very latest waterproof smartphone to hit the market and the phone is IP68 certified, making it water and dust tight. No longer will а rain shower, accidental drop in the sink or a knocked over drink ruin your and your phone’s day.
The Sony Xperia Z5 has a cap-less USB port for charging the phone, but care must be taken to ensure that the contacts are completely dry before charging. The design includes a frosted glass black, power button with integrated fingerprint sensor and a large 5.3” display.
The camera is exceptional and hard to beat on any smartphone with a resolution of 23MP. Owners will enjoy an average two-days battery and the power of a quad-core processor.
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Motorola Moto G 2015
If a budget waterproof phone is your target, then the Motorola Moto G 2015 is likely to be the phone that makes your day. This bargain is IPX7 certified for protection against accidental splashes and drops in water and even the 5” HD display is durable and protected behind Corning Gorilla Glass.
An average user will enjoy an all-day battery, giving hours of use for browsing the internet over 4G, exploring the Android Lollipop OS and 13MP camera. The whole experience is powered by a capable quad-core processor.
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Samsung galaxy Xcover 3
Samsung puts a seriously desirable brand name behind a waterproof phone with the Galaxy Xcover 3. IP67 certified for dust and water resistance this phone has been designed to withstand the rigours of everything from deserts to ski slopes and building sites.
The Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3 also benefits from having ports that do not need a cap in order to make them waterproof. For extra practicality, the 4.5” display can be used while wearing gloves, an excellent feature for a phone that is designed to be used outside.
The remainder of the spec, which includes an Android OS, is rather ordinary and with a 5MP main camera this is probably not the right choice for those who want to snap exceptionally high resolution images.
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Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
Sony makes a second appearance in our list of waterproof phones with the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua. Specifically created for use in water, the Xperia M4 Aqua is IP65/IP68 certified for submersion in water to a depth of 1.5 metres and for up to 30 minutes.
The waterproof 13MP camera and the 5MP wide-angle selfie camera can both be used under water and the results can be viewed on the 5” display. An octa-core processor provides a lag-free experience and the Xperia M4 Aqua has a two-day battery.
The Huawei P8 has a nano-coating that makes it spill proof, so we are not talking about a fully waterproof deal here. The phone however has exceptional features that includes an aluminium and steel body and a 5.2” display.
The experience is powered by an octa-core processor and Android Lollipop OS. The 13MP camera has outstanding features that include light painting and time-lapse photography. The selfie camera is one of the best on the market and this is rated at 8MP.
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Written by: Michael Brown