THE TOP WATERPROOF & WATER RESISTANT PHONES TO BUY IN 2017

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Having a mobile phone is always a good thing but sometimes accidents do occur when you accidentally drop it in water or get caught in the rain. Thankfully, mobile-manufacturers have cottoned onto this fact of life and have started creating handsets that can withstand a bit of water.

Because of this smartphone manufacturers are launching phones with IP 67 and 68 ratings, meaning your phone likely won’t be rendered useless if it gets submerged in water on accident.

The question is how do you know if your mobile phone can withstand water,like we said earlier phones are being lunched with Ingress Protection (IP) rating and they are made up of two numbers e.g: IP 67 or IP 53.

The first number after ‘IP’ is to tell how the phone is protected against dust and dirt. ‘1’ ranks as no protection and ‘6’ or above means the device is completely dust-proof.

The second number means moisture protection. Let’s say, ‘1’ means the device can’t withstand any water, while ‘9’ tells you it’s fully protected from prolonged periods of immersion under water.

 

IP RATING CHART

If you are the careless type this information is for you, Here are the best waterproof phones on the market that are ready for your wet-and-wild adventures.

 

LG G6

The LG announced its upcoming phone the LG G6 at the MWC 2017 which is their first water resistant android phone.The LG G6 packs a 5.7” display in an attractive sleek phone that comfortably fits in one hand.

The QHD+ resolution is enhanced by Dolby Vision to give you a more authentic cinematic viewing experience and the fullvision display is made possible by the 80% screen to body ratio that is complemented by an aluminum and glass. With water, dust, and military-standard drop shock resistance, the LG G6 is ready to go.

The LG G6 uses last year’s Snapdragon 821 CPU with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of basic storage.

The LG G6 is certified with an IP68 protection standard. These IP grades belong to EIC standards, an international standard, and are used to check the resistance of industrial electronic equipment.

The first digit is 6: highest degree of protection against dust. Dust can not get into a device under any circumstances.

The second digit is 8: protection against water in complete and continuous immersion. Device will withstand a complete immersion in water up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes. Water temperature can vary from 15 to 35ºC.

SPECIFICATION

  • Display:5.7-inch, 2,880×1,440 pixels
  • Pixel density:565 ppi
  • Dimensions (inches):5.86×2.83×0.31 inches
  • Dimensions (millimeters):148.9×71.97.x7.9 mm
  • Weight (ounces, grams):5.7 oz, 162g
  • Mobile software:Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Camera:13-megapixel, 13-megapixel wide
  • Front-facing camera:5-megapixel
  • Video capture:4K
  • Processor:2.35GHz Snapdragon 821 with Adreno 530 GPU
  • Storage:32GB
  • RAM:4GB
  • Expandable storage:Up to 2TB
  • Battery:3,300mAh (nonremovable)
  • Fingerprint sensor:Back cover
  • Connector:USB-C
  • Special features:18:9 screen ratio, wireless charging, IP68

SONY XPERIA XZ

During the IFA 2016 in berlin the Sony Xperia XZ came with some powerful specs, a great camera and a new design direction.The phone comes with a 5.20-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels.

The Sony Xperia XZ is powered by 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and it comes with 3GB of RAM. The phone packs 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 200GB via a microSD card. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Sony Xperia XZ packs a 23-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 13-megapixel front shooter for selfies.

And like most other Sony phones out there the XZ has an IP 68 certification, meaning your phone can survive underwater at a maximum depth of 1.5 meters for 30 minutes. It’s also protected from dust, dirt and sand.

Despite the rating, Sony’s small print says not to put it completely under water and not to expose it to the sea, salt water, chlorinated water or drinks.

SPECIFICATION

  • 2-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 424ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • 23MP rear camera, 13MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2,900mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 146 x 72 x 8.1mm, 161g

CAT S60

Cat, or Caterpillar, is a US-based construction machinery manufacturing company, the company licensed its brand to UK-based Bullitt Mobile back in 2013, which has since been producing Cat-branded feature phones, smartphones, as well as accessories, with an emphasis on durability.

The phone comes with a 4.70-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 720 pixels by 1280 pixels and it will run on Android 6.0.

The Cat S60 comes with a 1.2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor and it comes with 3GB of RAM.For the internal storage it will come with a 32GB storage which can be expandable via microSD. As for the cameras the Cat S60 packs a 13-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel front shooter for selfies.

The Cat S60 is one of the toughest phone ever made,Its extra thick die cast frame gives it MIL Spec 810G durability, meaning you can drop the handset from up to 1.8-metres and it’ll bounce back just fine.Conditions like salt, dust, humidity, rain, vibration, solar radiation, transport and thermal shock.

If you talk about the IP rating,it come with a rating of IP 68 which CAT which is the “world’s most waterproof smartphone.” It can actually survive underwater up to 5m for 60 minutes, which is longer than Samsung’s Galaxy S7 line can last.

SPECIFICATION

  • 7-inch a-Si AHVA display with 1280 x 720 resolution, 312ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • 13MP rear camera + FLIR thermal camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,800mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 9 x 73.4 x 12.7mm, 223g

SAMSUNG S7 ACTIVE

If your phone has taken a lot of swim this year more than you then you need to get yourself the Samsung S7 Active.The phone comes with a 5.10-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1440 pixels by 2560 pixels and it will run on Android 6.0

The Galaxy S7 Active will be powered by quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and it comes with 4GB of RAM. The phone packs 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 200GB via a microSD card. As for the camera, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active packs a 12-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel front shooter for selfies.

It’s IP68 certified for dust proofing and water resistance, and also comes with a MIL-STD-810G certification for salt, dust, humidity, rain, vibration, solar radiation, transport and thermal shock resistance.

SPECIFICATION

  • Display :5.1 inches (2560 x 1440 resolution)
  • Operating system :Android 6.01 Marshmallow
  • RAM:4GB
  • Storage:32GB internal, microSD up to 200GB
  • Rear camera:12MP Dual-Pixel with LED Flash, AF, f/1.7
  • Front camera :5MP with selfie-flash, f/1.7
  • LTE Bands:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 29, 30, 38, 39, 40, and 41
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE bands:850/900/1800/1900MHz
  • 3G-UMTS bands:850/900/1900/2100MHz
  • Processor:Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (MSM8996)
  • Quad cores: 2 at 2.15 GHz and 2 at 1.6 GHz
  • Dimensions:148.8 x 75.0 x 9.9 mm
  • Weight:185g
  • Battery:4000 mAh, Adaptive Fast Charging, Wireless Charging
  • Others:IP68 certified, Military Grade Body (MIL STD-810G), customizable Active Key, shatter-resistant screen, Nano-SIM
  • Connectivity:NFC, MST (for Samsung Pay), FM tuner, Bluetooth v4.2, Micro USB (USB 2.0), 3.5mm headset jack
  • Wifi:802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/r 2.4GHz, 5GHz
  • Sensors:Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro, Geomagnetic, HR, Proximity, RGB, Fingerprint, GPS, aGPS w/ SUPL, GLONASS

SAMSUNG S7 AND S7 EDGE

 

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are built to do more, in more places. With an IP68 rating, they’re water resistant to a maximum depth of 1.5m for up to 30 minutes, and are protected from dust, dirt and sand all without the need for extra caps or covers. Now there’s less to worry about.You can enjoy more freedom to explore, stay connected, and capture the adventure.

Running out of memory shouldn’t be a thing. So if 32GB isn’t already enough, you can add an additional 256GB with a microSD card. No clouds, no hard drives.

SPECIFICATION

Samsung Galaxy S7

  • 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 577ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200GB
  • 12MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 4 x 69.6 x 7.9mm, 152g

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

  • 5-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200GB
  • 12MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,600mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 9 x 72.6 x 7.7mm, 157g

IPHONE 7 AND 7 PLUS

 

iPhone 7 dramatically improves the most important aspects of the iPhone experience.It introduces advanced new camera systems.The best performance and battery life ever in an iPhone,immersive stereo speakers,the brightest most colorful iPhone display,splash  and water resistance.

Both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus feature a new 12-megapixel camera that delivers excellent performance in low light — a weakness of the iPhone 6s. There’s two reasons for this: a wider f 1/1.8 aperture lets in more light, compared with f 2/2.2 on the previous phones, and Apple finally gave both the 7 and 7 Plus optical image stabilization, which improves exposure while minimizing hand shake.

How water resistant is the iPhone 7? Apple calls it “splash and water resistant,” and by the way, IP67 means one meter of water for 30 minutes and complete dust resistance. But Apple also warns that any dip in salt water should be followed by an immediate rinse in fresh water. And also, you have to dry your phone for at least a couple of hours before charging.

 

SPECIFICATION

 

iPhone 7 iPhone 7 Plus
Size  

138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm (5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 in)

 

158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm (6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 in)
Weight  

4.87 ounces (138 grams)

 

6.63 ounces (188 grams)
Screen  

4.7-inch Retina HD LED-backlit widescreen

 

5.5-inch Retina HD LED-backlit widescreen
Resolution  

1,334 x 750 pixels (326 ppi)

 

1,920 x 1,080 pixels (401 ppi)
OS  

iOS 10

 

iOS 10
Storage  

32, 128, 256GB

 

32, 128, 256GB
MicroSD card slot  

No

 

No
NFC support  

Yes

 

Yes
Processor  

A10 Fusion with 64-bit architecture, M10 motion coprocessor

 

A10 Fusion with 64-bit architecture, M10 motion coprocessor
RAM  

2GB

 

3GB
Connectivity  

4G LTE, GSM, CDMA, HSPA+, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi

 

4G LTE, GSM, CDMA, HSPA+, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
Camera  

12MP rear, 7MP front

 

Dual 12MP rear, 7MP front
Video  

4K at 30fps, 1080p at 30 or 60fps

 

4K at 30fps, 1080p at 30 or 60fps
Bluetooth  

Yes, version 4.2

 

Yes, version 4.2
Fingerprint sensor  

Touch ID

 

Touch ID
Other sensors  

Barometer, 3-axis gyro, accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor

 

Barometer, 3-axis gyro, accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor
Water resistant  

Yes, IP67 rated

 

Yes, IP67 rated
Battery  

Up to 12 hours of internet use on LTE

 

Up to 13 hours of internet use on LTE
Charger  

Lightning

 

Lightning
Marketplace  

Apple App Store

 

Apple App Store
Color offerings  

Gold, rose gold, silver, black, jet black

 

Gold, rose gold, silver, black, jet black
Availability  

AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile

 

AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile
Price  

$649

 

$729

SONY XPERIA M4 AQUA

The Xperia M4 Aqua is physically larger than the Xperia Z3 Compact is. Though it has a 5-inch screen, it is almost identical to the 5.2-inch Xperia Z3 in terms of its physical dimensions. The plastic body accounts for its weight, which at 136g is noticeably less than the Xperia Z3’s 152g.

It isn’t the most comfortable phone to hold, mostly due to its size and the totally flat rear, but at least the rounded sides mean that it won’t easily slip out a hand.

The Xperia M4 Aqua Android phone brings you the same innovation in waterproof design as Sony premium smartphones, protecting against water as well as fine dust particles.The Xperia M4 Aqua has been given the highest IP rating in a smartphone – IP65/68. This is a standard that measures a device’s resistance levels to dust (IP65) and water (IP68 – both for splashes and submersion).

SPECIFICATION

  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • 5in IPS screen, 720 x 1280, 294 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor, 64-bit
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 8 GB internal storage, microSD card slot (up to 128 GB)
  • 13 Mp rear camera with Exmor RS
  • 5 Mp wide angle front camera
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • NFC
  • IP65/68 waterproof
  • 3 mm
  • 136 g
  • Black, white, silver, coral

The real draw, is the fact that these are top–end smartphones that can handle splashes and spills but still look sleek.So you dont need to worry on what type of phone to buy so just make your selection form the list above and you are good to go.

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