Wednesday, March 29, 2023

The Best Water Resistant Smartphones – 2018 List

2017 has seen a number of new smartphones, with many more coming in the next few months. But only some of these smartphones are waterproof or will not stop working if they touch water. Most electronics aren’t friends with water, but there a few options out there. The best thing about all of this is that there are mid-range and even flagships smartphones in the few options available.

Oh and before we talk about some of the best waterproof smartphones, we’ll give you information on the IP (Ingress Protection) rating. They are used to rate the protection against dust and water. Most of the time, the IP comes with two numbers after it. What does that mean? The first number corresponds to the protection against solid objects. The second number indicates the level of protection against liquids. If the number starts with a five, the smartphone is protected against ingress and any particles that get inside won’t affect it. If the first number is a six, the device is fully protected against dust and will not let any particles in.

Here are the some of the best waterproof smartphones:

Sony Xperia Phones

Sony has a few water resistant smartphones available. The three versions of the Xperia Z5 do well in water and dust protection. They have an IP68 rating and come with great specs. The Xperia Z5 Compact is the smallest of the three and the Z5 Premium brings 4K resolution. The company has mentioned its waterproof capabilities in the past but it has also recommended its users not to take their phones underwater. The Xperia M4 Aqua also does well against water and comes with a great price.

Caterpillar Cat S60

Caterpillar Cat S60The Caterpillar CAT S60 is not a very popular phone but the company is known for making durable products. Their latest release is said to be waterproof to depths of up to 5 meters for one hour. According to the official website, its camera can be used underwater. Speaking of cameras, the Caterpillar CAT S60 is the first smartphone with a built-in thermal imaging camera. The smartphone comes with 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM. The rear-facing camera is 13MP while the front-facing camera is 5MP. It will be released later this month with a price of $599. A big price but the smartphone is durable and comes with a new feature on its camera.

Samsung Galaxy S7

The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge were recently released and the two phones have a certified water resistant rating, which means it will survive against spills and splashes. It does well against water but don’t take it swimming. This is a big improvement from the Galaxy S6, which was not water-resistant. The Galaxy S6 Active is dustproof and water-resistant but is only available in the U.S. Rumors say the Galaxy S7 Active could be announced and released soon.

Moto G

Moto G 2015If you’re looking to spend less than $250 on a smartphone that’s water resistant, the Moto G smartphones are a good option. The third generation of the Moto G is water resistant, which means it can handle splashes and drops in water. The phone was released last year but it remains a good option for those who don’t want to spend too much. The Moto G4 smartphones are the latest in the series but they don’t have an IP rating. Some even say they are not water resistant, unlike the previous version. The Moto X Pure Edition, also released last year, comes with a water-repellent coating.

These are just some of the smartphones that are able to handle some water without any problems. There are plenty more that were released in 2015 and 2014. 2017 still has a while left, so we will likely see many more smartphones with this feature later this year. Remember, most of these smartphones can handle a little splash of water or just a few minutes underwater. Look for all the information about your smartphone before swimming or trying to take pictures underwater. You can also look up videos on YouTube, where many have tested smartphones to see which ones do great in water.

In your opinion, what is the best water resistant/waterproof smartphone? Let us know in the comments.


Sean Farlow
University graduate with a bachelor's degree in business administration. Big fan of sports teams from South FL.


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