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Waterproof, water-resistant, splash proof: what you want from your Android

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Last week I asked our readers if we really need waterproof phones and tablets. Sony had been teasing devices that could withstand prolonged immersion in two meters of water and I wondered if anyone really cared that much about seriously waterproof phones or if it was all a bit of overkill. Read on to see how everyone voted.

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Waterproofing is nice, but it seems not everyone cares so much. © ANDROIDPIT

Almost a third of respondents said that basic water-resistance (like that on the Galaxy S5) was more than sufficient. It seems that the majority think a splash proof device that can handle being caught in the rain or taking a quick dip in some water is perfectly sufficient, but don't see the need for a fully waterproof phone, especially if it means the the price goes up.

It seems the wants and needs for waterproof phones is not so clear cut. © ANDROIDPIT

The second most popular response, however, was that all phones should be waterproof as standard, no matter what it costs. This makes sense if you are hell bent on protecting your investment from any misfortunes involving water or dust, but it comes with some conditions: do you still want a waterproof phone if you lose the ability to replace the battery? 

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We do some weird things to phones, but we're not exactly ''normal'' users. © ANDROIDPIT

The third most popular replies were tied: one in five respondents said they were happy to have a waterproof phone as long as they didn't have to pay extra for it, and another one in five said waterproofing was only really useful if it included salt water and chlorine as well. With such a varied and even result it seems clear that we are generally still more concerned with better battery life or better cameras than we are with waterproofing.

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Kris is a former AndroidPIT Editor who came to the team via a lengthy period spent traveling and relying on technology to keep him in touch with the outside world. He can usually be found juggling three phones at once and poring over G+ posts, Reddit and RSS feeds.

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  • 8
    kingboudi1 Sep 10, 2014 Link to comment

    Waterproof is the same as water resistance , I tested it with my s5 and my friend's Z2

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      Random Username Sep 13, 2014 Link to comment

      Those phones are water-resistant, not waterproof. Learn the difference.

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    N Bartels Sep 9, 2014 Link to comment

    Sony Z1 survived a full wash in my washing machine a few weeks ago and no damage to it so definitely excellent phone. Would always go again for waterproof Sony!!

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    Adam Jacob Sep 9, 2014 Link to comment

    I have a waterproof Sony Z1 and I can honestly say it is my favourite thing about this phone. Not having to worry about dust and water is the most comforting thing, it is super impressive to friends to just wash your phone under a tap, and of course underwater photos and videos are awesome!

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    Deactivated Account Sep 8, 2014 Link to comment

    What do you mean "if" you can change your battery? I haven't had that basic right for my last couple of phones! But yes the phone should have waterproofing and the option to change the battery if required.


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    Loony Sep 8, 2014 Link to comment

    LG G2, LG G2, LG G2!

  • Wallace Marques 42
    Wallace Marques Sep 8, 2014 Link to comment

    Battery battery battery

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      Moni Mihailov Sep 8, 2014 Link to comment

      yes yes yes

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