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Before we move on to which are the best waterproof phones in 2019, we have a few questions to answer: What waterproof actually means? Are phones actually waterproof or just splash resistant?
Last updated: 2nd Apr 2019 at 10:16am
You can tell how waterproof phones are by checking the IP rating of the phone, which is included in phone descriptions, specifications, and reviews. IP stands for International Protection Rating or Ingress Protection Standard.
The IP is made up of two numbers such as IP68. The first number indicates its level of protection against particles such as dust. The second number indicates its level of protection against moisture, water, spray, or freshwater submersion.
In the case of mobile phones, the first digit is nearly always 6 (IP68) and this lets you know that the phone is protected against dust and particles that may harm the device or cause it to malfunction. The second digit often varies from one phone to the next and this number is the one to pay attention to.
The second digit (IP68) in an IP rating are as follows:
Typically, in the case of IP68, which is the most common rating issued to a mobile phone, you can submerge the phone for up to 30 minutes at a depth of 1.5 metres. However, this is still as specified by the manufacturer, so it could vary from one phone to the next.
Motorola is an oddball and its Moto phones that are waterproof are identified as having a P2i nano coating. This is applied inside and out to the entire product and protects against humidity, weather, spills, splashes, and accidental submersion.
We now know what waterproof actually means and we know that the IP number clarifies if the phone is waterproof or simply splash resistant. Even when a phone is highlighted as waterproof, many manufacturers still recommend that you don’t submerge a phone, just to be on the safe side.
It is time to take a look at the best waterproof phones on the market in 2019.
There are a few phones that have been officially announced that are waterproof and these will be released in the near future.
Nokia 9 PureView is IP67 water and dust resistant, so it can withstand water spray or jets. This Nokia phone will have five cameras, so it is sure to be a big hit with novice photographers.
Sony Xperia 1 is IP68 certified for splash and rain resistance. Once again, you can wash the dirt off under a tap but not completely submerge the phone. This smartphone will have the world’s first CinemaWide display and this is wider than any screen seen before. There is a triple camera and you can shoot video at a professional level with LOOK colour settings.
2019 is certainly a year where you will have more choice than ever when looking for a waterproof phone. You will easily be able to find a phone that suits your needs and with the knowledge of IP ratings, you can identify the level of water resistance that is on offer.
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