Once-upon-a-time, if you dropped your smartphone in the bath or toilet that was pretty much it. Thankfully nowadays smartphones have had a real revamp when it comes to withstanding water. So if it does happen to have an unexpected dunk in puddle all is not lost, so long as you choose a waterproof phone, but which one is best and are there different types to suit your lifestyle?
We have picked four that all have various features.
Here are our recommendations for the four best waterproof smartphones:
Fancy yourself a bit of a Bear Grylls type and don’t care about appearances then the Caterpillar Cat should suit you perfectly. It is a sturdy smartphone that looks quite chunky but can withstand a few bumps and bashes. The main feature we like the most is the Lock-down Switch which enables the phone to endure depths of up to 5 meters for 60 minutes. For this feature, it has IP68 certification. It can be dropped from 1.8m and suffer no damage and is safe from dust and shocks.
As for other features, it has a thermal camera that works alongside the 13-megapixel camera via an app to show up heat spots, temperature and thermal areas.
The Caterpillar Cat uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor with 3GB of RAM and the 4.7-inch screen has a 1,280 x 720-pixel resolution.
You would not believe that this beautifully crafted smartphone is waterproof, it looks so delicate and stylish, but it has IP68 certification, meaning it can withstand depths of 1.5m for about half an hour. So if appearances matter to you then the Samsung Galaxy should be on your wish-list.
Features include a 12-megapixel camera on the back and an 8-megapixel camera on the front, curved edges and a 3,000mAh battery that lasts for 24 hours.
The S8 uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, with 4GB of RAM and a 5.8” Super AMOLED screen with a stunning 1,440p resolution.
We could have chosen the iPhone 7 as both these models are waterproof with IP67 certification, but the iPhone 7 Plus not only has a slightly larger display but a much better camera. It works via two lenses, one that can zoom upto x2. There’s Apple’s Portrait mode, where you can blur out backgrounds but keep the portrait in sharp focus.
The IP67 rating mans that this smartphone can withstand water depths of one meter for half an hour.
Sony has always incorporated an element of water-resistance in its smartphones, with this model carrying an IP68 rating. The phone uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch screen with amazing 3,840 x 2,160-pixel resolution.
There is also a 19-megapixel camera that features the new Motion Eye™, this is an upgraded camera that is able to capture movement invisible to the human eye.
The Xperia XZ Premium has a 4K HDR display, this is the same technology implemented in Sony BRAVIA TVs. Now you can watch the latest 4K HDR content on your phone,
Sony has also changed their trademark glass exterior for a more robust metal one to make the phone a little sturdier.