The year 2016 has seen quite a good number of water-resistant and even waterproof smartphones come into play. As it seems, this trend will keep on for this second half of the year, but for now, here is a look at the best water-resistant Android phones you can find in the current smartphone market.
In the past, water resistant phones were characterized by bulkiness and rugged builds, but this is no more as these coatings and seals have been greatly improved to easily fit in the latest flagship handsets without altering their weight, design, and feel.
Even though these phones are marked as water-resistant, it doesn’t mean you should go deep sea diving with them. In fact, these devices can only survive a short period of time in water that is also not too deep.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Active
Samsung Galaxy S7 Active is the tough and rough version of the standard S7. Other than coming in with the best battery capacity as compared to the rest of the 2016 Samsung Galaxy family, the phone also offers the best durability standards. Like the rest of the flagship family, Samsung Galaxy S7 Active is water resistant with an IP68 rating. It also adds an extra layer to the display screen that protects it from cracks in the event of accidental falls.
Like the previous Galaxy S6 Active, the 2016 Galaxy S7 Active also features military-grade chassis that is also shatter-resistant, making it one of the most-protected phone as far as accidental drops are concerned, even up to 5 feet. Spec-wise, you get the same performance capability as the standard Galaxy S7, apart from the fact that the Galaxy S7 Active has a 4000mAh battery as compared to the 3000mAh available on the S7.
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge
If you are not a fan of the tough and rugged Samsung Galaxy S7 Active, there is still more choice available for you from the same manufacturer. Although not rugged, the standard Galaxy S7 and the curved-edge Galaxy S7 Edge also come with IP68 water resistance certification. These two have been described to have the best designs ever yet from Samsung, especially the S7 Edge.
Sony Xperia X Performance
A successor to last year’s Sony Xperia Z5, the new Xperia X Performance still tops the table when it comes to camera quality. With Sony’s magnificence in photography, the Japanese giant went for a 23MP rear snapper and a 5-inch Full HD display panel, which are backed by the powerful Snapdragon 820 SoC that is paired with a 3GB RAM.
Surprisingly, the Xperia X Performance is the only 2016 smartphone release from Sony that features IP68 water resistant capabilities. Like the Galaxy S7 Active, this device can also survive about 30 minutes of immersion in water of up to 3 feet.
Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus
If you are a budget buyer, Motorola’s G series has always been one of the best go-to options. The new Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus pick up from where the Moto G3 left. Featuring great designs and amazing specs under the hood, these two are also water resistant. It gets even better for the Moto G4 Plus as it comes with a fingerprint scanner and an even better rear camera as compared to the Moto G4.