Frankly, even we, at PhoneArena, are split when it comes to waterproofed hardware. It definitely sounds like an awesome perk at first, but if often feels like that's about it, as the scenarios in which we've actually benefited from the added security frankly boil down to... well, about zero. Showering while playing with your smartphone, after all, just seems odd. What's more, IP certification does not come free. Apart from adding to manufacturing costs, water- and dust-proofed smartphones and tablets are also usually larger and thicker, and often sport clumsy port flaps that ensure an airtight compartment. So there's definitely a trade-off of sorts involved.
But is that trade-off warranted? You tell us! What's more, once you cast your vote, do consider chiming in via the comment section below -- we're genuinely interested to hear about your experiences with waterproofed hardware, both positive and negative.
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- As a consumer, to what extent do you value IP-certified, water- and dust-resistance in smartphones
1085 votes (1085 votes) IP certification is a massive plus for me
986 votes (986 votes) IP certification is a nice extra, but nothing beyond that
203 votes (203 votes) I'd much prefer a more practical outlet for the money I spend. I find IP certification virtually useless.