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Poll results: As a consumer, to what extent do you value IP-certified, water- and dust-resistance in smartphones and tablets?

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Poll results: As a consumer, to what extent do you value IP-certified, water- and dust-resistance in smartphones and tablets?
With two out of three new major flagships coming with IP certification of dust- and water-resistance, it was only natural for us to start wondering whether we're entering into a new trend. But despite the initial appeal of said certification, we've often come to question the extent of its usefulness, at least at the whole. That is precisely the reason we endeavored to crowd-storm with alongside you, through a poll that also sought to incite your opinion in the comment section.

So what does the crowd say? Well, apparently, there's a pretty significant split in opinions. Most of you (47.71%) consider IP certification a massive plus, but it's also telling that almost as many people (43.36) feel as if that's nothing more than a perk and nothing beyond that. What's more, 8.93% of participants feel as if the resources spent on designing a waterproofed phone could be better spent elsewhere. To them, IP certification is virtually useless.

So what do these results tell us? In all honesty -- nothing that we didn't suspect already. There's a very obvious split, almost 50/50, between those who value IP certification, and those who do not. Perhaps the most compelling argument for the former that we've come across, is usage in the bath tub and at the beach. Underwater photography sounds pretty fun, we'll tell you that. 

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As a consumer, to what extent do you value IP-certified, water- and dust-resistance in smartphones
47.71%
1085 votes
(1085 votes) IP certification is a massive plus for me
43.36%
986 votes
(986 votes) IP certification is a nice extra, but nothing beyond that
8.93%
203 votes
(203 votes) I'd much prefer a more practical outlet for the money I spend. I find IP certification virtually useless.

2274 votes

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posted on 10 Apr 2014, 07:11 13

1. whburling (Posts: 14; Member since: 08 Apr 2014)


I believe that PA is missing the point. IP certification is not about using your phone in
the bathtub. It is part of an effort to measure a phone's ability to physically withstand use.

Moisture IS a factor in killing phones. Ask the users out there how many of their phones have failed due to moisture. Why do you think manufactures paint moisture reveiling spots inside of the battery compartment? Because when they fail and are brought back to the manufacture under warrantee, the manufacture has found that too many were destroyed due to water. why stop at detecting a users's mistake. Why not just prevent that accident from having an effect on the phone.

Drop certification should be another metric. Why should anyone have to pay 70 or more dollars for a drop protection cover. does aesthetics really dominate that much? i don't think so....and the reason i make that claim is that the number of people who have these protection covers is huge. ask your users if they use these covers......

Oh well....it will not make a difference in the next 5-10 years. phones will not be something we hold in our hands. screens will not exist. fancy cases will not exist. the phone will be a small cube or credit card device that is put in your wallet or pocketbook and forgotten about.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 07:16 4

3. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1268; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


I agree completely. I have never got any water damage to my phones before. However, after having Z2 for a week the feeling of not worrying about it getting wet is gone to me is just awesome.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 07:13 8

2. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1268; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


After having the Z2 for a week, I really have to say it being water proof (IP58) is a huge plus. I know not everyone would get their phone wet on purpose, but it's just that you don't worry about the phone getting ruined because of the water is just awesome. I have rinsed my Z2 three times already to get the screen protector clean... I really have to say it's a huge bonus when a phone is water proof/resistance.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 07:20 2

4. Slammer (Posts: 1001; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


Those that think waterproofing is not a big deal, evidently have never had moisture problems or think that having a warranty claim denied is not an issue.

I say the more protection, the better. And since the waterproofing hardware is already in place with the cost of the device, you shouldn't knock it.

John B.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 07:29 2

5. AfterShock (Posts: 2799; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Never needed either mil-spec.
However, it'd be a bonus to have.

I drive a wrecker for a living, no phone ever lost to swimming in a ditch or being dropped. But the peace of mind given would be great to have these options.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 07:30 1

6. _Bone_ (Posts: 2124; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


I don't plan to drop the phone on the ground or in a pool, but it's cool to know when a phone is resistant against the elements, not having to worry all the time. So if size and weight is not severely affected, yes I'll have the IP certification and strong build please. The S5 just about the perfect balance, good grip, comfortable rounded corners, large screen and ideal weight.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 07:37 1

7. GreekGeek (Posts: 757; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


Depends on what type of line of work you're into...I don't value it right now because I'm always indoors.....HOWEVER

Should I decided to quit my job and become a fisherman, a hunter, a lifeguard or even a garbage collector, that perception might change

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 07:42 2

8. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2599; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Massive plus.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 08:03 1

9. SamsungELITE (unregistered)


Water and dust proof feature in a phone is a must have. Who knows your phone might get wet accidentally and if that day happens, then you are at ease that your phone is still safe and not worried having some serious regarding internal damage of the phone. For me, its a big factor.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 16:20

14. LionStone (Posts: 447; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


I'm covered with insurance, I'm at ease. Furthermore my mobile is sealed so it already is pretty water resistant :-)

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 08:40 1

10. buccob (Posts: 1400; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


This will get as standard as having a Camera in your phone...

It is the second most common reason for phone failure right after cracked screens... And since phone manufactures have been trying to address screens with Corning, Dragontrail and similars they should tackle the other reasons...

AND since our phones are our main camera most of the time... it is nice to see them replace Waterproof cameras while they are at it...

ALSO it is a nice plus to be able to wash your phone, after all those articles about germs, toilet seat and phones..

Finally... it is also nice to use it for water cooling :Phttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CD6DfRk5UQo

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 08:42 4

11. Anshulonweb (Posts: 313; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


yeah its a nice extra feature for me....I mean you can't watch shower porn on every phone...

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 00:52

16. reckless562 (Posts: 702; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


high five! :D

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 09:42 1

12. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 424; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


For the people who said that IP certification is useless when the Xperia Z series was introduced please don't be such a fool praising your favorite brand that waterproofing is now a big factor especially starting this year that it is now becoming a standard.

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 04:35

18. techperson211 (Posts: 598; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


+1 your right now every brand they love and release a flagship that's ip certified would say it is standard now a days.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 09:57 1

13. anleoflippy (Posts: 271; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


For me it's just a bonus to have.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 18:09 1

15. galanoth (Posts: 316; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)


Better safe than sorry.

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 05:23

17. Goldenblls (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 Apr 2014)


It's nice to know that at least one company is pioneering IP Certification on mainstream phones and tablets and gradually turning people's heads and changing opinions.

One day every phone, regardless of the price or manufacturer, could be water and dust proof as standard.

How can that not be a good thing.

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