5 best water-resistant smartphones for summer 2016


Summer's just around the corner, and while that spells fun in the sun, and maybe taking a break from school or work, it can be one rough season for our smartphones. We'll be pushing our phones to the limit as we use their cameras to catalog our trips, drain their batteries as days get longer and longer, and probably put our handsets through some rougher-than-usual handling. The same sort of physical activities that expose them to scuffs and drops can also mean putting our phones up against that long-time foe of all things electronic: water.

The popularity of water resistance as a smartphone features ebbs and flows (not unlike water itself), and while we might not have as many great options right now as we have in years past, there are still some solid contenders out there if you know where to look.

Some wear their water resistance right on their sleeve as a badge of honor, while others are a bit more low-key with their ability to withstand a splash. Some don't even advertise any degree of formal waterproofing, but off-the-record manufacturer comments or direct experience from users have convinced us to include them on this list.

What phone should you have in your pocket as you get ready for a wet and wild summer? Check out our list below for some top picks:


references: Android Authority (Xperia X), SquareTrade (iPhone 6s)

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24 Comments

1. flavius22

Posts: 218; Member since: Aug 23, 2015

Ip6 guys

2. suavemezie

Posts: 94; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

IPhone 6s water resistant? Phone arena is ridiculous

7. ph00ny

Posts: 2025; Member since: May 26, 2011

Not sure where they got that idea

8. StephenS

Posts: 18; Member since: May 02, 2016

I was trying to think outside the box a little. Fact is, a lot of smartphone users demand an iPhone of some kind. And while the iPhone 6s won't compete with purposely-designed Android models, it's still your best water-resistant option /out of the iPhone family/.

9. Floyd1

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 06, 2015

What a poor excuse to get an iPhone on the list, if you want to show how iphones can be water resistant do an article on best cases that can provide this feature.

15. kumaran555

Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 07, 2016

Misleading people. stop you sounding like such a foolish fanboi. Don't try to think we are all dumb here. Thanks to the writer for showing us how dumb Apple supporters really are and how easily it is to fool them. iPhonearena is an Apple reseller site.

12. ph00ny

Posts: 2025; Member since: May 26, 2011

It's going to be fun seeing them in a lawsuit from iphone 6s owners who went dipping with their phone because they saw the phonearena had it on their list of water resistant phones

14. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Unofficial water-resistance, no warranty for you, lol.

16. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

iPhoneArena confirmed.

19. nighthawk_al

Posts: 55; Member since: May 23, 2014

Phonearena is doing God's work here

3. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

What a complete bulls**t to name the iPhone 6s in this list. I've seen enough tests where it died immediately. It's far from waterproof. And all tests that say that a phone is 'waterproof' just because the screen turns on immediately are rubbish anyways. It can take up to hours, days or even weeks till the damage shows up. I water damaged an old phone which appeared to work normally at first but showed some signs of water damage after a few days and finally died after a few weeks.

6. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

4. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

i dont trust the iphone 6s, but the CAT S60 is the real deal here..

5. yyuu1000

Posts: 260; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Article says water resistant but picture has water proof. Please fix the picture. Some people might get wrong idea

10. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Looks like I'm coming wrong website.

11. Hyde_Yamato

Posts: 23; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

basically pa just want to refers iphone in every article as many as possible

13. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 884; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Phone arena is pathetic.. Why Moto G3 & moto g turbo is not on list? IPhone? What nonsense?

17. Modest_Moze

Posts: 184; Member since: Mar 23, 2015

Iphone??? What is going on here? I thought that there will be all Sony phones, forgot the rest. :D But iPhone, are you kidding me?

18. insyt

Posts: 52; Member since: Sep 16, 2015

And they put the wrong sony phone. 3 phones on this list out of 5 aren't really waterproof.

20. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

#1 - Given #2 - Well, ok. #3 - yuck! #4 - it's not even out yet. You could've just only mentioned the Z5 series #5 - I've seen EverythingApplePro's video with 6S Plus surviving water test much longer than the 6S

21. Obádárà

Posts: 217; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

... CHAI! PHONEARENA, PLEASE FOR GOD'S SAKE, RESPECT YOUR READERS EMOTIONS AT LEAST!..

22. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

OMG! Is that necessary try so hard squeeze in iPhone? OMG!

23. riteshrkm

Posts: 150; Member since: Apr 15, 2015

first thing no phone is fully water proof they come with pre condition tag. And Sony phones are worst in ths department with non covering the water damage in its waranty period. If u cnt cover water damage then it is as good as not being water resistant.

24. daddyd302

Posts: 49; Member since: Jul 17, 2008

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