Do you need a waterproof phone or tablet?

Do you need a waterproof phone or tablet?
With the recent trend for waterproof designs, as well as P2i's imminent IPO to commercialize its "dunkable" nanocoating technology, we are on the brink of mass adoption. Just this season we've had the Sony continuing its great IP58-waterproofing tradition with the Xperia Z2, and eventually bringing it downmarket with the M2 Aqua. Samsung also chimed in for the first time with its flagship S5, introducing it with an IP67 tag, and kept the same certification for the S5 mini, too. Sony is truly at the forefront here, as it also waterproofs its tablet line, all the more impressive since its latest Z2 Tablet is also the slimmest slate in the world at the moment.

Other big manufacturers, however, like LG or HTC, are nonchalant about it, and both the G3 or One (M8), aren't sporting any protection from the liquid elements, though we did see HTC's finest survive in water more than what's fair. Having a waterproof handset or tablet is undoubtedly a bonus, as we can think of many situations where this would come in handy, and we don't mean plopping them in the toilet bowl by accident only, or using them in torrential rain, by the pool, or on the beach. You can actually watch movies in the bathtub on your Z2 Tablet or a big-screen phone, for instance, and not worry for a second about water damage, a pretty soothing thought no matter how you slice it. 

Still, in the vast majority of situations, we manage to survive with our regular handsets that aren't sealed from the elements, as they are usually in our pockets, purses, or hands. That is why we wanted to ask you how important is the waterproof aspect of a phone or a tablet for you, and whether you are considering it at all when choosing a mobile device. Tick something off in the poll below, and tell us how you feel about the waterproofing craze in the comments.

Do you need a waterproof phone or tablet?

Yes, I am usually looking to buy a waterproof mobile device
37.07%
It's a nice bonus, but I'm using other criteria to decide on a phone or a tablet
52.12%
No, I don't really care if my phone or tablet is waterproof or not
10.82%

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59 Comments

1. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

No. Even if my next phone were to be waterproof/resistant, there are no situations in my everyday life that would apply and need for such protection

21. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

How about browsing the internet? XD

24. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

You mean 'SURFING the internet', right ?

25. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

Surfing or browsing whatever. Also you are way off topic. :P

38. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

lol you didn't get it

42. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

Virgin.

46. nexusdude

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

I miss the downvote button.

49. LikeMyself

Posts: 629; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

Me too! I miss downvoting mxyzpl..!! While waterproof is a nice addition, I consider infrared as an equal nice addition! Can't understand why Sony can't put it in their phones! With infrared, at least I will be able to troll my family at home to start a tv channel war and act like a retarded adolescent which is always funny! Most of my electronic appliances are Sony and I'm still waiting for a Sony to be the complete smartphone (Hope it'll be the Z3)! The Z2 nearly did it, but lacked ir, average camera software and mediocre volume!!

2. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I think waterproofing is one of the biggest advantages of Z2 over the M8. Alongside with the camera.

35. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yes but I dislike the large size of those phones which is partially caused by them having to be waterproofed physically. I think phone manufacturers should adopt the liquipel (or whatever that company is that makes waterproof lizard juice coatings for your smartphone) approach since that literally does not affect the size of the device and has better waterproofing abilities.

3. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Definitely, I mean I lost my previous phone to accidental water damage by some of my 'hilarious' friends...

4. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1409; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Nice bonus as long as it's not Sony

9. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Wow I LOVE your attitude.

13. majp89

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

He has a point. I just upgraded to the G3 from the Xperia Z1, huge upgrade. You don't know how bad you've had it until you replace your Sony. Only used the waterproofing of the Sony once.

16. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Lol anytime I see/use almost any other phone after my Z2 I get reminded how inferior the others are (not all of course). Not a singe problem on my Z2 everything works great, top screen, camera, battery life, performance, build guality and design and just simply everything.

28. majp89

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

Unless they fixed the touchscreen sensitivity issue with the Z2 that phone will always be complete garbage to me. Plus the speakers were terrible and nobody could hear what I was saying when I talked on speakerphone. Bluetooth streaming always had issues. Was my first Sony and my last.

37. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

You need to try the z2 then. I have both a z1 and z2 and I agree that the speaker was/is terrible on it (actually thought something was wrong with it because of the terrible volume), I never had any other issue you spoke of but the z2 is amazing in every sense. Still the best overall phone out imo.

39. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

While not the most important feature I have to say that I would a hard time not having a phone I can actually wash with soap and water, not to mention the awesomeness of underwater photos and shower music

15. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Galaxy S5. ;)

33. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

That 'bonus' is now a trend thanks to Sony.

5. anthonyspapa

Posts: 22; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

I always look for a good camera on a phone but being waterproof has been a nice bonus with my Z1S.

14. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Did you install the 4.4.4 update yet?

6. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

From now on I only buy waterproof phone and tablet. Handy when you have children. I literally have to run my mobile/tablet under tap water after they using it.

7. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Never had one yet, status hasn't changed. Still don't need it. YMMV.

8. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Waterproofing comes after Processor-GPU, Screen Size/Quality/Resolution, Battery, Build Quality, RAM & Storage for me.

10. Settings

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

It extends the functionality on where you can use the phone. I believe this function should be a staple and not just as a bonus.

11. isidoros

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Every phone should be waterproof. It should be a standard feature.

12. newbey123

Posts: 696; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

No, waterproof is not a consideration when I am looking for phone. Design, build quality, UI, and battery life are what drive my decision.

17. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

What a weak poll. Of course it's a "nice bonus" even if you don't need it. Why does the middle answer even exist?

34. jellmoo

Posts: 2530; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Because I honestly do not want it. If they can develop a waterproofing method that does not: 1) Impact bezel and overall device size. 2) Require the user to deal with terrible flaps over ports. 3) Add a membrane over speakers that muffles sound... Then sure. Why not? Until then, I don't like the trade offs you have to make to get the waterproofing.

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