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 new Z2 Tablet is also the slimmest slate in the world at the moment...
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59 Comments

40. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

Okay I understand the membrane on the speaker but the flaps? That's a weak argument dude. The sony comes with a magnetic charging cradle that allows you to do nothing but stick it on. That's like saying I don't like phones that have usb

47. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Wireless charging should be standard on waterproof phones. The less the gaskets are messed with, the better.

50. jellmoo

Posts: 2583; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

The Z2 doesn't come with the charging dock here in Canada (on Bell). It also doesn't come with noise cancelling headphones for that matter...

56. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

I bought mine without all the carrier nonsense and while I didn't get the noise canceling ear buds (which I'm okay with since I have a pretty good set of bose noise canceling ear buds) but got the cool magnetic charging cradle.

43. Armchair_Commentator

Posts: 222; Member since: May 08, 2014

Yes until they can make waterproofing without the mentioned drawbacks I'd honestly rather now have it at all

18. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

Previously I was not too concerned with water resistant protection, But after I ruined my keyboard thanks to the coffee spill, and two my phone was also damaged by falling into a puddle while jogging and the other one at the time I accidentally put it into the washing machine. I hope every electronic devices has a protection against water damage.

19. jellmoo

Posts: 2583; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Not. At. All. It adds bulk to the device, and forces the user to live with terrible flaps to seal the phone. Waterproofing should be available for those that want it as a separate device (think the S5 Active), but not be a staple for flagship devices.

29. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

+1000000

41. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

Again read above.. That's a weak argument

51. jellmoo

Posts: 2583; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Again, it's a valid argument as the issue is still present on the S5 (and the Z2 in some regions). This still doesn't help matters if you are plugging the phone into your PC, where the flaps once again present themselves. Is it the end of the world? Of course not. It's a relatively minor issue, but it's one I'd rather not have to deal with at all.

20. Leandronb

Posts: 86; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

i would like a htc m8 with waterproof rating. but if this means worse audio quality or audio recording, i pass.

22. ozabb

Posts: 50; Member since: Dec 21, 2013

a good bonus. but i think shock/scratch proofing is more important. also in my line of work it would be awesome if my phone was also resistant to caustic liquids

23. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

It's a nice bonus, but I'm using other criteria to decide on a phone or a tablet.

26. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

Waterproof with loud and clear speaker thank you sony

27. Aboodbanafa

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

It's nice feature but it's not necessary for me

30. tokuzumi

Posts: 1900; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I've had a cellphone since 2001. And in all that time, I have never broken, nor had water issues with a single phone. But, having water/dust protection built in is certainly a nice to have, and as long as it isn't going to make a noticable difference in the price tag, I'm all for it.

31. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Umm, splash proof will do, I would never dare to dunk my smartphone. If it is splash proof, then it is definately protected enough to survive an accidental drop in water, like my Moto G. I wouldn't compromise ergonomics (bezels) and usability (flaps) for waterspoofing.

32. yahia_malka

Posts: 186; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

I need a waterproof windows phone device !

36. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 2014

waterproof phones are unique! :)

44. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

And people complain their phones get washed up by their toilets or drink. Just glad I have the Z1. I will buy the Z tablet when the price drops.

45. FakeMatt

Posts: 40; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

At this point it seems like anyone can make a phone water resistant without compromising the aesthetics. I don't see a reason why every phone shouldn't be made water resistant now.

48. Federated

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 06, 2010

I will never go back to non-waterproof/resistant smartphone. I want to wash my phone with soap and water. I don't want to worry about accidental water damage. I love my Sony Xperia Z1s with Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

52. wilsong17 unregistered

Waiting for the note 4 going to be water proof

53. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

I tend to try and be extra cautious when near liquid with my device, but it would be a nice feature to have just in case something happens (like being out on a boat and the boat sinks).

54. maulgandhi unregistered

I am always surprised by the quality of HTC products, their phones build quality is top of the line. Sony has stepped up in last couple of years. I held Xperia z1 and i was stunned, how well Sony has made their device. Samsung has not change at all. Samsung phones looks dirt cheap, makes me feel like i paid $0.01 for the phone. I have no hope in samsung anymore. Some of the chinese manufactures makes better looking phones than samsung. Go HTC or Sony imo.

55. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

A nice feature no doubt, but when it starts to compromise sound quality and adding extra work for you to open those flaps everytime you charge, NO THANK YOU

57. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

A nice extra.

58. jm1226

Posts: 16; Member since: Aug 07, 2014

I like to kayak and fish so my phone MUST be water resistant.

59. TruthSpeaker unregistered

Being able to drop your phone in a beer glass, is a trick that never gets old.
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