Poll results: Do you need a waterproof phone or tablet?

Poll results: Do you need a waterproof phone or tablet?
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. Still, there is a growing trend among manufacturers to waterproof their handsets - the Galaxy S5 and the Xperia Z2 are prime examples - and we can think of a few situations where their waterproof nature comes in handy.

That is why we asked you last week how important is the waterproof aspect of a phone or a tablet for you, or whether you are considering it at all when choosing a mobile device. Quite surprisingly, a huge chunk of our 3356 respondents - 37% - have the waterproof aspect amongst the main requirements when they are purchasing a mobile device. This goes to show that manufacturers are on the right path when they decided to introduce some IP standard certification this past season, with Sony being the pioneer here with its Xperia flagships in the Z line, as can be expected from a Japanese maker. 

A full 52% of you don't consider protection from waterboarding a necessity for their phone or tablet, but rather something in the category of good-to-have. Only about 11% of our respondents don't really care whether their handset is waterproof or not, which again shows that in the future we might see more and more models coming with some sort of IP certification - not only flagship devices, but perhaps midrangers as well.

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%

FEATURED VIDEO

30 Comments

1. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

Definitely a nice bonus. Price, specs and user experience will dictate sales. I like waterproof phones but I will never deliberately dunk them in water. I rather trust heavy duty waterproof cases than waterproof phones for water submersion.

2. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

i'll just get a lifeproof case and call it a day

20. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Best cases around

25. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Why turn your phone into a brick to get a feature if you can have that feature built-in?...

27. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

that's like saying why are there apps when companies can just turn them into features

30. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

But apps don't make the phone bigger and heavier.

3. sipha

Posts: 439; Member since: May 12, 2012

I expect mos yes!

5. sipha

Posts: 439; Member since: May 12, 2012

Lol. *i expected more yes!*

7. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

All hail autocorrection!

4. sipha

Posts: 439; Member since: May 12, 2012

I expected mos yes!

12. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

All hail double post!

6. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Waterproof is a must for me as I hate having a dirty phone or tablet.

8. csoulr666

Posts: 116; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

Most phones of reputable brands are able to withstand moderate rains already, so it is just a nice bonus to me

9. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Bonus, but not a high priority bullet point.

10. yahia_malka

Posts: 186; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Yup , I need

11. gazmatic

Posts: 807; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

want? yes need? no need! all week battery life, 64gb internal, active display, ois, wireless charging, dust proof want! full hd, sd card, nfc, 2gb ram, wp, water proof

13. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Bonus.

14. Takeharu

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I don't want my phone to be waterproof. It's not that I don't want that feature but I just don't like the flaps covering the charging port, I find it to be annoying since you have to remove it every time you need to charge.

15. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Some phones have a charging dock pin, so you can charge your phone with a charging dock, no need to open the micro USB port flap.

22. TruthSpeaker unregistered

That'll be theZ2, water proof'ish and a charging dock

17. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

What a lazy person you are It's a matter of few seconds

21. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Who are you to label someone based on their own taste? You are one of the/if not the most hated person around here. People these days.

28. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Just pointing out how people are so lazy Nothing wrong with telling someone their weakness

16. Bozzor

Posts: 248; Member since: May 02, 2012

Generally, it's a small bonus during purchase time, but it's something that can really save you if you are out in a downpour or get clumsy near a pool or sink. It's a bonus you don't think about...until that one event you are glad you did.

18. XperiaX

Posts: 66; Member since: Feb 20, 2014

if it doesn't charge extra $$ i don't understand why people don't want it...

19. TruthSpeaker unregistered

"52% of readers" don't currently have waterproof phones.. Surely its more than that?.

23. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

I put my phone in a sealed zip lock bag, boom its water proof lol

24. LikeMyself

Posts: 629; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

If the Sony Z2 had infrared so that I could troll, I would have bought it immediately! I love it! So sexy! Why Sony compromised when they didn't even want to compromise anything!

26. jdrch

Posts: 107; Member since: Jul 08, 2014

I didn't think I needed one until my Galaxy Nexus somehow ingested water simply laying on my desk at work, thereby voiding the warranty. When the S5 dropped with an IP67 rating, I snapped it up immediately.

29. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

the result would be different if iPhones were waterproof :v

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.