Best Waterproof and Water-Resistant Smartphones

03 April 2017

Water-resistance is the new must have feature in high-end smartphones, with most manufacturers now making at least one device that will survive splashes, spills and showers. 

Below we've got some of our favourite water-resistant phones currently on the market. 

Click here for a quick guide to the waterproof ratings used in this guide.

iPhone 7

Rating: IP67

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are Apple's first two water-resistant smartphones. Much like Samsung, Apple has used internal protection, so there's no need to cover the charging port when the phone is submerged.

It's worth noting that while the phones are water-resistant, water damage isn't covered by your warranty. As such, you think of it more as a safety feature rather than an excuse to use your phone while swimming. If you do get your iPhone 7 wet, be sure to give it a few hours to try out before you charge it again. 

Other key features on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus include improved cameras with better low-light performance, bumped up battery life, a brighter screen, stereo speakers, and two new black finishes.  

Samsung Galaxy S7

Rating: IP68

Samsung's Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are some of the year's best phones -- and they're waterproof! Better yet, Samsung has used an internal coating for the hardware which means that you don't need to cover the charging port with a pesky flap. Anyone who owned a Galaxy S5 will know exactly what we're talking about.

Of course, extra protection is great, but it is the S7's hardware that makes it such a compelling smartphone. Samsung use a 5.1-inch QHD resolution screen with its popular AMOLED screen technology and the results are stunning. There is a octo-core processor under the hood and a huge 4GB RAM. 

The camera is the standout feature, with a 12-megapixel sensor, super fast auto-focus and stunning low-light photos. 

It is however worth noting the Galaxy S8 is just around the corner, so if you want the latest and greatest, it might worth holding off for a month. Check out Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ plans here.

Samsung Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 (2017)

Rating: IP68

The Galaxy A5 and Galaxy S7 are Samsung's latest midrange smartphones, although they've also got more than a few premium features.The most important of these is IP68 water-resistance, just like Samsung's pricier devices. The fact they look like a Galaxy S7 doesn't hurt either. If you want water-resistance without breaking the bank, the A5 and A7 are some of your best options. 


Rating: IP68

LG G6 is LG's flagship smartphone for 2017. Key features include an extra tall display with an 18:9 aspect ratio (or 2:1), a design light on bezels, and IP68 water-resistance. The G6 is actually LG's first water-resistant phone, but that also means the battery is no longer removable. Personally we don't mind, we've found you'll comfortable get a full day from the G6, and water-resistance is a much more useful feature. 

Other key specifications include a Snapdragon 821 processor, a rear-facing fingerprint reader, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, a 3,300mAh battery, and Android Nougat. The G6 also touts two-rear facing cameras: one conventional 13MP camera, and one wide-angle 13MP camera with a 125-degree lens.

A quick guide to IP Ratings

Protected devices are judged by the Ingress Protection Rating (IP rating). In an IP rating the first number always refers to dust protection, while the second refers to water resistance. For example, a rating of IP54 would mean a dust protection rating of 5 and a water resistance rating of 4.

The maximum dust protection is 6; the maximum standard water protection is 8. To keep things simple, we only need to pay attention to dust protection from 5 and up, and water resistance from 5 and up.

Water resistance by IP levels:
  • 5: protected from jets of water, like holding it up the tap in your kitchen sink.
  • 6: protected from more powerful water jets.
  • 7: can be submerged in water of up to 1 metre for up to 30 minutes. 
  • 8: can be submerged in water of up to 1.5 metres,  and for periods up to 30 minutes.

Understand Ingress Protection Ratings? Click here to go back to the top.

Smartphone in water image and splash via Shutterstock


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