India is a country of extreme weather conditions. While we are experiencing the wrath of the summer currently, there is always a hope that some shower would help the temperatures go tumbling down. We can hope right? As much as we love rains and showers, they render our gadgets pretty much useless. You are always careful to make sure the devices do not get wet and get damaged. However, late 2013 and early 2014 has seen a shift of focus, where several manufacturers are placing a lot of importance in making sure their phones are water resistant so water damage is no more of an issue, and you can go ahead and instagram the rain while getting soaked.
But before we get into discussing the five phones that are water resistant, we must discuss about IP Code and how it tells you, to what extent is your device water and dust proof.
What is IP Scale?
IP Scale or Ingress Protection Scale basically rates the degree of protection to intrusion of external matter to your smartphone. It tells you to what extent can your smartphone stand against agents like dust and water. You would normally see the IP rating of a device written as IP XY, where X and Y are two numbers. Here X represents protection against solid objects while Y represents protection against liquid. Speaking broadly, higher the digits, better is the protection. The exact breakdown is as follows:
Now that we are clear with the IP Rating system, lets look at the five smartphones that you could pick that would be perfect company this monsoon.
Sony Xperia Z1
As much as we wanted to write the Xperia Z2 here, we had to refrain since the phone is barely available globally with roll out expected sometime in May mid. The Xperia Z1 to its credit is perhaps the best camera smartphone with a physical shutter button, allowing you to take plenty of pictures in rains. In making the phone IP 55/ IP 58 rated, Sony has not compromised on the build quality or performance of the device. The Z1 remains one of the most powerful and good looking smartphones out there. The device can be picked for about Rs 36,000 and brings a 5 inch Full HD display with a 20.7 MP camera and Snapdragon 800 SoC.
Samsung Galaxy S5
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is an IP 67 rated smartphone. The latest flagship from Samsung is a life companion for all seasons without a doubt. Arguably the most popular device on this list, the S5 requires you to have the Micro USB port to be closed by a provided flap to make sure the device remains water and dust resistant. The device has a 5.1 inch Full HD display that is perhaps the best in class and the rugged build of the phone thanks to a lot of plastic and a dimpled pattern back means the phone feels very secure when handling in wet conditions. The Galaxy S5 is available for Rs 48,000 in the market. Other noteworthy specs include, an Exynos 5/ Snapdragon 801 SoC, 2 GB of RAM, 16/32 GB internal storage, 16 MP Camera and a Heart Beat Rate monitor at the back.
While HTC has obviously not made a lot of noise about the water resistant abilities of the HTC M8, it has been revealed that the beautiful smartphone is IP X3 rated. This means, that obviously unlike the Z1 or the S5, it would not be able to sustain in water for a long time, but it can survive sprayed water from certain angles. So, if you are the sorts that tends to spill water on the smartphone, then the HTC M8 has you covered, though you should not go beyond that. It may not last with you in shower, but an occasional walk in light drizzle with the HTC M8 and you have no need to worry. The phone is reportedly on sale already in parts of India for about Rs 49,900 and is without a doubt the best designed Android smartphone on the planet with top of the rack specs including a 5 inch display, Snapdragon 801 SoC, 2 GB of RAM and a 4 Ultra Pixel camera with additional camera for depth analysis.
Motorola Moto G
Just like the HTC M8, the Moto G makes no claims about being a water resistant device. However, it is impossible to miss out that the Moto G has a water resistant nano coating on it. There is no information about the IP rating of the device, but no doubt the phone is not allergic to water like some of the other devices. In a video demonstration by Erica Griffin here, the device survived the 30 minutes bath pretty alright with just about everything working perfectly well. This certainly makes the Moto G perhaps the best all rounder in the smartphone space, giving its owners terrific value for money including some resistance to water. Obviously, the phone will not survive sinking in water, but it definitely has reasonable resistance. Add in Rs 12,500 price tag with a 4.5 inch HD display, almost stock Android, 1 GB RAM and a Quad Core Snapdragon 400 SoC and you can see why the Motorola G is a hit.
Sony Xperia Z Ultra
If phablets are your thing, then the Xperia Z Ultra is the perfect phablet if you are a bit of a water animal. Sony claims, that the Xperia Z Ultra is the only Full HD smartphone with a screen size greater than 5.5 inches in global distribution, that can resist water. Just like the Xperia Z1, the Z Ultra has an IP 55 and IP 58 ratings and can take a submersion in water without a problem. The phone remains waterproof till about 1.5 m in fresh water. On the specs front too, the Z Ultra does a terrific job. With a 6.4 inch display, the Z Ultra is without a doubt the tallest contender in the list and brings a Snapdragon 800 SoC with 8 MP rear camera for about Rs 38,299.
With that, we round up our favorite five smartphones that can take a splash of water without giving up. Which of these devices is your favorite? Let us know in the section below or catch us on our Social Networking profiles.