Over the past few weeks we've been discussing a lot more times about coming of age rugged phones.
Of course rugged handsets are designed to withstand extreme conditions. These phones are usually certified with different IP certification, making them durable when compared to an average phone.
While previous generation rugged phones (waterproof and dust resistant) were available in handful of East Asian countries.
However, with changing market dynamics anyone can find them available across the world, including India. In this feature, we're not going to discuss about the rugged handsets specifically designed to meet military standards.
But we'll surely talk about IP67 certified phones that are manufactured by the leading handset manufacturers such as Samsung, Sony and many more. In layman's language, buyers can now look forward to buy their favorite waterproof handsets through online and retail chains.
Can your smartphone withstand the rain? If yes, then your phone has passed the IP67 certification. Ingress Protection (IP) is basically a rating system developed by the International Electrotechnical Commission or the IEC.
This system is a gold standard to figure out different degrees of protection against intrusion or immersion. The IEC categorizes dust-resistance from levels 0-6, where 6 indicates complete protection. And water resistance goes from 0-9.
If we compare the Samsung Galaxy S5 with the Sony Xperia Z2, based on the given IP rating parameters, then the Galaxy S5 has an IP67 certification, offering protection in water up to a meter. On the other hand, the Sony Xperia Z2 incorporates IP55 and IP58 certifications, protecting the handset up to 3 meters
While the tough phones generally grab your attention for being waterproof, they also boast extreme simple and elegant looking designs. The Sony Xperia Z1, for instance, looks extremely solid but the company has made the device to lure mainstream population.
At the same time, we'd like to mention that there are certain handsets available in the market that shouldn't be recognized as waterproof but with the nano-coating they can be protected against water. Motorola doesn't advertise the Moto G as being water-resistant or dust proof but since the phone has hydrophobic coating it can withstand the rain.
So yes, those of you who are planning to visit Goa in the coming days should look forward to buy these rugged phones that can withstand extreme weather conditions.
We've hand handpicked top 5 waterproof phones you can buy in India. Take a look!
Sony Xperia Z2
The successor to the Xperia Z1 was launched earlier this year's at MWC. Like its predecessor, the Sony Xperia Z2 can withstand the rain. It features a 5.2-inch Full HD display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU, 3GB RAM, Android 4.4 Kitkat, a 20.7-MP rear-facing camera, 4K video recording, a secondary 2.2MP front-facing camera, 16GB of on-board storage, and an external microSD card slot. Surprisingly, India buyers have been waiting long enough to lay their hands on the Xperia Z2. There's no information as when Sony will release the handset into Indian market.
Release date- TBA
Samsung Galaxy S5
It's the second most popular waterproof phone of 2014. Samsung has already launched the device in India; though priced on a higher side. The S5 comes with a 5.1-inch FHD display, an Octa-Core CPU (Indian version), 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, Android 4.4 Kitkat, a microSD card slot (up to 128GB), 16MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing camera and more.
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
This is the phone you should check out at least once. Basically, it's a compact version of the Xperia Z1. Sony has made no major changes when it comes to internal hardware. The only difference you will find between the two devices is the size, and a smaller display. Check out its features and specs in detail.
Motorola Moto G
The Moto G, when went on sale in India earlier this year, has been selling quite well due to its affordable price tag. Motorola had advertised that the phone has a water-resistant nano-coating applied to its internal components. However, the budget handset can live up to 30 minutes, according to some media reports in the past. On the specs front, the handset features a quad-core processor and a 5MP rear-facing camera. Check out the detailed of the Motorola Moto G.
Sony Xperia Z1
Back in September 2013, Sony introduced the Xperia Z1. This stylish looking handset is blessed with good looks. It comes with a 5-inch Full HD display, a 2.2-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad core processor, 2GB of RAM , 16GB of ROM Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS, a microSD card slot, a 20.7MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing camera, and a 3,000mAh battery.