Is Water Resistance a useful feature or a gimmick?

For today’s discussion, we may have to classify smartphones into two categories. Those with water resistance, and those without water resistance. This post was inspired by discussions on the Geek WhatsApp group. Is water resistance for phones a useful feature? Or is it just a gimmick? There are already many points for and against.

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People are generally careless. Their gadgets may fall inside water or sometimes it’s taken to the bathroom. Unfortunate things can also happen, unexpected rainfall, accidental spill from kids or colleagues. What saves your ass in these situations? A water resistant phone.

Conversely, one can say, “I have never felt like I need my phone to be water proof, because the situation has simply never arisen”. There’s also a case that people dip their phones in water, find a way to dry it, and it starts working again. With careful use, what are the chances that your phone gets in contact with water?

Can water resistance on phones be equated to a wiper on your car headlamp? How often do you need that feature?

I repeat the question: Is resistance to water a useful feature or a gimmick? Personally, I think it is. What do you think?

PS: If interested in a water resistance phone, have a look here.

Chibueze is an award-winning gadget reviewer and geek. He loves research, while living and breathing tech. You can reach him on Facebook, Twitter ,OR LinkedIn

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