Why would you need a water proof smartphone? Simple. Water (and fluids in general) is a renowned nemesis of the smartphone. As a rule, once your beloved phone takes a splash or a dunking, that is the beginning of the end of days for it.
As such, an interest in a water proof or water resistant smartphone isn’t a strange or uncommon thing. Your friendly super hero, Super Mo, has drawn up a guide pointing you to manufacturers offering water proof smartphones.
Note that while there are water proof mobiles from various manufacturers globally, in the beginning, only Sony put in the effort to officially market such devices in Nigeria.
If you want a water proof smartphone, the following brands are where to look. The feature doesn’t come cheap though, so be ready to spend on upper mid-range and premium flagship devices.
Water proof smartphone: Sony
By default, all of Sony’s premium flagships are waterproof, so you can buy one and be assured that your phone has a good chance of surviving a dunk in water of up to 1.5metres depth.
Below are other manufacturers and their water proof devices that may or may not be seen in this market.
Water proof smartphone: Huawei
Huawei is officially in Nigeria, and has some water proof models available. You do have to ask and check the specs to be sure about the specific model you are interested in.
Water proof smartphone: Samsung
Like Sony, Samsung flagship smartphones – the Galaxy S series – are water proof. Some of the Galaxy A series devices are too, but you have to check to be sure.
Water proof smartphone: LG
Officially servicing the Nigerian market as well, LG has some water proof phones in the market, but its premium flagships are almost always water and dust proof.
A water proof smartphone is a great idea and a huge convenience. Whether it is rain or your toddler thinking it is a great idea to wash your phone, you can buy some peace of mind with one of these. All the categories devices mentioned on this page have a minimum IP57 certification. This means that they are resistant to dust that can mess them up and that you can dunk them in water of up to 1 meter deep for a maximum of 30 minutes. Anything beyond that, and you are on your own.
This has to be said: the same way that Nokia has built a niche for itself with smartphone photography, it is pretty much clear that Sony owns the water proof smartphone corner.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.