If you want a water proof smartphone, here are the brands that have made this feature a unique selling proposition.

Want a water proof smartphone? Have a look at these brands

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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.

Sony Xperia ZR - Water proof smartphone:

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.


  1. Saw a review by Erica on YouTube, the Motorola moto g stayed under water for 30 mins and survived. Shall we call it waterproof too even tho Motorola didn’t state such?

  2. Mr. Appleton,

    No; the Moto G is not water proof. Here’s a clear explanation:

    Waterproof phones must undergo rigid testing and meet certain requirements to obtain certification. Components must be properly sealed to make sure water cannot get in and cause damage. Motorola did not do that. What the company did was apply a water-repellent coating aimed more for resisting small amounts of water. As Griffin discovered, the phone slightly acted up and showed signs of water seeping into the device before eventually recovering.


  3. unless. you are a Diver by profession, the Moto G method may be all required.

    But, eh, if the phone is not more expensive BECAUSE of water proofing efforts, why not?

  4. Sony make beautiful devices. I would say if I’m going to use my device outdoors a lot, I would definitely consider the Xperia waterproof range.

  5. if we’re talking about water proof/ resistant smartphones the Xperia Tablet Z shouldn’t be on the list

  6. While I agree protection against both elements are important, I am more inclined to buy a device that is dust and scratch proof. I think that fits my lifestyle more…(I am no diver nor a swimming pool-mole) since I often work outdoors. Rainfall is seasonal; dust or scratches are not.

  7. How to make any phone waterproof
    1. Pull out your phone from your pocket
    2. Put it in a clear nylon bag (the size that was used to tie “Pure water” back in the day)
    3. Tie the opening of the nylon with a piece of rubber band
    4. Voila! You have a waterproof phone

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