Why You Need a Waterproof Smartphone


A waterproof smartphone is essential if you want a hygienic handset, don’t want to worry about accidental dropping of the device in the bathtub, and crave the freedom to take pictures of marine life at rock pools without fear of spray damaging the device.


The good news is that waterproof smartphones are now affordable and no longer look like armoured tanks or bricks. Indeed, you might even find it difficult to identify a handset’s resistance to liquids from just a visual inspection.


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What about your daily jogging or cycling session? Sweat, possible rain and even the unfortunate event of a splash from running through a pool of water can cause damage to the regular handset. Do you ever wish you could answer your phone in the shower or bath? Now you can as the handset is more than splash-proof.


Even having a regular handset in the kitchen can pose the risk of handset damage due to steam and water. Also, consider how easy it is for a device to be damaged due to high moisture content in the immediate surroundings.


Today it’s possible to get one that can take pictures underwater. This means you can snorkel with the handset. Of course, it’s wise to wash off residue after a swimming pool or ocean snorkelling session as it’s water but not all types of liquid resistant.


When it comes to hygienic and sanitary work and living environments, people wash their hands, sanitise with disinfectants and the like, but they often fail to wipe their handsets clean.


With a water-resistant handset, you don’t have to be concerned about germs collecting on the screen. Simply rinse the phone under the tap and wipe it dry to keep it clean.


How to determine if it’s a waterproof smartphone


You can verify the handset’s resistance to water penetration by looking at the International Electro-technical Commission (IEC) rating for it. The IEC issues the International Protection or IP codes. For a handset to be waterproof, it must have a relevant rating. The IP codes consist of two digits, with the first one indicative of the handset’s resistance to solid particle penetration. A rating of 6 shows it is dust and debris proof, which is quite important if you use the device at a construction site, woodwork workshop or even on the beach.


The second digit refers to the water resistance level. You want the handset to be rated at least 7 or 8. Together the IP rating reads as IP67 or IP68. Most rugged handsets have at least an IP67 rating with many of the ones available from the Blackview brand sporting the IP68 rating.


Do keep in mind that the rating refers to the handset’s protection against water penetration and not to other types of liquid. If the device is exposed to harsh chemicals like chlorine or a high-alcohol sanitiser, you need to rinse it under clean running water and then dry it off.


The manufacturer will also state for how long the device can be immersed and at what depth. Most rugged smartphones available from Blackview can be immersed underwater for at least 30 minutes and at a maximum depth of 1,5 metres.


Where to buy your waterproof smartphone?


Visit the rugged phones product page here to view the range of waterproof smartphones available. With regular promotions, Blackview makes it possible to get these handsets at bargain prices.