The term “Water Resistant” has been getting thrown out more and more by manufacturers over the past few years, and since water resistant doesn’t mean waterproof, we wanted to ask- how water resistant is water resistant?.

Well, to get an idea on this let’s take a look at the rating criteria classified as International Protection, or IP. The IP is a standard that was created by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and uses a two digit format such as IP67.

The first digit indicates the level of protection that the phone’s housing provides against access to internal parts and the ability of a foreign solid object (i.e. dust) to penetrate the phone’s housing. The scale ranges from 0 to 6, with 0 being no protection and 6 being “Dust Tight” -all water resistant devices will have a 6 rating.

The second number is the real number that you should focus on, which determines the devices protection against liquids, and unlike solids which were on a 0 to 6 scale water resistance is looked at on a 0 to 8 scale. 0 again means no protection while 8 in this case means Immersion beyond 1m.

Most water resistant phones fall under a 7 or 8 rating for water protection- so what’s the differences between a IP67 phone like the iPhone8 or Pixel 2, and an IP68 phone like the Samsung S8? Well to make a long story short, it comes down to how deep your phone can go below water. IP67 allows for your phone to go into a pool of water no deeper than about 3 ft (1 meter) before the weight of the water pressure is too much. IP68 as stated above is a little stronger against water and can be fully submerged for more than that 3ft mark. Samsung boast that their phones can go about 5 ft (1.5 meters) deep and stay there for 30 minutes before water would start affecting the device.

When it comes down to making your choice on which device is best for you, there are some things to consider. A phone rated IP67 or IP68 will stand up to the occasional spill into the bathtub, sink, or dare I say toilet (think about leaving it there). But if you live that aquatic lifestyle like some of my paddle boarding friends, or maybe even just have a pool in the backyard, make note that the you’re rolling that dice if you go with a phone that’s not IP68 and decide to do a cannonball into pool with it in your pocket.

From experience I have found the rating does make a difference. I’ve had numerous friends with busted IP67 phones say the same thing “the phone wasn’t even in water 30 seconds before I got it out and now it’s messed up”. IP68 phones on the other hand I’ve personally taken into pools, down pours, and fountains with no issues.

PS. Don’t be like Rob, from Swapcell, he knows what its like waiting in those Apple lines after his iPhone 7 took a dip in The Great Sacandaga Lake.

PSS. If you get your device wet you can get still trade it in here at swapcell.

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