Do you like to do lots of water sports or are you someone who is always worried that your Android smartphone might be damaged if you are drenched from the rain or worse still, dropped into the toilet bowl? If your answer is yes to the above scenarios, then this article might give you something to cheer about!
We all know that nowadays in the crowded Android smartphone industry, being innovative and value adding are two important characteristics and that’s why there are so many new features added to today’s smartphones. A very outstanding feature is water resistant and let me share with you a list of the 5 best Android smartphones that come with this feature. Ready to stay dry? Then read on!
Motorola Defy Pro
A recently launched phone in July, this Motorola’s offering is in this list because of its price per value ratio. With an attractive price of $250, it does the water resistant job pretty well with a 2.7 inch screen. Although running only the Gingerbread, we all know that updates to ICS are panning out so that should not be a big issue to worry about. Besides being water resistant, it is also housing a sturdy body and is actually the first QWERTY phone from Motorola that is both water resistant and dustproof.
Motorola Defy Pro runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and also features a 5 MP camera. For those users that prefer a QWERTY keypad and are constantly on the move, this is a phone that you should pursue after since it will bring you the best in the ruggedness and convenience in using the keypad.
Samsung Rugby Smart
Without saying, a look at this Android smartphone’s name will tell you that it definitely deserves a spot in this list. If the rugby team can use this, so can you! With stunning sturdiness, this phone is not only water resistant but is also resistant to dust, vibration, heat, solar radiation and even humidity! Wow! So basically for your son who is always asking you for money to get a new phone simply because he is always dropping the phone on the ground or into water, he will have no excuse anymore if you get him this precious smartphone!
Similar to Defy Pro, it also runs the Android Gingerbread platform but remember that you can get the ICS upgrade later on, you should not count this as a shortcoming. It features a 1.4GHz CPU and brandishes an internal memory of 4GB (upgradable to 32GB with a SD card). It also has a camera (5MP) that comes with LED flash. With a 3.7 inch touchscreen display, what more could you ask for if you want a trustworthy phone from Samsung?
Sony Xperia Go
A highly rated phone by users, it is rumored to be the most water resistant of all and is also one of the high performance all-rounder in the battle of the most sturdy phones. Claimed to be a phone that welcomes all punches or beatings, there’s almost nothing you can do to kill it! Coming with a battery saving mode with a killer design, this Sony’s Xperia Go also has a scratch resistant display.
With a 3.5″ LCD touchscreen, Go tries to snatch the crown of this list by coming with a dual core Cortex A9 processor clocked at 1GHz, as well as 8GB RAM. Running on Android Gingerbread 2.3, you can also expand its memory with a SD card up to 32GB. Same thing here, ICS update is definitely in the works so don’t count it down just because it is running an older Android platform.
Remember that you often see the brand Caterpillar in any construction sites? And this same manufacturer is giving their brand something new to boast about and that is dishing out an Android smartphone that comes gleaning with an IP67 certification. With such a backing, it is said to be able to take any kind of “abuse” when it involves dust and dirt.
The winning feature here for CAT B10 is that when it comes to water resistance, it does a pretty good job since it is invincible even if you drop your phone into your swimming pool for 15 minutes. The guarantee is that up to 30 minutes, you can submerge it in a water depth of 1 meter without it malfunctioning. With a 3.2 inch touchscreen display, it also features a processor that clocks at 800 MHz (slightly behind its competitors on processor) as well as runs on Android Gingerbread with ICS updates on the way. The redeeming feature comes in the fact that this phone (priced around $500) has both a front and back facing camera since most smartphones in the water resistant category comes with a back facing camera most of the times.
Sony Xperia Acro S
Yet another Sony Xperia series phone on this list, this shows that Sony must have understood the niche needs of the resistant smartphone industry well. With Xperia Acro S, the first thing you would notice is that you will be getting Android Ice Cream Sandwich as well as a 4.3 inch HD display with a 12 megapixel camera (as well as a 1.3MP secondary cam) that is capable of HD video recording. In all areas, it seems to have won over the Xperia Go since its specs are stronger. Running a 1.5 GHz CU (dual core), it is heavier than the Go, weighing in at 147g. It comes with 1GB RAM, 16GB internal memory and you can expand the memory with a SD card too up to 32GB.
If you are a girly girl, then maybe Xperia Acro S might suit you since it comes in pink as one of its color choices too. However, with so many great specifications, do set your pricing expectations higher than the rest too. This smartphone is expected to hit the shelves at a selling price of at least $600 USD so that is where you have to feel comfortable to place one in your hands!