The Best Water Resistant Smartphones

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If you’re used to dropping your smartphone in water, this list of Water Resistant  Phones is for you.

Smartphones that can be dropped in the pool, the toilet, or get caught in the rain aren’t as rare as they used to be. More and more smartphone manufacturers are launching phones with IP67 and 68 ratings, meaning your phone likely won’t be rendered useless if it gets submerged in water on accident. While there actually isn’t a smartphone on the market that’s completely waterproof, there are a handful that are very water resistant.

And that’s what we’re here to talk about today. Here is our list of the best waterproof and water resistant Android phones out there.

  1. LG G6

    Throughout 2016, the LG G5 struggled to take on the Galaxy S7, HTC 10 and all the other flagships released that year. It’s not a bad phone, per se, it just lacks the level of polish we normally expect from top-tier smartphones nowadays. The phone would have been more widely accepted if it nailed the modular implementation, but unfortunately the whole module-swapping process was wonky and the three “Friends” that launched with the G5 weren’t all that appealing. With the G6, LG has gone back to the basics.

    Certainly the most standout feature on the G6 is its 5.7-inch Quad HD LCD display, with its interesting aspect ratio of 18:9 and rounded corners. It also comes with a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4 GB of RAM, plenty of on-board storage, an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance and dual 13 MP rear cameras. It’s worth noting that not all LG G6s are created equal. For example, the G6 that’s coming to the U.S. is the only variant that supports wireless charging, while the Hi-Fi Quad DAC is exclusive to South Korea and certain markets in Asia. What’s more, the G6 with 64 GB of storage is only available in a handful of markets.

    This isn’t a phone that introduces a bunch of gimmicky features that you’ll never use. It’s simply a solid, well-built smartphone that nails the main areas users care most about.

    LG G6

    Specs

    • 7-inch IPS LCD display with 2880 x 1440 resolution, 564 ppi
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
    • 4 GB of RAM
    • 32/64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
    • Dual 13 MP rear cameras, 5 MP front camera
    • Non-removable 3,300 mAh battery
    • Android 7.0 Nougat
    • 9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm, 163 g
  2. HTC U11

    HTC U11

    The HTC 10 was one of our favorite Android phones of 2016, and for good reason. The Taiwanese company absolutely nailed the design of the 10, and it worked hard at scaling back the software to make it feel like the bare-bones Android experience we all know and love. And while it didn’t have a bunch of gimmicky extras, that was okay. The HTC 10 was a solid Android phone that nailed the basics.

    Now HTC is back with the 10’s successor, the HTC U11. With an eye-catching, glossy design, all-day battery life, an IP67 rating, and a smooth and snappy software experience, the U11 competes toe-to-toe with the Galaxy S8 and LG G6 when it comes to performance. It also has one of the best smartphone cameras on the market, according to DxOMark.

    The standout feature on the U11 is something HTC calls Edge Sense. The sides of the phone are pressure sensitive, and this allows you to physically squeeze the phone to activate a specific function or open an app like the camera or web browser. Having to squeeze your phone to make it do something does sound a bit odd, but we’ve really found this feature to come in handy.

    Before you go out and spend $650 on this baby, there are a few things you should know. For starters, this phone doesn’t have a 3.5 mm headphone jack, meaning you’ll either need to use Bluetooth headphones or carry around the included headphone adapter everywhere you go. Also, while HTC’s Sense is one of our favorite Android skins out there, it is feeling a bit dated at this point.

    If you can get past those few caveats, though, the U11 will certainly not disappoint.

    HTC U11

    Specs

    • 5-inch IPS LCD display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534 ppi
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
    • 4/6 GB of RAM
    • 64/128 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
    • 12 MP rear camera, 16 MP front camera
    • 3,000 mAh battery
    • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
    • 9 x 75.9 x 7.9 mm, 169 g
  3. Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus

    Samsung S8 and S8 Plus

    Following a successful launch of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, Samsung seemed to have a pretty good idea as to what users want in a smartphone. Solid battery life, high-res screens, impressive camera performance and more were all things the company achieved with the 2016 flagships. And while the Note 7 seemed to improve even more in those areas, overheating problems caused the device to enter total recall mode.

    Now we get to see what Samsung has in store for us in 2017. It should come as no surprise that the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus feature top-of-the-line specifications, great cameras and an all-new design that’s truly futuristic.

    This time around, Samsung included a curved screen on both the S8 and S8 Plus, as well as a unique 18.5:9 aspect ratio that allows for a much more comfortable in-hand feel. The company even ditched its famous physical home button and included on-screen navigation keys (finally). Under the hood, these devices come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor (or Exynos 8895, depending on the region), 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of on-board storage, and one of the latest versions of Android, 7.0 Nougat. They also have IP68 ratings for dust and water resistance.

    Samsung even launched a few extra accessories alongside the S8 that you should definitely consider checking out. The new Samsung DeX dock lets you use your S8 as a desktop computer, and there’s also a new Gear 360 camera that allows for shooting video in 4K and live streaming to YouTube. Of course, there’s also a new Galaxy S8-compatible Gear VR headset, complete with a controller for easier navigation.

    All in all, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are two of the most promising smartphones launching in 2017.

    Specs

    Samsung Galaxy S8

    • 8-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 570 ppi
    • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895 processor (depending on region)
    • 4 GB of RAM
    • 64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
    • 12 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
    • Non-removable 3,000 mAh battery
    • Android 7.0 Nougat
    • 9 x 68.1 x 8 mm, 155 g

    Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

    • 2-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 529 ppi
    • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895 processor (depending on region)
    • 4 GB of RAM
    • 64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
    • 12 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
    • Non-removable 3,000 mAh battery
    • Android 7.0 Nougat
    • 5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm, 173 g
  4. ZTE Axon 7

    ZTE AXON 7

    One of the best ZTE phone ever made, the ZTE Axon 7 was announced back in May 2016 and was one of the best budget high-end smartphones of last year. It features a 5.5-inch QHD display and is powered by the same Snapdragon 820 chipset that’s found in devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5.

    It’s a great option for those who love listening to music or watching videos, as the device is equipped with dual front-facing stereo speakers. It has a metal body that gives it a more premium look and feel and is available in two color options: Ion Gold and Quartz Gray.

    The ZTE Axon 7 has its drawbacks just like any other smartphone. The UI on top of Android is far from the most popular on the market, and the camera struggles in low-light conditions. Overall it’s still a great smartphone that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, as it retails for $370.

    ZTE AXON 7

    Specs

    • 5-inch AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 538 ppi
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
    • 4 GB of RAM
    • 64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
    • 20 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
    • Non-removable 3,250 mAh battery
    • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
    • 7 x 75 x 7.9 mm, 175 g
  5. ZTE Axon M

    ZTE Axon M

    The ZTE Axon M is the latest and most interesting of all of the ZTE phones on this list. What makes it stand out from the crowd is that it features two 5.2-inch displays mounted on a hinge that allows you to use just one or both of them at the same time.

    When you unfold the device, the two displays act as one or can be used separately to take multitasking to a whole new level. You can also place it in “tent mode” and play the same movie on both screens, making it easy for more than one people to watch it.

    Its foldable nature does have its drawbacks, as the Axon M is far from the most gorgeous smartphone out there. The device is quite thick (12.1 mm) and well as heavy (230 grams) and has thick bezels on the top and bottom.

    You’ll be able to get the Axon M from AT&T in November for $24.17 per month on a 30-month contract, which adds up to exactly $725.10. That makes this the most expensive of all the ZTE phones on the market, but also the most eye-catching.

    ZTE Axon M

    Specs

    • Two 5.2-inch TFT LCD displays with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 426 ppi
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
    • 4 GB of RAM
    • 64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
    • 20 MP rear camera that can be utilized in front-facing mode
    • Non-removable 3,180 mAh battery
    • Android 7.1.2 Nougat
    • 8 x 71.6 x 12.1 mm, 230 g
  6. ZTE Blade MAX 3

    ZTE Blade Max 3

    This is another affordable phablet from ZTE that comes with a 6-inch Full HD display. It also features a 4,000 mAh battery that should offer at least two days of use before running out of juice.

    What’s interesting is that the smartphone also comes equipped with a dual-camera setup, something we’re more used to seeing on high-end devices. It has a simple design that may not stand out much, but is still quite appealing.

    When the handset launched back in April, you had to dish out $200 to get it. Its price has come down since, so it can now be yours for just $130, but only at US Cellular.

    ZTE Blade Max 3

    Specs

    • 6-inch display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 367 ppi
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
    • 2 GB of RAM
    • 16 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128 GB
    • Dual 13 MP rear cameras, 5 MP front camera
    • Non-removable 4,000 mAh battery
    • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
    • 8 x 84.1 x 8.9 mm, 180 g