[Poll] How Important is a Water-Resistant Phone or Tablet?

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How important is it to have a water-resistant phone or tablet?

  1. It's very important to me, and I no longer want a device without it.

    15 vote(s)
    44.1%
  2. It's mildly important to me. I would be happy to have it on my device, but it isn't necessary.

    18 vote(s)
    52.9%
  3. It's not important to me at all, and I don't care if my phone has this feature.

    1 vote(s)
    2.9%
  1. dgstorm

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    One of the new trends in flagship smartphones is IP67 certification, or water & dust "proofing." While the IP67 specs don't actually make a device completely waterproof, they do give it some amazing resiliency to rain, small bodies of water and/or splashes.

    Sony basically spear-headed the water-proofing trend, but now other OEMs are following suit including Samsung and others. This got us wondering about the importance of this feature. Is water-proofing just a passing fad, or is it actually a defining feature that helps you decide on a device? Do you think all manufacturers should add IP67 certification to their devices from now on, or are you unconcerned about it?

    Here's a poll to get your feedback on this topic:

    How important is it to have a water-resistant phone or tablet?
    1. It's very important to me, and I no longer want a device without it.
    2. It's mildly important to me. I would be happy to have it on my device, but it isn't necessary.
    3. It's not important to me at all, and I don't care if my phone has this feature.

     
  2. CJM

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    I think all devices should have some form of waterproof from the manufacturer. It would beat carrying a zip lock bag around when we're expecting rain :p

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    I would never zip loc my phone. That's just way too nerdy. Keep it in your pocket when it's raining. Carry an umbrella. Don't be THAT guy.
    Having said that I have a RAZR HD which is water resistant and I do make fun of people that try to shield their phone when it's raining.
    I play Ingress, sometimes you need your phone in the elements when playing. But I've had plenty of non resistant phones and never lost one to rain.
     
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    this to me is just the natural conclusion for a device..... "Computer" that has our lives on it.
     
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    if the tech is out there at an affordable rate that the manufacturers can easily implement it, then i don't see why it shouldn't be the norm for all devices. My D4(RIP :() had a water resistant/repellent coating, my note 3 doesnt...which, coming from a 2 year old D4, seems like a step backwards for samsung to not include it.
     
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    Its great for those people who drop their phones in Toilets! no one of them but know too many people who have.
     
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    Lets see, I've had the original iPhone, the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, DroidX, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 4, HTC M8 and my newest phone is the LG G3. I never dropped one in water....until my M8. It took the dunk 3 months after I got it. I am now nervous as hell around pools when I have my G3 with me. I bought a waterproof bag for when I know I'll be near water and can think ahead and bring it with me.

    I don't think you should be able to use the phone under water to take pictures but it should be able to survive for 5-10 minutes while you can get it out and in a towel. But lets face it, if phones could survive water the insurance companies for phones and the OEMs themselves would lose a bunch of money. How much you think they make off people buying a new phone because of water damage. I've never had an issue with my phone when its raining. I keep it in my pocket with no other protection.
     
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    # 3.Not that important to me. I don't go swimming with my phone nor do I use it over open water. Next question.....
     
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    It's mildly important. I would prefer that IP67 be a standard on all devices but it's not entirely necessary. However I would like to see more case option for those devices that do not offer Water immersion protection.
     
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    Even waterproof phones (ie Samsung Galaxy 5) is not really "waterproof" as they will not honor a phone that was water damaged. So for me having a basic coating that protects my phone from a light rain for those moments I have to answer a call or I am doing something on my phone and the sky decides to open. But if you work in an area where you are concerned about water, dirt, or sand do yourself a favor and invest in a $50 otterbox defender. It will save yourself a lot of hassle. For those who hate bulky cases I suggest maybe something thinner.
     
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    I'd have to choose #2, "mildly important but not necessary". While I've never lost a phone to water damage, I have had some very close calls while fishing and in the snow. I think eventually this may become the norm if they can figure out a way to make the usb port water resistant without the use of a flappy port cover.

    tap'n on my S5
     
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    It would take a load off my mind when boating/fishing. Wife lost a couple phones trying to get pics of kids tubing and such. If the phone doesn't come with it, I'll go the Liquipel route.