Why Being Waterproof For Smartphones Is Not So Important?

Has it ever occurred to you that dust is stuck on the edge of the phone and when you try to remove it, you realize that you have inadvertently created a gap between the frame and the frame of the phone?

In these cases, despite trying to restore the appearance of the phone to its previous state, you will probably be wondering why this happened or not, this gap will cause more dust or water to enter the phone.

The reason for such gaps can be a lot of pressure from you. But if you are sure that you have tried reasonably well to clean that spot, it is probably because of the loosening of the glue that has glued the bezel to the frame around the phone.

In these cases, although the appearance has returned to the previous state, most likely the waterproof property of the phone (if any) has been lost and its IP68 certification can no longer be trusted.

The difference between waterproof and durable phone

If you look at the specifications of flagship and high-end handsets, you will find that most of them have some kind of water and dust resistance. Most of them are IP67 or IP68 certified, which is pronounced IP Six Seven or Six ET.

We have already explained in detail in a previous article what each of these numbers means and you can get the full explanation via the link below. But it is not bad to know that the higher these numbers, the better the resistance of the device to water and dust.


What you need to keep in mind, and not be fooled by corporate advertising, is that none of these smartphones are waterproof.

These phones are only water-resistant and this does not make them safe against liquids. This means that even an IP68-certified phone (currently the highest resistance among phones) may be damaged by water penetration under certain conditions.

Why aren’t phones resistant to water all the time?

If you go to the Apple site and open the iPhone XS page, for example, you will see an Apple disclaimer at the bottom of the page with the words: Tested under controlled conditions under IPEC standard (up to 2 meters for 30 minutes) under controlled laboratory conditions. “Spray resistance is not permanent, and dust and resistance may decrease over time.”

This does not only apply to Apple iPhones. Each phone may lose its water resistance over time just because it is used constantly. In addition, being in very hot weather, spraying accidental drops, and contact with salt water will also loosen the adhesives of the device.

Dust particles can also penetrate through the mesh part of the speakers. Cracking the display glass will also destroy the phone’s water resistance.

Apart from all this, you should know that if there is evidence that the phone is damaged due to water penetration, almost no company will repair your device under warranty.

Should we pay attention to the waterproof certification of the phones or not?

Naturally, having a level of resistance standard is better than not having it. But you should keep in mind that phone manufacturers do not consider these certifications for their products to swim with the phone at sea.

In fact, these IPs are designed to make sure that raindrops or the accidental return of glass to the side of the phone and the penetration of a few drops into it are not going to permanently damage your phone.

Finally, whether or not your phone has a water resistance certification, it is better to take care of it with more common sense. If the phone is accidentally exposed to water, immediately dry all the moisture with a towel.

Do not use the hairdryer and do not charge the phone until it is completely dry.


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