Dust and Water Resistance Glossary
IP – This is an abbreviation for “Ingress Protection”, an international standard. We will use the “IP67” rating to explain how these ratings work.
The first digit after the “IP” part indicates dust resistance. As such, a smartphone with an IP6X rating is dust tight. As long as its protection is intact, dust will not get in.
The second digit after the “IP” part indicates the device’s level of water resistance. As such, an IPX7 rating means the smartphone can be immersed in up to 1 metre depth of water for 30 minutes. An IPX8 rating means that it can be submerged for up to 1.5 metres for 30 minutes.
There is a wide range of water water and dust resistance ratings available. Here are a few of the most common ones:
Things To Avoid Doing With Your Water and Dust Resistant Smartphone
Avoid salt water or liquids that contain strong chemicals. Avoid hot water too. All these can break down the protective layer on the device and expose it to damage.
As much as possible, avoid going swimming with your device. If it has an IP68 rating, chances are that it will survive swimming though, but why push your luck? It will certainly survive a drop in a shallow swimming pool.
Things To Not Worry About
Feel free to use your IP67 and IP68 certified smartphone in the rain or with wet hands. A trip to the beach should pose no problems either. You should not be worried either should your water and dust resistant phone drop in a bucket of water or gets a splashing. Just get it out of the water, give it a good wipe and carry on.
What Brands Make Water and Dust Resistant Smartphones?
Meanwhile, if you are looking to buy a water resistant smartphone, we have a list of brands that make them. The list is a bit dated now, but still very valid. Want a water proof smartphone? Have a look here.