The water resistance It is a very interesting feature on Android phones. One of the drawbacks to carry a device small and useful is that it is expensive and relatively fragile. That is why we don’t see more than advances in the resistance falls and blows, for example with increasingly resistant crystals. But there is another type of accidents which not all handsets support and are those involving water.
A fall of a terminal to the water can be a very nasty accident. It is normal that the terminal stop working completely and do not guarantee cover us since there is moisture on the inside of the Terminal. For this reason some brands have dared with resistance to water. Sony takes time to improving this aspect and Samsung has lately taken a step backwards.
Sony bet strong water resistance
Sony is one of the manufacturers that stronger opted for resistance to water in its terminals (also to dust). When the subject of the water resistance was a niche thing, Sony took a step forward and began to support it in its terminals (albeit while he was still a SonyEricsson had some water resistant terminal). The final step was with the Sony Xperia V, a mid-range with IP55/57 resistance terminal + that could soak for 30 minutes to a maximum of 1 meter in depth.
This Sony Xperia V had a characteristic different from any presented previously: did not have an aspect of mobile heavy duty, do sport or anything similar. The design was similar to the rest of the range. I.e. Sony site distancing models Active, specific to be resistant, and led the resistance to the normal range. In this case a middle range.
But the final step of Sony was when introduced in January 2013 your Sony Xperia Z, the first terminal of high range water-resistant (specifically certifications IP55 and IP57, resistance to water, up to 30 minutes and 1 meter of immersion, and dust and sand). This was a big step for Sony to He did not repeat in their later years flag terminals: Xperia Z1 (improved at IP58 by removing the top of 30 minutes of immersion), Xperia Z2 (maintained protection IP58) and Xperia Z3 (improved up to IP68 with immersion up to 2 meters).
Now, these terminals have a snag: the protection of ports. For that not to get water on the inside of the terminal ports come with covers which must be removed when we want to use them. This may be acceptable when we want to change the SD card or SIM (not something we do very often) but is quite uncomfortable when we want to connect headphones or charger to the microUSB port.
In the Z1 Xperia headphones cover was lost, i.e. it could get water without problems there without damaging the terminal. On the other hand we have had to wait for the Sony Xperia M4, a range average presented in February, to see how Sony also elmininaba the microUSB connector cover, thus having a terminal truly water resistant under normal conditions and without inconveniences.
The next Sony Xperia Z4 follows this trend and again the microUSB connector CAP is eliminated, great news for those who want a mobile heavy duty, with a design that does not highlight this resistance and without having to be using lids. A great evolution by Sony.
Samsung made its tests and threw it on a massive scale, but…
Samsung, on the other hand, later became this water resistance. When Sony gave it all in resistance to water in its terminals top of range, Samsung launched two different models: the Samsung Galaxy S4, that was not resistant to water, and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, that Yes it was. The problem is that the appearance of the Active S4 is clearly a resistant terminal, not as Sony.
Well, Samsung gave a pleasant surprise with the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy S5. The terminal flag of 2014 was resistant to the water and dustproof, IP67 certified, although with lid in the microUSB port like the Sony at the time. The news was buenísma for users: two major brands such as Sony and Samsung betting on resistance to water in its leading terminals. This could mean that all manufacturers would be to give strength to their terminals to not be outdone.
However with the new Samsung Galaxy S6 have seen a step backwards by Samsung. It is true, it has given a dramatic renewal of design and performance, but some things have fallen by the wayside. Apart from the mentioned as SD cards and removable battery resistance to water and dust has been slackening.
It is a pity, because Sony has demonstrated that the design does not have to be at odds with the water resistance. Let us hope that Samsung has had to forfeit for having changed so much in such a short time and soon We see a new step forward in this regard.