Most of our phone manufacturers claim their phones to be water-resistant, splash-resistant and some rare times, waterproof too. This guide will help you understand how water-resistant your phone is!
Let us understand a few terms and then jump right into the good stuff.
Water resistant refers to the ability of something to resistant the entry of water to some degree but not entirely.
Waterproof refers to something that is impervious to water.
Now, that is out of the way, let us move towards the IP ratings,
It is known to most of us that the IP ratings have something to do with your gadgets and protection from dust and moisture.
I P stands for Ingress Protection and the IP is always followed by a couple of numbers.
The first digit is about the protection from solids. Do you remember how frustrating it used to be when the early touch screen phones accumulated dust under the screen? This is protection from that. This ranges from 1 to 6.
The second digit is about how much water your phone can handle without getting damaged. The second digit has its range from 1 to 8. *Here is a chart to help you make more sense out of the IP rating.
Protected against solid objects over 50mm (example: hands)
Protected against vertically falling drops of water
Protected against solid objects over 12mm (example: fingers)
Protected against direct sprays of water up to 15 degrees from the vertical
Protected against solid objects over 2.5mm (example: tools and wires)
Protected against direct sprays of water up to 60 degrees from the vertical
Protected against solid objects over 1mm (example: small wires)
Protected against water sprayed from all directions
Dust protected limited ingress of dust permitted
Protected against jets of water from all directions
Dust-tight no ingress of dust permitted
Protected against powerful jets of water from all directions
Protected against the effects of immersion in water between 15 cm (5.9 inches) and 1 meter (3.3 feet) for up to 30 minutes
Protected against the effects of long periods of immersion in water under pressure
Now, let us try to make sense of the Apple Iphone X IP67 rating. The IP part still stands for Ingress Protection. The first digit to follow is 6, that means it is Dust-tight- there will be no entry of dust. The second digit is 7 that means the device is safe from immersions in the water for a time period of upto 30 mins; in 15 cm to 1 meter depth of water. The next time you start looking for a new phone and it has an IP rating, you will know exactly what it means.
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