The festival of colors, water balloons and pichkaris is here! With all the holi mix tapes and bhaang ingredients being prepared, people tend to forget about their smartphones and the harm they are exposed to on Holi. As much as we love the festival, our smartphones are sensitive to wear and tear as we go all carefree with water colors. Using zip-lock pouches, waterproof cases, smartskin condoms and nano-coating spray are handy tips and tricks for all smartphone user, but if you want to be absolutely carefree during Holi this year, we’d recommend you to invest in one these five smartphones that can easily survive the festival.
Motorola Moto G (2015) (priced at Rs 12,999)
The Moto G (2015) does not really have waterproof certification, but it is nano-coated. This means that the Moto G can handle the pichkari sprays and water balloon hits – it can afford to get a little wet. However, keeping it in your soaked pockets for long wouldn’t be such a good idea.
The new Moto G flaunts a 5-inch HD (1280×720 pixels) display with Gorilla Glass protection, and is powered by a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor paired with 1GB of RAM. The smartphone also features an 8-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 16GB internal storage, microSD card slot, and a 2,070mAh battery. Connectivity options include dual-SIM card slots, 3G support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and on the software front it runs on Android Lollipop.
Samsung Galaxy S5 (priced at Rs 28,999)
The device is absolutely Holi-proof as it has got an IP67 certification, which means that the device is dust and water resistant, and can survive under a meter of water for 30 minutes. The Galaxy S5 flaunts a 5.1-inch full HD Super AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, is powered by an Exynos 5 octa-core SoC with 1.9GHz A15 quad-core and 1.3GHz A7 quad-core processors coupled with 2GB of RAM.
It also includes 16GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, 16-megapixel rear camera, 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 2,800mAh battery. On the connectivity front, it also has an LTE variant, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and IR Blaster. On the software front, it runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat wrapped under Samsung’s new TouchWiz UI.
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact (priced at Rs 39,990)
This one has an IP68 certification, which again means that it is dust proof and is water resistant over one meter underwater for 30 minutes. As far as specifications are concerned, the Xperia Z3 Compact flaunts a 4.6-inch HD 720p display, is powered by a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM.
The smartphone has 16GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 128GB via microSD. As for the camera, it sports 20.7-megapixel rear and 2.2-megapixel front-facing shooters. However, there are new additions to camera features like Face In, Multi-camera and Sound Photo among others. The device houses a 2,600mAh battery and runs on Android KitKat. Connectivity options include Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi, and 3G.
HTC One (M8) (priced at Rs 43,500)
Even though HTC does not claim that the One (M8) is waterproof, several reports say a different story. The One (M8) has come out of several water tests with flying colors. Its water resistant abilities are attributed to its compact built, which allows the One (M8) to resist water ingress to an extent, but that doesn’t mean it was designed to do so. After these reports started to fly, HTC’s Jeff Gordon explained on Twitter that the One (M8) actually does have an IP rating of IPx3.
The HTC One (M8) IPx3 rating means it’s protected from water spray up to 60 degrees at 10l per minute, pressure of 80-100kN/m2 up to 5 mins.
— Jeff Gordon (@urbanstrata) March 26, 2014
To recap on the specifications, the One (M8) flaunts a 5-inch 1080p display with pixel density of 441ppi and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It is powered by a Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor clocked at 2.5GHz and paired with Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM. Also included, is 16GB internal storage that can be expanded to up to 128GB using a microSD card.
The talking point of the One (M8) is the Duo Camera at the back, which is essentially a 4-UltraPixel primary camera with dual-LED flash and another module, which works as a depth sensor. For selfies, the phone sports a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with BSI sensor and f/2.0 aperture for a better photography experience. Connectivity options include 4G-LTE support on 2,300MHz band, which works in India, 3G support, NFC, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS.
Sony Xperia Z3 (Priced at Rs 44,990)
A perfect Holi smartphone, the Sony Xperia Z3 has IP68 certification that makes it resistant to dust and water. You can safely submerge the smartphone up to one meter for a period of 30 minutes.
Specification wise, it flaunts a 5.2-inch full HD 1080p display, is powered by a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor paired with 3GB of RAM. Also featured are 20.7-megapixel rear camera, 2.2-megapixel front-facing camera, runs on Android 4.4 KitKat, 16GB internal memory, microSD card support, and a 3,100mAh battery, which the company claims is good enough to last two days on a single charge. Connectivity options include LTE support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, and GPS.
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