With new smartphone models becoming more and more impressive with each release, manufacturers are now keen to demonstrate just how durable their devices are. Waterproof mobile phones are nothing new, but recently released devices like the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active and Sony Xperia Z offer a new level of durability with official waterproof and dust proof specifications.
The Sony Xperia Z is perhaps the best known high end smartphone with dust proof and waterproof attributes, but this feature is also shared with its midrange Xperia V counterpart. Like the Xperia Z, the Sony Xperia V is IP55/IP57 compliant, meaning it has been tested and certified to be submerged in up to one metre of water for half an hour without sustaining any damage. However, a recent report by Xperia Blog shows that the handset can withstand much more punishment than its certifications would suggest.
The website has reported on a news story from Taiwan, where a Sony Xperia V owner accidentally dropped his handset into the sea whilst filming video footage. Of course, he assumed that he had lost the phone for good, but as luck would have it the handset was found snorkellers four days later, who then contacted the owner to return the phone.
Amazingly, the handset was still in full working order, and because the phone was filming video at the time it manage to capture 30 minutes of footage from the bottom of the sea, with impressively clear video and sound capture. The website has also posted a YouTube video of the footage captured by the phone.
While this is an extreme case, it certainly shows that the water proof models in the Sony Xperia range are capable of withstanding a lot of punishment without being damaged. Although the phone’s owner was lucky to have it returned, it should certainly provide peace of mind that these phones are very reliable when it comes to their waterproof certifications.