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#119243 25-May-2013 20:24
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Looking for a cheap, as in im going to get a second hand one water resistance android phone. the only one i can think of that is old and will now be cheap is a defy, is there any others i could be looking at?

Reason i want one is not for phone but more for use of android apps in wet conditions.

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Dangerous Chocolate
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  #825378 25-May-2013 21:34
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Samsung Galaxy X-Cover is supposed to be water and dust resistant, might suit your purposes ...


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  #825383 25-May-2013 21:51
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I used to have two phones. One for 'wet/tough' condition and a powerful one with big screen for regular use. Now, Sony offered one phone that suits me well - Sony Xperia Z. I love this phone so much!

My other recommendations:

CAT B15 tough

Sony Xperia Go

Samsung Xcover 2 (2nd gen)


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  #827581 29-May-2013 10:46
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How wet are "wet conditions"? I went to a Telecom-sponsored outdoor winter event last year and they gave away smartphone-sized ziplock plastic bags, which actually worked OK for me... 

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  #828068 29-May-2013 23:42
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I'd pick Sony to be the leaders of reasonably priced waterproof phones. I doused my Xperia tablet in water when my friend didn't believe it was waterproof and I convinced another friend to run his three day old Xperia Z under the tap without a problem and they have no trouble picking up wet fingers. I'd probably try and source a cheap Xperia Active if I was you. You shouldn't pay anything more than $200 and I've had a play and was rather impressed with how well it ran and how many features it had.

Techday review here.

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  #828127 30-May-2013 08:31
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Dick Smith have been selling off old stock Motorola Defy (amongst others) smartphones for next to nothing recently.

From memory the Defy was about $80.00 or thereabouts...My kids got very excited, until I reminded them that a phone still needs to be paid for to work (i.e. SIM card and airtime etc)...

Might be wortha look...

Handsome Dan Has Spoken.
Handsome Dan is also still somewhat perplexed...

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  #828160 30-May-2013 09:49
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andrew027: How wet are "wet conditions"? I went to a Telecom-sponsored outdoor winter event last year and they gave away smartphone-sized ziplock plastic bags, which actually worked OK for me... 

I have used this in the past with great results.

I took a standard Glad zip lock bag and have used it to control my Lumia 710 in the shower.  The plastic "stuck" to the screen allowing me to read and control the touch part perfectly fine.  I have also used it when going for a run at night when it is raining (I use Map My Fitness to track my running)

Way cheaper than purchasing a new phone, and works really well.

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