Waterproof — or actually very water resistant — smartphones come in all shapes and sizes. Virgin Mobile’s first foray into hydrophilic Android phones comes in the form of the ZTE-made Reef.
The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean device is certified IPX7, which means that you can give it a good soaking in up to 3 feet of water (about a meter) for up to 30 minutes.
That’s a standard dunk time with other highly water-resistant phones like the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active and Sony Xperia Z.
Just keep in mind that the Reef is focused on water-protection alone, and isn’t specially certified for dust exposure, heat, cold, or other extremes.
As for the rest of the specs, the Reef is a decidedly simpler smartphone. Its 4-inch IPS LCD screen is on the smaller end of the spectrum, and so is its 1GHz processor, 5-megapixel camera with flash, 1-megapixel front-facing camera, and 720p HD video recording.
The Reef is also a 3G phone, so data speeds will be notably slower than its 4G counterpart in parent Sprint’s LTE markets.
The trade-off, as always, is price. Virgin Mobile sells the Reef off-contract for $149.99, starting today.Share on Facebook