When Google’s Pixel and the Pixel XL feature some exceptional specifications, there is one, unfortunately, absolute missing feature: Waterproofing.
Notably other premium smartphones like iPhone 7, Galaxy S7 etc. can survive an unexpected rainstorm without any problem, but the Pixel and the Pixel XL are just certified to bear a little amount of moisture and dust.
What is really meant by IP53?
The Pixel and the Pixel XL are certified to IP53 rating. IP stands for International Protection and often also called Ingress Protection, and the numbers after IP signifies how safeguarded a device is against interference by foreign things such as water and dust particles. 5, the first number signifies how safeguarded the product is against dust, whereas 3, the second number signifies how safeguarded the product is against water.
A rating of 5 means the Pixel is protected from dust. It is not completely sealed; although it is enough safeguarded that any dust which happens to get inside will not impact the performance of the device. In other words, the Pixel must continue to perform well even if you end up trapped in a sandstorm in the Sahara’s middle although it will receive some sand and dust inside it.
However, the dust rating is not the problem; the water rating is. A rating of 3 means the Pixel is just hardly waterproof. It must be capable of withstanding water falling as a spray of every angle up to 60 degrees from the vertical and it should pass a test which engages being sprayed for nearly 5 minutes. In other words, you will be good if you are caught in a little shower with any of these phones, but you must not go running in the rain with them. You can’t drop it in the toilet or sink and you must definitely not have it anywhere near a pool.