The first thing to look out when purchasing waterproof gadgets is the IP ratings.
Monsoon season has finally arrived, and your existing device might be vulnerable to liquid which can turn them into very expensive paper weight. But in the recent years, manufactures started to introduced waterproof gadgets which can not only provide protection from rains, but also capable to taking a deep dive without destroying itself. So, here i will share you the list of my top picks for this monsoon season.
Apple iPhone 7 & 7 Plus
Looking for a new premium smartphone that can survive this monsoon? iPhone should probably the first in the list. If you buy an iPhone, you won’t have to worry next time someone spills water on it. Apple iPhone 7 & 7 Plus is IP67 certified, that means both the device are water and dust resistant. This was possible only by removing headphone jack which was the biggest culprit for letting the water in. Apart from protection, Apple iPhones 7 & 7 Plus also support 4G VoLTE out-of-the-box. Other specs include is a new A10 Fusion chipset along with 2GB of RAM. The bigger iPhone 7 Plus uses the same A10 Fusion chipset but gets 3GB of RAM. Another added feature on iPhone 7 Plus is the dual camera setup with 12-megapixel six element lens image sensor. Both iPhone 7 & 7 Plus has a 7-megapixel front camera for selfie and video calling.
Cat S60 is the world’s first smartphone with an integrated thermal camera. The Cat S60 can go to depths of up to 5 meters for 1 hour. The Cat S60 is IP68 certified which makes it dustproof, shockproof, waterproof and MIL-SPEC 810G certified, making it the perfect companion to those living even the most rugged of lifestyles. The Cat S60 sports 4.7-inch HD display covered with a Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection that register touch with wet hands and will be controlled using gloves as well. The device has a dedicated SOS button, which sends out location coordinates message to pre-programed contacts in case of an emergency.
Sony Xperia XZs
If the iPhone 7 Plus is too expensive for you, the best Android alternative that can withstand the rain is the Sony Xperia XZs. Sony is one of the few companies that offers IP68 certification on its flagship devices. Hence, the latest Xperia XZs flagship is dustproof and water resistant. There’s no doubt that the Xperia XZs is a solid flagship smartphone from Sony with IP68 rating. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 820 SoC coupled with 3GB RAM and 32/64 GB internal memory. Xperia XZs is powered with the World’s first Motion Eye camera that comes with a built-in memory within an image sensor. Also it can capture super slow motion at the recording speed of 960 frames per second.
Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8+
The Samsung Galaxy S8 are the biggest evolution from the previous Galaxy S7 lineup. Much like the previous Galaxy S-series device, the new Galaxy S8 & S8+ is IP68 certified dust and water proof over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes. Specs-wise, the S8 and S8+ have 5.8 and 6.2-inch QHD (1440 x 2950 pixel) AMOLED screens respectively. Both the device features infinity display and bezel-less design to give the phone a striking look. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ also offer a choice of biometric technologies including a fingerprint scanner and facial recognition. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ features Exynos 8895 Octa processors along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage capacity which can be further expanded via microSD card slot. S8 sports 12 MP rear camera and 8MP front camera. The phones come with 3,000 mAh and 3,500 mAh batteries respectively, and both are running Android Nougat 7.0 out of the box.
Samsung Gear S3
Looking out for a new smartwatch that can take a splash of water without dying. Samsung Galaxy S3 is one of the best smartwatch out there in the market that is IP68 rated dust-and-waterproof protection. There are two variant of Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch: Classic and the Frontier. Both houses 1.3-inch(360×360, 278 ppi) circular AMOLED displays with Gorilla Glass SR+- protection, 22mm straps, and 46mm casings, and there’s a rotating bezel. It runs Tizen Based Wearable Platform 2.3.2 on 768MB of RAM and 4GB of storage, and both Classic and Frontier support Bluetooth 4.2, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, NFC, MST, GPS and GLONASS. Only the Frontier comes with optional 3G/LTE. An array of sensors including accelerometer, gyro, barometer, HRM and ambient light. All powered by a 380 mAh battery which can be charged wirelessly.
Apple Watch 2
Apple Watch 2 has claimed water resistance of 50 meters or about 160 feet. Apple Watch 2 has brought a lot of the upgrades over its predecessor, Watch 2 got a new water-resistant design, a GPS chip on board for tracking your runs, a swim tracker and a much faster processor. Apple has improved its Watch OS which radically improves the functionality of the device. Taking a look at the design, the Apple Watch 2 is simple: it’s the same as the previous version. The curved edges, the quality of the spinning digital crown on the side of the Watch all feel premium. Apple Watch 2 has the same 1.65-inch display with the 390 x 312 OLED display. On the underside of the Watch 2 is the heart rate monitor, a group of four LEDs that pulse light below your skin to work out how fast your heart is pumping.
GoPRo Hero 5 Black
GoPro is a sport and action camera. The new GoPro Hero5 Black is a waterproof camera without a housing. So you do not need any separate housing. This is also a award-winning camera with great features that can attract all professional action and sports videographers. This particular action camera can give you the opportunity to enjoy your underwater photography up to 33 feets. It has incredible features such as Ultra-HD 4K video recording, Touch screen, easy voice control, super portability and hang-me-anywhere nature make the Hero5 Black one of the best waterproof action camera in the world.
Altec Lansing Life Jacket 2
I always wanted a best bluetooth speaker that i can not only provide me with a best sound, but also protect it from water and dust when i take her outside. To my luck i found the Altec Lansing Life Jacket 2 bluetooth speaker. The Altec Lansing Life Jacket 2 boasts a serious, rugged design, with impressive sound and awesome battery life. It offers comprehensive connectivity and wide format compatibility. Even Altec Lansing 2 gets an improved app and support for more services. The Altec Lansing 2 is literally built like a tank with two layers of rubber protection and a very solid plastic that can protect from anything. Seriously, this speaker is waterproof, sandproof, snowproof, dustproof and also floats in water. The speaker has an excellent build quality and also features mounting clip to hang it in your bike or your tripod.
Altec Lansing MZX856 Bluetooth Active Earbuds
A wireless earbud that floats? Yes, you read that right. You can play any water sport, go swimming and be the Michael Phelps if you want to be with these earbuds! They can literally do magic underwater. HD quality audio also ensures that you never miss out on a beat. The headset is made up of plastic housing and has a two-part silicone ear tip which are patented by free bit concept which gives a best secure fit. The cables are flat tangle free and also comes with night reflector for night visibility for those who are active. Connectivity-wise, it use Bluetooth 4.0 Low energy profile to provide maximum battery life. It provides 20 hours before you need to charge back.
The Sony SRS-XB40 is an excellent waterproof speaker with high-quality sound. Its battery life is also among the best in its class — up to a barely believable 40 hours on a single charge. The battery takes its charge from a standard microUSB port, so if you own an Android smartphone, you won’t have to worry about carrying an extra charger. The SRSXB40 is large and powerful enough to allow its users to host their own party outdoors. It also has a party lights that is tune to the beat. The Sony SRS-XB40 has a IPX5 waterproof rating, which allows it to survive spilled drinks and the elements. A massive 5,400 mAh battery allows people to charge their favorite mobile devices via a full USB port.
Altec Lansing Life Jacket 2
Skullcandy method Wireless geared towards those who are more sport oriented or those simply wanting water resistance for peace of mind. The physical quality is durable and flexible with a rubberized coating for the neck band. The wire can tucked away in the neck band itself to shorten the cables to protect when they are in transport. The headset is super lightweight and stable while performing activities. Skullcandy Method is a sport headset, therefore they are sweat resistant and also can be protected from rains in the monsoon. The skullcandy claims the battery life to be up to 9 hours at full use at 50% volume. To charge up, the battery takes 2 hours to fully charge.