Gadgets that can survive this monsoon
Monsoon season has finally arrived, and your existing device might be vulnerable to liquid which can turn them into a very expensive paperweight. But in recent years, manufacturers started to introduced waterproof gadgets which can not only provide protection from rains but also capable of taking a deep dive without destroying itself. So, here I will share you the list of my top picks for this monsoon season.
NOTE: The first thing to look out when purchasing waterproof gadgets is the IP ratings.
Apple iPhone XS Max
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 XS Max is IP67 certified, that means the devices are water and dust resistant. Apart from protection, Apple iPhone XS Max also supports 4G VoLTE out-of-the-box. Other specs include is a new A12 Bionic chipset along with 4GB of RAM. The dual camera setup comes with a 12-megapixel six element lens image sensor to capture insane shots above or underwater without worrying about getting it damaged.
Samsung Galaxy S10 & S10+
The Samsung Galaxy S10 is the biggest evolution from the previous Galaxy S9 lineup. Much like the previous Galaxy S-series device, the new Galaxy S10 & S10+ is IP68 certified dust and waterproof over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes. Specs-wise, the S10 and S10+ have 6.1 and 6.4-inch QHD+ (1440 x 3440 pixel) dynamic AMOLED screens respectively. Both the device features an infinity-O display and bezel-less design to give the phone a striking look. The Galaxy S10 series also offers a secured on-screen ultrasonic fingerprint sensor as well as facial recognition. The Galaxy S10 series feature Exynos 9820 Octa processors along with 8GB of RAM and up to 1TB internal storage capacity which can be further expanded via microSD card slot.
Google Pixel 3 XL
If the iPhone XS Max is too expensive for you, the best Android alternative that can withstand the rain is the Google Pixel 3 XL. Google is one of the few companies that offers IP68 certification on its flagship devices. Hence, the latest Pixel 3 XL flagship is dustproof and water resistant. There’s no doubt that the Pixel XL 3 is a solid flagship smartphone from Google with the IP68 rating. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 845 SoC coupled with 4GB RAM and 64/128 GB internal memory. Also, it can capture great shots even underwater.
Samsung Galaxy Watch
Looking out for a new smartwatch that can take a splash of water without dying. Samsung Galaxy Watch is one of the best smartwatches out there in the market that is IP68 rated dust-and-waterproof protection. There is two variant of Samsung Galaxy Watch: 42mm and 46mm. Both houses circular AMOLED displays with Gorilla Glass protection, 22mm straps and there’s a rotating bezel. It runs Tizen Based Wearable Platform 4.0 on 768MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. It supports Bluetooth 4.2, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and NFC. There is an array of sensors including accelerometer, gyro, barometer, HRM and ambient light. All powered by a 472 mAh battery which can be charged wirelessly.
Apple Watch series 4
Apple Watch series 4 has claimed water resistance of 50 meters or about 160 feet. Apple Watch series 4 has brought a lot of the upgrades over its predecessor, Apple Watch series 4 got a new bezel-less display and ECG to track heart’s electrical pulses. Apple has improved its Watch OS which radically improves the functionality of the device. Taking a look at the design, the Apple Watch series 4 is simple: the curved edges, the quality of the spinning digital crown on the side of the Watch all feel premium. On the underside of the Apple Watch series 4 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.
Ultimate Ears Boom 3
I always wanted the best Bluetooth speaker that I can not only provide me with the best sound but also protect it from water and dust when I take her outside. To my luck, I found the UE Boom 3 Bluetooth speaker. The speaker boasts a serious, rugged design, with impressive sound and awesome battery life. It offers comprehensive connectivity and wide format compatibility. Even UE Boom 3 gets an improved app and support for more services. The UE Boom 3 is literally built like a tank and handles drop without affecting music playing perfromance. Seriously, this speaker is waterproof, drop proof, dustproof and also floats in water. The speaker has an excellent build quality and also features a 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 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 is 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 uses Bluetooth 4.0 Low energy profile to provide maximum battery life. It provides 20 hours before you need to charge back.
Skullcandy Method Wireless Sport earphones
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 neckband. The wire can tucked away in the neckband 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 sports 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.
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 micro USB port, so if you own an Android smartphone, you won’t have to worry about carrying an extra charger. The SRS-XB40 is large and powerful enough to allow its users to host their own party outdoors. It also has a party light that is tuned to the beat. The Sony SRS-XB40 has an IPX5 waterproof rating, which allows it to survive spilt drinks and the elements. A massive 5,400 mAh battery allows people to charge their favourite mobile devices via a full USB port.
GoPro Hero 7 Black
GoPro is a sport and action camera. The new GoPro Hero7 Black is a waterproof camera and do not need any separate housing. This is also an 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 40 meters. 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 Hero7 Black one of the best waterproof action camera in the world.