Best Waterproof Gadgets for Summer

From tablets to cameras, it's all about tech that takes the plunge.

TECH  |  June 12, 2014By John Sciarrino
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Samsung Galaxy S5
It’s not like you’re actually going to use your phone underwater, but summer is here and your friends are jackasses and there’s a better than decent chance you're going to get pushed into a pool at some point. The Galaxy S5 is a great phone overall, but where it really blows away the competition is in the drink. It's completely waterproof, making it ideal for talkative fishermen, SCUBA divers who need to check their email, and anyone who intends to go to a pool party.

 


Sony Cybershot DSC-TX30
Sony’s Cybershot point-and-shoot cameras have always delivered excellent image quality thanks to their Carl Zeiss lens systems. The new, amphibious Cybershot TX30 features that same imaging system, which pumps out 18 megapixels and offers a wide range of shutter speeds and f-stops to help you take pictures in all environments. And this camera isn't just for taking glamor portraits of your goldfish, its also shockproof, dustproof, and windproof, making it a great choice for travelers.



GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition with Dive Housing
Sometimes you have to compromise. Because underwater video cameras are largely underwhelming, it makes more sense to  buy a GoPro Hero3+ and a Dive Housing case than any integrated solution on the market. Even inside its housing, the Hero3+ is streamlined, sturdy, and remarkably sharp. The 4K ultra-resolution means that the seaweed is always greener.

 



Rolex Submariner Watch
Sure, we could have gone with something digital, something that was crafted in Japan instead of landlocked Switzerland, or something that didn’t have a century worth of tradition behind it. That would have been a mistake. Rolex has been doing waterproof almost as long as they’ve been doing watches and you can’t argue with expertise like that. The dive watch that made dive watches cool is a classic even if you never take it swimming.

 



Fugoo Sport Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
Your phone is with you at all times and that means your music is too. Enter the Fugoo Sport, a wireless Bluetooth speaker that can stand up to H20, whether you’re at the beach or in the shower. The Fugoo’s 40 hour battery life means you can chill in the water with music until you’re as wrinkled as a nursing home patient.

 



BlueAnt PUMP HD Wireless Bluetooth Waterproof Headphones
We don’t recommend listening to music while scuba diving – we need our wits about us in the ocean. But if all you want to do is swim laps, this is a great way to bring tunes into the water. We highly recommend listening to AC/DC while swimming. Sounds strange but you'll finish your laps in half the time.  

 



Leef Magnet USB 3.0 64GB Flash Drive
We’ve reached a point in technological history where we can carry more info on a keychain than we can put in a storage unit. The flipside of progress, unfortunately, is that we can also lose all that info in a flash if said keychain slips into a puddle or pool. Enter the Leef flash drive. The PrimeGrade memory in this small wonder is waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof, so, basically, you can go out on an all-night bender, take a dip in a hot tub fully clothed, or even fall off a too-high ledge, and your info will be A-OK even if you aren't.



Xperia Tablet Z2
The only thing the Z2 tablet is missing is a pool float for you to sit on while watching Netflix. Yes, we were hard-pressed to think of reasons you’d need your tablet to be waterproof, but then we found out that some folks are actually putting their iPads in a Ziploc freezer bag so they can bring them into a shower to watch God-knows-what. Its quad-core processors allow the Z2 to handle high-def video without a hiccup. Waterproof means you can boldly bring it anywhere, including that dive bar, without hesitation.

 



Northface Waterproof Daypack
So you looked at all these waterproof, rugged pieces of tech and thought to yourself, “Nah, I like all the gadgets I already have.” No problem. Take your current array of mobile gear and toss it in this daypack to keep it all safe and dry. Just don’t open the bag under water. We lost like six beepers that way back in 1999.