Even though we’re more than halfway through August, and the advertisements for Labor Day and back-to-school sales are growing increasingly difficult to escape, that doesn’t mean that fun in the sun, and the water, is over. One thing that can throw a wrench in a leisurely vacation, however, is damaging your phone, speakers or other pricey electronic devices in the water. It starts as just a fun push into the pool, and for many people ends with an expensive, unplanned purchase of a new device.
Luckily, though cell phone manufacturers and other electronics companies are doing their best to make sure their products can go with you, even to the depths of the sea. This summer we saw an emergence of more and more water resistant and waterproof technology. Here is a wrap-up of some of the hottest technologies that keep their cool under water.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5
Remember those disposable waterproof cameras that you used to purchase at your local pharmacy? And how the pictures always came out like you were in a cloud? The Panasonic Lumix DMC TS5is nothing like that. This rugged camera is waterproof, dustproof, shockproof and freeze proof, so it has you covered no matter where your travels might take you. Weighing in at just under a half pound, the 16.1-megapixel camera with a 4.6x optical zoom snaps great images of your adventures, and can be used as deep as 43 feet.
Samsung Galaxy S5
Seeing as we take our phones nearly everywhere, from the beach to the gym to the kitchen and the bathroom, there are a lot of reasons to spring for a waterproof device. The Samsung Galaxy S5, which is currently on sale and available at T-Mobile for $0 down, has an IP67 certification to resist sweat, rain, liquids, sand and dust. The best part is that Samsung didn’t have to cut corners on design or features in order to accomplish its waterproof feat. It has a 5.1-inch HD display, a 16-megapixel camera and a number of other features, including a fingerprint sensor, heart rate sensor and two internal Wi-Fi antennas to double the connection and accelerate the speed of your Wi-Fi.
Want to go white water rafting while listening to your favorite music? No problem. The Fugoo Tough is not only waterproof, but it is also crush-proof, so it can withstand your wildest adventures. It features 360-degree speakers, 40 hours of battery life and is integrated with Siri and Google Now. And, most importantly, the speaker delivers crisp, clear and loud sound.
Sony Walkman Sports MP3 Player
Traditional earphones just don’t stand up to the sweat that summer heat can bring along, and they can prevent you from bringing your tunes along for watersports like surfing, paddle boarding and more. The Sony Walkman Sports MP3 player changes all of that. This wireless, hands-free device can be taken underwater up to 6 feet and can last for up to eight hours of uninterrupted play. You can also drag and drop MP3s onto the device from a number of music services, so you never have to worry about growing tired of your playlist.
The Pebble Steel
Even in the dog days of summer, someone has to keep track of the time. The Pebble Steel smartwatch has a 5ATM waterproof rating, meaning it can withstand up to 50 meters of water, and according to the company you can “swim, run in the rain, and wash dishes” with the device. Pebble Steel works with Android and iOS operating systems to deliver you notifications, phone calls and apps all on your wrist, whether you’re dry on your lounge chair or cooling off in the pool.
If you plan on spending the last few weeks of summer splashing around in a pool or seeking adventures outdoors, be sure to arm yourself with these waterproof devices.
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