Worry less with these waterproof tech gadgets   

Anna Hecht
November 1, 2017

When exploring outdoors, the last thing you want to worry about is having to deal with any ... womp, womp ... water-damaged tech gadgets.  

While a water-logged iPhone or camera may previously have been the kiss of death, today's top tech brands have come up with impressive options for avoiding such a circumstance.  

As a result, everything from your mobile phone to your fitness tracker, tablets and Bluetooth speakers can withstand water exposure.  

For instance, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ phones are equipped with water-resistant technology so they can survive spills, splashes and submersion (in up to 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes) without requiring a protective case to keep them dry. 

As for the other water-resistant tech items on this list, we chose to include only the most functional, versatile and user-friendly options. 

With these, the struggle to save your soaked device by putting it in a bag of rice is a thing of the past. Keep scrolling to see our picks for waterproof items worth buying right now. 

Note: The prices below reflect the listed retailer's price on the date this article was published.   

1. FRESHeTECH ALL-Terrain Sound Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker ($39.95; amazon.com

We know you're an adventurer at heart — and this waterproof speaker was meant for the outdoors. To give you a better idea, this product's been called the "GoPro of speakers" and we couldn't agree more. 

With an industrial strength clip for portable toting and a supercharged battery, this tough little guy can be clipped to your bag for long-lasting jams. Anywhere. Anytime.   

  

2. Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ (starting at $724.99; samsung.com

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ offer water-resistant technology so that you can stress less about water damage — even when on the beach, in the shower or caught in the rain. In fact, these phones can actually withstand a dunking in up to 5 feet of water for 30 minutes.  

As far as its smartphone capabilities go, the Galaxy doesn't disappoint. With a highly advanced processor, both the S8 and S8+ are the most powerful phones on the market when it comes to speed and performance.   

Given the high-performance processor, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ run more efficiently, meaning longer lasting battery life. Not only that, these phones feature wireless charging. 

  

3. UE BOOM 2 BrainFreeze Wireless Mobile Bluetooth Speaker ($128.55, amazon.com)   

We're doubling up on wireless speakers because this Ultimate Ears Boom 2 Speaker is another excellent option. 

If you like a lot of bass behind your music, you'll love this speaker for its loud, 360-degree sound. And with a portable, waterproof and shockproof design, you can take it with you anywhere. 

The best part: It has Siri and Google Now voice integration so you can simply "say it to play it."  

  

4. Apple Watch Series 2 ($229; bestbuy.com)

We jumped for joy when Apple released the Series 2 of the Apple Watch. Basically, it has all the capabilities of a smartwatch and a fitness tracker.  

With a faster processor and a brighter display than previous models, the Series 2 has taken the already iconic Apple Watch to the next level.  

For all you fitness junkies, this watch has a built-in GPS, heart rate monitor, comprehensive workout app, and it's waterproof. That means you can swim, run, ride and sweat — all while wearing your watch.  

Now, you can also purchase the Apple Watch Series 3 ($329; macys.com) with exciting new updates to the Apple Watch you know and love.

  

5. Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats 3 ($179.99, bestbuy.com

These Beats by Dr. Dre Bluetooth headphones rock. They're your ticket to hands-free listening with all of the bass and jam-delivering performance you need to power through your workout or your morning commute. 

Available in several different colors and with four sizes of ear tip options, they're sure to offer an aesthetic and fit that suits you. And, of course, they're water-resistant, so no need to remove them when it rains or if you're a little sweaty.  

  

6. Garmin Forerunner 735XT ($399.99, amazon.com

The Garmin Forerunner 735XT is a fitness, sleep and 24/7 activity tracker made for those who're serious about their health. 

Of all the Garmin fitness watches, this model combines features from the very best trackers, so you can reach your fitness goals in a tech-savvy way. One of its best features, besides its long-lasting battery and lightweight fit, is that it's waterproof. 

So, triathletes and swimmers alike can track their progress in the pool.  

  

7. iPhone 7 (starting at $649.99; target.com)

This waterproof tech roundup would not be complete without the recent developments brought on by the iPhone 7. 

This powerful device offers a better camera, improved battery life, immersive stereo speakers and a brighter display. Not only that, but it's splash- and water-resistant, meaning you can brave the elements without having to stow it away. 

Now, you can purchase the updated iPhone 8 (prices may vary; bestbuy.com), which is also dust- and water-resistant.

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