When Samsung announced the Galaxy S8 (and larger S8 Plus) with waterproof levels that satisfy the IP68 standard, no one was surprised. That’s because its previous Galaxy S7 series was splash-friendly, too, and many of its competitors have high-end, water-resistant phones, like the LG G6, Apple’s iPhone 7s and Sony’s Xperia phones.
With so many companies diving into this feature, waterproofing may soon become an industry standard, and gone forever are the days that mere water-resistant coatings and seals were exclusive to bulky, rugged phones. Instead, it may be soon come down to how much more protected one device is over another. (Get a deeper dive on IP ratings and what they mean for waterproof gadgets.)
If your phone can’t take a dip in a pool, companies such as P21 and HzO make coatings that go way beyond the military spec for 30 minutes and three feet of water — in fact, way back at MWC 2014, we saw a treated handset submerged for an hour and a half.
Until every phone is water-friendly, we’re looking forward to the day we can all go to the beach, pool parties, rafting trips and water parks without fearing for our handsets (or triple-wrapping them in plastic baggies). In the meantime, here are five splash-sustaining phones that have impressed us in addition to the new Galaxy S8s.
Editors’ note: This post updates whenever swim-friendly phones surface. It was originally published August 6, 2013.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus
Samsung is sticking with waterproofing with its latest S8 and S8 Plus. But aside from being pool-friendly, the phones feature a new digital assistant, Bixby, the latest Snapdragon 835 chipset from Qualcomm and facial unlocking. Read the Galaxy S8 hands-on.
Some may be bummed that the G6’s waterproofing comes hand-in-hand with a nonremovable battery. But LG hopes that its slight bump in capacity (to 3,300mAh) and wireless charging feature (for US customers) will offset any disadvantages. Plus, it has two rear cameras, Google Assistant and a tall 5.7-inch display. Read the G6 review.
Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
Other than satisfying an IP67 rating (which means they can survive a 3-foot dunk — or 1 meter — underwater) the iPhone 7s feature stereo speakers, iOS 10 and a new jet black color option. The larger iPhone 7 Plus also has two cameras on the back. Unfortunately, neither devices have headphone jacks (much to some people’s dismay). Read the iPhone 7 review.
The Xperia XZ features a 23-megapixel camera, a Snapdragon 820 processor and a 5.2-inch full HD display. It’s the latest handset from Sony’s X range that is water- and dust-proof. Because it satisfies IP68 standards, you can splash around the pool with it, and leave it submerged in up to 5 feet (or about 1.5 meters) of water for 30 minutes. Read the Xperia XZ review.
Motorola Moto G4 and G4 Plus
Though Lenovo ditched full water resistance for its latest, metal-clad Moto G5 (that phone is “splash friendly” but you shouldn’t dunk it underwater), last year’s Moto G4 and G4 Plus can take a dive without any problems. The G4 Plus has a beefed-up camera (16-megapixel compared with the G4’s 13-megapixel) and a fingerprint reader, but both feature 5.5-inch displays and eight-core processors. Read the Moto G4 review.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Active
In addition to last year’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, Samsung released the more durable Galaxy S7 Active. Initially, it ran into some rough waters when we tested its waterproof claims. But Samsung said it shored up its flaws and fixed the problem. Aside from this saga, the phone also has one of the longest life batteries for a handset. Read the Galaxy S7 Active review.
This article also appears in Spanish. Read: 5 teléfonos resistentes al agua para este verano