Let's face it, many of us have either lost, or nearly lost, a handset because of an accidental dunk in the pool or a tumble on the sidewalk. To make sure you can avoid this next time, CNET rounded up some favorite waterproof or rugged devices that'll let you take on the outdoors (or the next pool party) with a little bit more ease.
Let's begin with the Samsung Rugby 3 from AT&T. Though its call quality was unimpressive, this compact feature phone is waterproof and tough. It also has a comfortable, responsive key pad and push-to-talk capabilities.
Editors' note: This slideshow was originally published on February 13, 2013, and was updated on April 3, 2013, with additional devices.
The Sony Xperia Z is a handset that impressed us last January during CES 2013. Sleek and sophisticated, the Xperia Z shows us that you don't have to be a clunky handset to be waterproof (though they do exist and you'll see some on this list that we like). It also packs a zippy 1.5GHz quad-core S4 Pro processor, a 13-megapixel camera, and a vivid 5-inch screen.
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The Kyocera Torque is a hybrid of Kyocera's Dura Series of rugged phones and a touch-screen handset. Its size is comparable to phones already suited up in LifeProof or OtterBox cases, plus it has 4G LTE, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and Android 4.0.
Yet another flip phone makes the list, this time with U.S. Cellular's Kyocera DuraPro. It's nearly identical to Sprint's DuraXT, but lacks the push-to-talk feature. However, it still contains solid call quality, a decent 3.2-megapixel camera, and that rugged construction.
If you dig the idea of waterproofing but are looking for something more budget-friendly, then the Kyocera Hydro is worth considering. Available contract-free from Boost Mobile and Cricket Wireless, the Hydro is a midlevel Android 4.0 handset that's splash-proof and has a current price tag of just $79.99.
Didn't we tell you the next phone would be tough? The Sonim XP Strike from Sprint isn't the best-looking handset on the block, and good luck trying to look cool whipping it out in dance clubs. Then again, the XP Strike wasn't designed for your daily routine. Dustproof, shock-resistant, and waterproof, the device is best suited for field operators and ultrarough environments.
I know we said this list was about phones, but I just had to make some room for tablets (if you're upset about this, I'm sorry). Announced at MWC 2013, the Xperia Tablet Z is a 10-inch waterproof tablet that can be submerged in up to 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes (a step up from its mere "splash-proof" predecessor). It also has a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor, Android Jelly Bean, and an 8-megapixel camera.
If you can't wait for the Xperia Z Tablet to come out in spring, you can get the Pantech Element instead. Available now, this is an 8-inch tablet we're definitely comfortable letting kids use. From exploding juice boxes to craft hour, the Element's water resistance also keeps it childproof.