6 splash-resistant phones you'll want right now

Apple's iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are the latest high-end handsets to dive into water resistance, but there are plenty of others that boast the same feature.


The wait is finally over -- Apple has finally made its flagship phones, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, water resistant. The tech giant is not the first to do this, however. Splash-friendly phones have existed for years, like Samsung's popular Galaxy S7 marquee handset and Sony's Xperia phones. But now that Apple has dived in (excuse the pun), water proofing may soon become an industry standard, and gone forever are the days that water-resistant coatings and seals were exclusive to bulky rugged phones.

Companies such as P21 and HzO are working on coatings that go way beyond the military spec for 30 minutes and three feet of water -- in fact, way back at Mobile World Congress 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 other splash-sustaining phones that have impressed us in addition to the new iPhone 7s.

Editors' note: This post updates whenever swim-friendly phones surface. It was originally published August 6, 2013.


The iPhone 7s represent Apple's first attempt at waterproof handsets.

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Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

Other than satisfying an IP67 rating (which means they can survive a 3-foot dunk -- or one meter -- underwater) the new iPhone 7s feature stereo speakers, iOS 10 and no headphone jack (much to some people's dismay). The devices also come in a new color: jet black. Read the full hands-on.


The Galaxy S7 Active is waterproof and drop-proof from 5 feet.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Active

Initially, the Galaxy S7 Active ran into some rough waters when we tested its waterproof claims. But Samsung has said it has shored up its flaws and managed to fix the problem. Aside from this saga, the phone also has one of the best battery life for a handset and a durable construction. Read the full review.


The Xperia XZ's metal build can still withstand water.

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Sony Xperia XZ

The Xperia XZ features a 23-megapixel camera, a Snapdragon 820 processor and a 5.2-inch full HD display. It's also the latest handset from Sony's X range that is water- and dustproof. 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 full hands-on.


Motorola's updated its affordable G series with two water-friendly phones.

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Motorola Moto G4 and G4 Plus

Motorola's family of midtier handsets is great for budget-conscious buyers looking for a reliable and well designed phone. This year's Moto G4 and G4 Plus are no exception, and in addition to featuring a 5.5-inch display and an eight-core processor, they're water resistant, too. The G4 Plus also has a beefed-up camera (16-megapixel compared with the G4's 13-megapixel) and a fingerprint reader. Read the full hands-on.


Like the Galaxy S7 Active, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are water resistant. They're not, however, rugged.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

If you're not feeling the Galaxy S7 Active's durable look, the sleeker S7 Edge and S7 may be what you're looking for. Though they're not as rough-and-tumble as the Active, they're both beautifully designed, and the S7 Edge has a display that curves down on its left and right edges. Plus, they still retain all that watery goodness so you'll have peace of mind if this ever happens to you. Read the full review.

The generously sized DuraForce XD has a 5.7-inch display.

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Kyocera DuraForce XD

Looking for something with a big screen that's inexpensive and splash resistant? The DuraForce XD is an expansive phone that is affordable and durable. Its dust- and shockproof, can withstand extreme cold and hot temperatures, and you can dunk it in up to 6 feet (about 2 meters) for 30 minutes. Oh and its 5.7-inch display makes it big and brawny. Read the full hands-on

This article also appears in Spanish. Read: 5 teléfonos resistentes al agua para este verano