These Waterproof Smartphones Can Be Submerged In Up to 7 Feet of Water

Water got you worried? Consider one of these water-resistant or waterproof smartphones that won't break when they get wet.

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Some say electronics and water don't mix, but that's not the case with these waterproof smartphones. They're covered with a water-resistant coating that protects them against rain, sweat, spills, or a tumble in a puddle. Their water resistance is categorized with a rating determined by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

The most common ratings you'll come across are IP67 and IP68. Smartphones with an IP67 rating are fully protected from dust and can withstand being submerged in 3.3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. IP68 means the phones can be submerged in 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes.

Most manufacturers claim their devices are either water-resistant or waterproof. Water-resistant means the smartphones can survive small splashes of water, rain, sweat, a drop in the snow, or a spill. Waterproof means the phone will be fine if it's completely submerged or soaked, so it'll be fine if you accidentally drop it in the pool, toilet, or your drink. You can get your waterproof phone wet from the shower, sink, or bathtub, too.

It's important to note that waterproof and water-resistant smartphones don't bode well in saltwater. They also shouldn't be used in saunas, steam rooms, or hot tubs, because higher temperatures can damage your device. You should also avoid pressing buttons on your devices while they're underwater, because it could lead to unwanted water entering the casing. Be sure to wait for your smartphone to be completely dry before charging it.

Please note that the prices for these phones are for contract-free devices. When shopping for a factory-unlocked smartphone, check carefully to ensure that it's compatible with your wireless carrier. Most devices will work with AT&T and T-Mobile, but not necessarily with Verizon and Sprint.

1 Apple iPhone XS
Apple
apple.com $1,099.00

The water-resistance rating of the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max has been upgraded to IP68 (from IP67 in the iPhone X). It enables the phones to survive up to half an hour in 2 meters of water (almost 7 feet), as well as spills from your favorite hot and cold beverages.

Compared to their predecessors, the new iPhones feature improved camera sensors, a newer and significantly faster processor, and are made with more durable glass. During our tests with the iPhone Xs and Xs Max, we found that the devices offer an intuitive user experience, exceptional battery life, and the most powerful processors in the business.

Apart from the size, the Xs and the Xs Max are identical. The iPhone Xs Max has a 6.5-inch screen compared to the iPhone Xs' 5.8-inch screen. If you are a power user who watches lots of videos, we think you'll like the larger screen.

More: Our Full Review of the All-New iPhone Xs

2 Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+
Samsung

Samsung Galaxy S9 from $719.99 BUY NOW

Samsung Galaxy S9+ from $839.99 BUY NOW

Samsung’s latest iteration of the Galaxy series has updated hardware over its predecessors, headlined by a more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, an increase in RAM, and stereo speakers. You have the choice of a 6.2- or 5.8-inch bezel-less Infinity display. The larger model features dual 12 MP camera sensors, a larger battery, and 6 GB of RAM, while the smaller S9 just has a single sensor and 4 GB of RAM.

Both smartphones feature a IP68-rated waterproof body, expandable storage, and wireless charging. The new models feature a standard audio jack and come bundled with a nice pair of wired earbuds by AKG.

Related: More of Our Thoughts On Samsung's Latest S9 Smartphones

3 Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL
Google

Google Pixel 2 from $649.99 BUY NOW

Google Pixel 2 XL from $849.99 BUY NOW

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL by Google are arguably the best Android smartphones you can buy. They combine powerful hardware, long all-day battery life, and some of the best cameras in the business. Both smartphones feature an IP67 rating for water and dust resistance, a powerful Qualcomm chipset, a sharp OLED display, and stereo speakers.

They both run the most up-to-date Android version that’s available, and a nifty “Active Edge” feature that triggers the Google Assistant when you squeeze the phone’s metal frame so you can use your voice to ask questions and quickly get information. The Pixel 2 has a 5-inch screen with 16:9 ratio, while the Pixel 2 XL sports a sharper 6-inch panel with 18:9 aspect ratio.

Related: Read Our Full Review of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

4 Samsung Galaxy Note9
Samsung
amazon.com $999.99

Samsung’s just-launched Galaxy Note9 delivers an ultra sharp 6.4-inch Infinity Super AMOLED display, a massive battery, and an S Pen stylus with Bluetooth connectivity. Plus, it has a powerful software suite that's yet to be matched by any competitor.

As you'd expect from a $1,000 phone, it supports wireless charging, has expandable memory, a waterproof body, built-in stereo speakers, and a standard audio jack. You can unlock the phone using your fingerprint or even an iris scanner.

Like the iPhone Xs, an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance is also on board, making this a feature-filled pick if you can swing the price. Its camera features two optically stabilized sensors — one wide-angled with dual aperture, and a separate telephoto lens.

The phone is powered by Qualcomm's latest and greatest Snapdragon 845 processor, and it's packed with 6 GB or 8 GB of RAM, with the former exclusively available with a whopping 512 GB of built-in storage (the variant with 6 GB of RAM comes with 128 GB of storage). With so much power, it's the first Android smartphone that can play the massively popular game Fortnite.

Related: Our Full Review of the Note9

5 Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
Apple

from $599.00 BUY NOW

The waterproof iPhone 8 features an all-glass design, better graphics and processing power than last year's models, and two superb cameras with impressive low-light performance. It's also the first iPhone that supports wireless charging and augmented reality.

The smartphone still has the same 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays as the iPhone 7 (depending on if you get the Plus variant or not), but there's a new gold or red color option for the iPhone 8. Plus, it's equipped with better cameras with faster auto-focus and greater noise reduction, and Apple’s speedy six-core A11 Bionic processor — the same one featured in the iPhone X. It lacks a headphone jack, though, so make sure you pick up a pair of wireless earbuds!

More: Read Our Full iPhone 8 Review

6 LG V30
LG

from $669.99 BUY NOW

The LG V30 has a sleek IP68-rated waterproof body, a gorgeous 6-inch POLED display, a speedy Qualcomm chipset, and a duo of excellent cameras. The LG V30 also offers a better audio experience than any competitor, courtesy of built-in premium audio components, which allow the smartphone to power high-quality audiophile headphones on the go. LG backs its phone with a sweet 2-year warranty.

Related: Get the Full Scoop on the LG V30

7 Moto X4
Moto

from $299.99 BUY NOW

If you're looking for a cheap, waterproof smartphone to take with you on vacation, the Moto X4 is a great choice. It isn't as powerful or feature-filled as flagship devices, but it has a cool design, top-shelf hardware, and an ultra slim body with excellent build quality.

It runs Google's newer Oreo operating system, includes a 16 MP front-facing camera and dual rear cameras, and has support for Amazon's Alexa assistant. As you'd expect, it has an IP68-rated water-resistant design, which protects it from spills, splashes, and puddles.

8 Sony Xperia XZ2
Sony
$514.99

The Sony Xperia XZ2 smartphone has an absolutely stunning 5.7-inch 18:9 HDR display, Qualcomm's cutting edge Snapdragon 845 chip, and an advanced 19 MP camera that's capable of capturing 4K HDR video. The device has a IP68 rating, which ensures that it can be submerged in up to 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes.

Additionally, it's packed with 64 GB of onboard memory, which is expandable with a MicroSD card, and a whopping 6 GB of RAM. The phone also features stereo speakers, a haptic engine, and a fingerprint sensor. It comes in pink, green, silver, and black.

9 Samsung Galaxy S8 Active
Samsung

AT&T: $849.99 BUY NOW

T-Mobile: $849.99 BUY NOW

Despite the release of the Galaxy S9, Samsung has yet to announce a Galaxy S9 Active. For now, the older Galaxy S8 Active is still a great option for those looking for an ultra durable, water-resistant smartphone. It features a military-grade, shatter-resistant screen, but it's missing the elegant infinity edge curves found on the Galaxy S8 and S8+.

This model's polycarbonate back is shock-resistant, and it won't crack like the S8 or S8+'s glass backing would. It also packs a larger 4,000mAh battery, compared to the Galaxy S8's 3,000mAh one.

More: Get the Full Scoop on the Galaxy S8 Active

10 HTC U11
HTC

$649.00 BUY NOW

HTC's latest smartphone, the U11, sports a unique design with a shiny all-metal body. It's IP67 waterproof, so you can fully submerge it in 3 feet of water for up to half an hour. The smartphone's 5.5-inch quad-HD LCD display is sharp and vibrant, but not as impressive-looking as the Galaxy S8's infinity display. The U11 shares the same chipset as the S8, but it lacks a headphone jack.

It boasts unique features unlike any other smartphone, including a squeezable frame that lets you quickly open apps. Additionally, the U11 is packed with Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa. The phone comes in silver, blue, black, and red.

More: Our In-Depth Review of the HTC U11