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Best Waterproof Cellphones (Part II)

The Galaxy S10e might be waterproof, however, it’s curved front and back makes it easy to break. 

Samsung Galaxy S10e

If you’re searching for Samsung style, but you flinch at the prices of the S10 and S10 Plus, then try the littler Samsung Galaxy S10e. It has the same great processor, the same IP68 rating, a great display, and lots more for a few hundred dollars less. It’s an excellent water-resistant alternative.

That 6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED screen is the lead of the show, with a 3,040 x 1,440-pixel resolution and supreme brightness and vibrancy. There’s a 3,400mAh battery inside, which is enough to see you through the day. While the IP68 rating denotes the ability to deal with liquids, the S10 has a curved glass back and front, so there’s a real risk of damage if you drop it.

If you’re able to spend a little extra, you can get the S10 Plus, which has a 6.4-inch screen, a larger 4,100mAh battery, and the same IP68 certification. If your budget doesn’t stretch, then consider last year’s Samsung trio, the Note 9, Galaxy S9, or S9 Plus, or its trio from the year before, the Note 8, Galaxy S8, and S8 Plus. All are IP68 rated and available at a low-cost.

The best waterproof iPhone: iPhone XS

Apple got on board a bezel-free smartphone future when it created the iPhone X. The iPhone XS has the same elegant design, but with some more power under the hood and an even greater IP68 water resistance rating which means it can endure submersion in water up to two meters in depth for up to 30 minutes without damage.

The OLED screen’s deep inky blacks and vibrant colors make it difficult to pull your eyes away from it, and Apple’s True Tone tech alters the color warmth of the screen to account for the ambient lighting surrounding you. But it’s not just about the 5.8-inch screen.

Best Waterproof Cellphones (Part I)

You won’t have to worry about getting these phones wet.

The best waterproof cellphone in the market today is the Samsung Galaxy S10. It unites topnotch display with lots of power and a versatile camera suite, all in a waterproof, IP68-rated package that can endure a dunk in water up to 1.5 meters in depth for up to 30 minutes without getting any damage. If you desire an iPhone or want something more rugged, we have other phones below.

Apple iPhone 8 or 8 Plus

While they may not have the Face ID and the space-age design of the iPhone XS, last year’s iPhone 8 and 8 Plus still have lots of processing power, as well as the same smart iOS and IP67 rating. If you can’t do the $999 for the iPhone XS, then the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are also excellent choices.

Apple’s exceptional record on smartphone photography continues blemish-free. The iPhone XS has two 12-megapixel lenses with one zoom lens and one wide-angle lens. It sounds the same as last year’s iPhone X on paper, but the image sensor is bigger, which means the iPhone XS is even sturdier with low-light photography. 

Also, you get Apple’s Portrait Mode, which selectively blurs the background around your subject, offering your images a DSLR-style effect that gives your pics a professional look. Then there’s Portrait Lighting, which provides you the choice of different lighting effects to truly make your images pop.

Apple’s newest A12 Bionic chip is efficient and fast, beating out all the competitors. Though Touch ID is not coming back, Face ID has been enhanced, so it’s a little faster. There’s no headphone jack, but the iPhone XS has Bluetooth 5.0 for a stable and strong connection to your Bluetooth headphones.

The iPhone X was IP67 rated, which makes it less water-resistant than the Samsung Galaxy S10, but the iPhone XS equals the S10’s IP68 rating.

Best Waterproof Cameras (Part III)

Fujifilm FinePix XP130 is great for taking pictures on family vacations. 

Fujifilm FinePix XP130

Cheerful and cheap waterproof compact

Paralleled to ultra-rugged competition, the FinePix XP130 doesn’t possess the same credentials. That means that it may not be quite up to some of the more energetic users, but still more than up to the job of a skiing or family beach holiday. There are plenty of fun filters included, and Wi-Fi connectivity, but no GPS. Easy to use, this is a great choice if you want a durable point-and-shoot compact camera for family use, though don’t expect too much from it. 

Ricoh WG-60

A rugged waterproof compact with built-in LED lights

The WG-60 from Ricoh has some very strong credentials. It’s waterproof and shockproof from a fall of up to 5 ft, while it should resist a force of up to 220lbs. Also, it’s dust-proof and can function in temps down to -10°C. 

The 5x optical zoom has a very broad focal zoom range while there are six LED macro lights dotted around the front of the lens barrel to give bright and uniformed lighting round your subject, perfect when shooting underwater subjects. Also, the macro lights provide other useful functions like the LED Lighting mode, which uses the lights for attaching the light to portraits in poor light. It should offer a more flattering look than the WG-60’s flash. 

GoPro Hero7 Black

The best action camera out there

Action cameras have overshadowed committed waterproof cameras a little over the last couple of years, but it’s based on what you need to shoot. If a video’s your chief priority, then GoPro’s Hero7 Black is an excellent choice. It’s the top pick of the action cams and can shoot super-smooth 4K video at up to 60fps and has an incredible image stabilization system. Not only can it also take a really decent 12MP still photo, but it can also even shoot raw files too. 


Best Waterproof Cameras (Part II)


Olympus Tough TG-6

Not just durable but with a spec sheet that goes way past the waterproof norm

Olympus’s Tough line of waterproof cameras has no doubt the strongest reputation here, and the business has kitted its most recent TG-6 model with features definitely towards the premium end of the scale. GPS? Hell yes. Raw shooting? Check. 4K video? Yep.

The Nikon Coolpix W300 can get you some stunning underwater images. 

Nikon Coolpix W300

The perfect choice if you desire to go deep underwater

The Coolpix W300 is completely loaded with a lot of features. There’s 4K video, a great GPS system, an interactive world map, and Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as an underwater depth gauge. Also, the W300 gives a high resolution, 921k dot OLED monitor, but maybe most impressive of all is that the W300 can operate at a depth of 30 meters. 

Panasonic Lumix FT7 / TS7

Possesses a built-in viewfinder

Panasonic’s new Lumix TS7 (referred to as the Lumix FT7 outside the US) is the latest waterproof camera here. As opposed to Olympus, which decreased the resolution of its TG-5, Panasonic has gone in the other direction, raising the pixel count from 16.1MP to 20.4MP. Lens coverage stayed the same as its predecessor, with a 4.6x zoom range that covers 28-128mm, but fascinatingly, the lens loses its Leica branding. 

The Lumix TS7 / FT7 does have something distinct feature for a waterproof camera that is in today’s market: a built-in electronic viewfinder. The 1,170k-dot, 0.2-inch display may not be the biggest out there, but it does provide a useful alternative to shooting with the rear display, particularly in bright light, which can make composition problematic. There’s plenty to like about the Lumix TS7 / FT7 such as its exceptional tough credentials but is let down by a sensor that stuffs too many pixels onto a somewhat little area.


Best Waterproof Cameras (Part I)

Water is no match for these cameras.

Regardless if you’re going to the beach, hiking, or diving, we’ve got a camera for you. If you’re going on holiday, the odds are you’ll get near the water, it doesn’t matter if it’s the deep ocean or the hotel pool.

Also, it’s likely you’ll desire to capture some pics of your aquatic adventures. Though, most cameras won’t thank you for carrying them anywhere near water.

Regarding their rugged qualifications, this bunch of waterproof beauties are right at home getting subaquatic scenes and will allow you to dive as deep as 30 meters to get the perfect shot. They’re all freeze-proof, shock-proof and some cameras are also crush-proof.

The fun doesn’t end there. Also, you’ll find several rugged, waterproof cameras come filled with features like Wi-Fi connectivity, GPS location tagging, and even action-orientated extras such as altimeter or a compass.

Choose the right waterproof camera and image quality will give the standard land-loving compact a run for its money. The only compromise you’ll have to make in exchange for the chance to shoot during some tumble and rough is a below-average zoom range.

If you desire a camera for a vacation with a longer zoom range, take a look at our pick of travel zoom compacts. Likewise, the video may be your key priority, which in that case, take a peek at a listing of the best action cameras and best GoPro cameras available (you can find the info on the web).

Therefore, don’t let your camera hold you back. All these waterproof and rugged cameras are created for wet and wildlife.

Best waterproof cameras at a glance

  • Olympus Tough TG-6
  • Nikon Coolpix W300
  • Panasonic Lumix FT7 / TS7
  • Fujifilm FinePix XP130
  • Ricoh WG-60

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to own a solid all-weather camera that takes high-quality, impressive photos. 

The iPhone 11 – The Phone You Should Get (Part II)


Apple’s states of enhanced battery life over the earlier phone aren’t really based on those tests. Instead, the business takes a big dataset of real-world iPhone usage and operates it against a model of the new phone that accounts for the different chipset, processor, display, and OS power improvements and the bigger battery capacity. One thing Apple phones and Apple products, in general, are known for being top dog at is having a fabulous battery life. 

It’s smart, but there’s no way for folks to repeat and authenticate that test. But consumer companies have run tests and the iPhone 11 easily went a full day and then some. It’s possible you can manage to destroy this battery in less than a day, but you’d have to truly try. The battery life is good just like the iPhone XR’s battery life was good.

The iPhone is great, but their charger’s need an upgrade.

Not So Good

What’s not so good is that Apple is still putting its old 5W charger in the box, even though the iPhone 11 Pro has an 18W USB-C quicker charger. If Apple doesn’t want to update the whole line to a quicker charger, it should just do the earth a favor and don’t put the 5W charger in the box. There are practically millions of them in the world. Chances are, you have one or more in your possession. 

Last year, the iPhone XR consistently beat out the XS models in battery life. Though this year, that gap has closed a bit with the iPhone 11 Pro models. The iPhone 11 is still on par as the best, but it didn’t get as huge of a jump in battery life as the Pro models did. This year, other models came out with batteries that gave Apple phones a run for their money (Samsung Galaxy phones). 


The iPhone 11 – The Phone You Should Get (Part I)

Apple has always had some great phone’s but the iPhone 11 takes the cake.

The iPhone 11 is the phone most folks who are upgrading to a new iPhone this year should buy. It’s a great phone with one of the top cameras available on a smartphone and a solid battery life.

None of this connotates the iPhone 11 is the perfect phone or that it possesses all the top features and specs you can get. It doesn’t. But it’s excellent where it counts, and it’s completely fine everywhere else. If you want to live on the edge of tech, you can splurge over $300 and get an iPhone 11 Pro. Or, you can take a look at one of the numerous high-end Android choices available. But most folks don’t need to over-process it. They will buy an iPhone 11.

The iPhone 11 is practically an S update to last year’s quite popular iPhone XR. From the front, it appears precisely the same. It possesses the same design, the same 6.1-inch 720p LCD with fancy rounded corners, the same big bezels, and the same aluminum body.

The Differences

However, that design has been created just a little better: the water resistance is somewhat better, and Apple states the glass on the back and front is a bit stronger. The camera bump on the back is now milled directly into the glass, which is sort of neat, but it’s a camera bump. The complete design is a tad surfboard-y, and it’s not little. If you’re wanting to upgrade from an iPhone SE, this thing will feel huge to you.

Apple states the iPhone 11 will last for 60 minutes or longer on its battery than the iPhone XR, which already got a fabulous battery life. But the only concrete battery life numbers Apple publishes now are tests of single actions, such as audio and video playback on a loop. 


Is Wi-Fi Calling Safe? (Part III)

Public wifi networks are hotspots for hackers trying to steal information from people like yourself.

What are the security concerns related to Wi-Fi calling?

When you send data by Wi-Fi, the security of your info is at the mercy of the network. Public Wi-Fi networks are sanctuaries for phishers and others who lie in wait for the chance to latch on to an unsuspicious user’s connection and steal their personal info. 

If you were to use a Wi-Fi calling app that did not correctly encrypt your data while on an unsafe public network, you would be wide open to information thieves.

Even if you’re using a secure network, you’re putting faith in your cellular carrier. Big-name carriers encrypt voice data so it can’t be accessed by outside parties. Though, one weakness in the flow of information is all that’s needed. 

In 2013, it was discovered that T-Mobile’s WiFi calling feature didn’t properly validate the security certificate on the server-side, creating a chance for a cyberattack. This kind of attack entails hackers making a fake security certificate and tricking the service into believing it is connecting with the proper target.

How can I protect myself?

Fortunately, the inherent risks linked with WiFi calling don’t mean you have to remain clear of this money-saving, convenient technology. Consumers can take steps to protect themselves against unsecured networks and unexpected security failures by using a product such as Hotspot Shield.

Hotspot Shield works by making a Virtual Private Network, or VPN, through which your data passes. You might recognize VPN technology as something used by employers to let remote workers access the secure company network. 

However, it has become a standard solution for savvy users who want to guarantee their data privacy on a daily basis. Also, you won’t have to fight with key fobs and complex software installations like you might have done with a corporate VPN. With Hotspot Shield, making your own VPN is a simple as downloading a file.

Is Wi-Fi Calling Safe? (Part II)

Hackers can listen to your conversations.

Is WiFi Calling Safe?

First, the good news: Yes, WiFi calling is safe, even though your data (your voice) is being sent over maybe unsafe WiFi networks. That’s due to the fact your mobile carrier encrypts your voice, including when it’s sent over WiFi networks. Therefore, even if your voice is sent over public Wi-Fi hotspots, it’s being encrypted by your cell phone provider, making it useless to Wi-Fi hackers.

However, a few voice over-Wi-Fi apps bypass your mobile carrier and therefore might perform no encryption. If you are using one of these apps and your phone is connected to a public Wi-Fi hotspot, you can be in danger of being listened to by Wi-Fi hackers.

So, if you are using a voice-over-Wi-Fi app on your phone, be safe by using a VPN. VPNs encrypt all the data coming out and, on your phone, including your voice.

Wi-Fi Calling is the next great thing for your mobile phone, so be sure you are making the correct call by safeguarding your private phone calls with a VPN.

 What are the advantages of making calls over Wi-Fi?

One of the largest appeals of Wi-Fi calling is that it offers an alternative to cellular technology and can save you money. For folks who struggle with choppy cellular coverage, either because they reside in a rural area or because they just ended up with a bad combination of geographic area and carrier, it’s amazing news. Wi-Fi calls frequently don’t count against your designated number of cellular minutes, so you can talk as long as you like over a Wi-Fi connection without fretting about extra charges.

What are the disadvantages of Wi-Fi calling?

Mobile carriers are still working out the kinks. If you’re on a call while in transit and your Wi-Fi signal drops, the call could be dropped as well while your phone attempts to connect to a cellular network. But the largest disadvantage is the possible security risk.

Is Wi-Fi Calling Safe? (Part I)

Some phone’s can make phone calls through wifi networks. But, how private are your calls?

You may have heard that the new iPhone 6 supports making phone calls over WiFi networks. Using WiFi networks to make calls is the next great thing for mobile phones.

Though, how safe is it to make phone calls with public WiFi hotspots? Are your calls being encrypted? Should you take any necessary steps to safeguard yourself from WiFi hackers?

Welcome to WiFi Calling

Using WiFi networks to make mobile phone calls is referred to as WiFi calling. WiFi calling is the technology that lets packets of data from your cell phone be carried over the Internet and then put back into your cellular network.

This is different from VoIP services such as Skype, which also uses the web to make phone calls due to the fact that with WiFi calling, you can use your cell phone.

Folks are enthusiastic about WiFi calling. If you use the web to make phone calls, those minutes don’t count against your mobile plan. Also, it lets you make phone calls if you are outside your mobile provider’s coverage area.

The technology is not quite perfect yet. There are some problems when a phone goes from a mobile network to a WiFi hotspot. Calls could be dropped. Still, the possibility is there for using WiFi networks in the near future for many cellphones.

Using an App for Wi-Fi Calling

If your phone or carrier doesn’t support Wi-Fi calling, you could always send texts and calls via an app such as Google Voice, Facebook, Line, Skype or one of the numerous other calling apps that could be downloaded onto a cell phone. Remember, you’ll still have to have a data connection such as a carrier plan or Wi-Fi connection.

Wi-Fi calling is usually safe, even though your data is being sent over perhaps an unsecured Wi-Fi network. It is safe since the mobile carrier usually encrypts your voice data.