Best Waterproof Cellphones (Part III)

The Samsung Galaxy S10 can last 30 minutes in water. 

The best: Samsung Galaxy S10

Do you want a beautiful smartphone with the latest tech inside and a super-curvy screen? Then pick up the Galaxy S10 or the S10 Plus. These dazzling smartphones have IP68 certification, which means they can endure up to 1.5 meters of water for about 30 minutes.

The S10 boasts a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor with 8GB of RAM. Also, it has a good triple-lens camera on the rear, uniting two 12-megapixel lenses and a 16-megapixel wide-angle lens, not to mention a 10-megapixel camera on the front. The S10 Plus possesses a dual-lens front-facing camera. On the software side, it operates Android 9.0 Pie, with Samsung’s own user interface over the top, making it look somewhat different than Android on other phones.

The top rugged waterproof phone: Caterpillar Cat S61

If all you care about is a phone that will still work after it is dropped, beat about a bit, or fallen in a good amount of water, then the Cat S61 is really the phone for you. It’s very chunky, but the IP68 rating is great for 60 minutes in the water down to a depth of 16 feet, plus the MIL-STD-810G rating keeps it safe and secure from radiation, dust, and shocks. The tough body of this phone will handle a fall from 6 feet onto concrete like it was nothing.

By chance, if during all this hurt the need for thermal imaging comes up, the S61 will step up to this job too. In a partnership with sensor company Flir, the S61 has a distinct thermal camera alongside its standard 16-megapixel shooter. It works with a special app to show temperature, heat palettes, and hot spots, which can come in handy for all types of professions, from auto mechanics to vets.

 




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