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Gadgets - May 24, 2016

The Summer’s Best Waterproof Tech

Don’t be afraid to bring these durable, resilient gadgets with you to the pool, lake or beach
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Summer is almost here, which means you’ll probably be spending more time in the great outdoors, perhaps with friends and family in a backyard or at a cottage. But you might be thinking you’d better keep your pricey gadgets far away from the water, right? Actually, you don’t have to leave your tech toys behind – so long as they can withstand the elements. Here’s a look at a few water-ready considerations.

Do the Droid

What’s not to love about Samsung’s flagship phone? Along with its stunning 5.1-inch screen, fastest processor to date and support for wireless charging, the Samsung Galaxy S7 ($399.99 on select Rogers two-year plans) is also dustproof and waterproof (IP68 rated), which means it can withstand water up to a depth of 1.5 metres for up to 30 minutes. Perfect for summer fun, the metal-and-glass Android phone also boasts a better battery, greatly improved camera (that lets in 56% more light) and now lets you pop in a memory card (up to 200 GB) to expand storage, if need be.

Splish Splash

If all the action happens in and around the pool or lake, why aren’t you immortalizing all these memories? The Fuji FinePix XP90 ($239.99) is a fully waterproof 16.4-megapixel point-and-shoot camera with 5x optical zoom, smart image stabilization and 1080p HD video recording. Available in a range of colours, this camera houses a 3-inch LCD screen with anti-reflective coating to make it easier to see in bright sunlight. Waterproof to 15 metres (about 50 feet), this pocket-sized digi-cam is also drop-proof to 1.75 metres (about 5.8 feet), freeze-proof to -10°C and dustproof, as well.

Channel This

Just because you’re relaxing outdoors on a summer evening doesn’t mean you have to miss your favourite TV shows. The extra-bright SunBriteTV outdoor televisions – ranging from roughly $3,000 for the 32-inch HD model to more than $25,000 for the Pro Series 84-inch 4K Ultra HD Outdoor TV – feature an all-weather exterior that protects internal components from rain, dirt and insects, along with a fan-airflow system that keeps the television cool and dry. These slender LED-backlit and anti-glare TVs feature top-of-the-line resolution, impressive contrast, fast refresh rates and detachable 20-watt speakers. Game of Thrones while sipping a cold one in a hot tub? Sign me up.

Sound Advice

What goes better with summer than music? OK, maybe barbecued meat. But tunes are an important part of the fun, too. The FUGOO Tough XL ($399.99) is a portable, powerful and “100% waterproof” audio system for any Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, tablet or laptop (plus there’s a line-in aux jack for non-wireless devices). Its eight acoustic drivers are powered by four tweeters, two mid/sub drivers and two passive radiators, and they deliver up to 97 decibels of sound. This durable speaker also features control buttons, a USB port to charge a phone and a speakerphone for hands-free calls. Battery life lasts up to 35 hours between charges.