Alina LewisJul 07, 2014 14:31:38 IST
The monsoons are back! But while you might be eager to let loose and soak in the rain, it's not practical to expect your gadgets to concur. A little moisture, a splash of rain or a careless spill of water is all it takes to put a dampener on your monsoon spirit.
But don’t let the fear of damaging your tech in the rains stop you from enjoying your favorite music on the go or make that urgent phone call. Here is a list of some cool waterproof tech gear:
Sony Walkman NWZ-W273
As a marketing strategy, the 4GB NWZ-W273 MP3 player was packaged in a water-bottle when it was launched in February this year to show off its water-resistant capabilities. This Sony Walkman has no mini or micro USB ports and that basically means there are no inlets for water to get in and damage the internal machinery. The plastic earpieces are connected by a rubber wire to fit snugly around the back of your neck and playback controls are neatly placed at the bottom of the two pods. The headphones are priced at Rs 6,490 and are easily available across retail stores.
Sennheiser CX 685 Sports
Sennheiser’s water, sweat, shock and freeze resistant headphones let you enjoy your music, while combating tough weather conditions. The design is optimised for use with mobile phones, MP3 players and all iOS devices. At Rs 5,490, the price is on par with most branded in-ear headphones even with the added rugged features.
Otterbox Armor Series for iPhone
With waterproof, dustproof and shockproof features, this rugged iPhone case by Otterbox is perhaps one of the best all weather cases you can find for your iPhone, making sure you travel with no fear of the rain or cold. Its interior is made of silicone, which can also protect your iPhone in case you drop it and the metal latches lock the front and back covers together to protect the phone from dirt and dunks for up to 30 minutes in up to 6.6 feet of water. Of course, this makes the phone very bulky, so it’s certainly not for the fashion conscious.
This Panasonic peripheral could be an option, if you’re looking for weather-proof headphones that are light on both your ears and your pocket. However, with a sensitivity of 101dB/mW, the maximum volume of these headphones are slightly below average. At 7 grams, they are pretty lightweight and come in attractive colours of blue, orange, green, black and gold. The Panasonic RP-HS200E is priced at Rs 1,699.
Nikon Coolpix AW120
Planning a weekend getaway in the rainy season? Make sure you’ve got a camera that can have as much fun in the rains as you. The answer to your needs is the Nikon Coolpix AW120. Water can turn your basic camera into a useless piece of scrap in a matter of seconds. The AW120 is designed to take wind, water, dust and cold in its stride, making it a reliable option. It’s freezeproof to -10°C and packs in a host of action-orientated extras like GPS, an interactive world map, compass, altimeter and depth gauge. It’s priced at Rs 17,950 and easily available in both online and physical retail stores.
Aquapac camera case
If you don’t intend to invest in a brand new camera consider a camera case such as this Aquapac. Priced at around 2000 rupees, it’s a lot cheaper than buying a new camera while ensuring protection against accidental spills and dunks.
Braven BRV-1 portable speaker
This portable speaker has a rubberised exterior to handle not just torrential rainfall, but also drops and scratches. It can also survive accidental dunks up to 1m of water for 30 minutes. The 3 Watts of audio output from its 70mm subwoofer definitely won’t blow you away, but should be adequate if you need some light music in wet outdoors.
Samsung Galaxy S5
If you’re looking for a phone that can survive extreme weather, the IP67 rated Samsung Galaxy S5 should top your list. Its dust and water-resistant chassis means ruining the phone is last thing you'll need to worry about if you're stuck in rain. Not just that, it’s one of the best phones we’ve seen lately, so it’s definitely a worthy investment.
Sony Xperia Z2 tablet
This stylish slate from Sony is more than just good looking. Not only does it check all the boxes of being a premium tablet, but it also provides fantastic water and weather proofing like its predecessor. The Xperia Z2 tablet warns you when you open the flaps of its microSD and charger ports, to avoid water from getting inside the ports. It's also dust-resistant, which should come to your rescue if you accidentally spill muck or dirty water on the device.
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