Six of the best: Waterproof gadgets
Waterproof Headphones from aquapac.net
Proving you don’t need to spend a fortune on tech, these affordable earloops are comfortable and come with three sizes of ear bud. However, the main benefit of these is that they are waterproof up to three metres (IPX8) and the audio jack is rust-proof as it’s gold-plated. You’ll want to wipe both the jack and headphones once you’re on dry land, but otherwise, they’re just like any other set of headphones.
Slazenger Waterproof 4GB MP3 Player from sportsdirect.com
Another great priced product is this MP3 player which holds an impressive 4GB of music – that’s approximately 1,000 songs. You’ll want to avoid deep-sea diving as it’s only suitable for up to three metres, but that’s easily deep enough for a leisurely swim or perhaps a jog when it’s raining! It also comes with a pedometer, so is useful if you’re keen to improve your general health and wellbeing, and up your step count.
Alcatel Onetouch Go Play SIM Free Waterproof Smartphone – Black from mobilefun.co.uk
It’s the stuff of nightmares: your phone falls into a puddle, the bath, or worst of all, the toilet. No sooner have you scooped it out than you’re grabbing the rice and Tupperware to try and stop your most-used tech from going kaput! However, with this android smartphone you’re actively encouraged to take it for a dip. It’s IP67 certified meaning you can take it up to one meter below water (though you’ll not want to stay submerged for more than 30 minutes with it). This is perfect for taking underwater pictures and the camera takes snaps of up to 8mp.
FUJIFILM XP90 Tough Compact Camera & XP Float Strap Bundle from currys.co.uk
This isn’t just a waterproof camera, no, this is also a dust-proof, freeze-proof and shock-proof compact. Made for the outdoors, it’s sturdy enough you won’t fear dropping it, but small and lightweight enough to carry around. It takes a good picture too – you can take underwater shots up to 15 metres deep, as large as 16mp, and shoot video in full HD 1080p. Not bad at all when you consider you’ll get change from £150!
UE Roll 2 from ultimateears.com
When the legal and safety pamphlet is called ‘Bonus material for lawyers and insomniacs’, you know this is a bit of tech targeted at those who are young and like to have a bit of fun. And, the latter is exactly what this wireless speaker is. It works via Bluetooth, and with a range of 100ft, you can easily take it into the pool while you leave your music source on dry land. It comes in a wide variety of colours and we particularly like the summery Tropical Anime. It even has a little blow-up ‘floatie’ so, if you’re enjoying a bath or hot tub sesh, you don’t need to keep hold of it. Fun it may be, but it also has some marvellous tech and gives a really great sound – even when you’re in some choppy waters.
Vivitar Action Camcorder with Wi-Fi Water Resistant Case & 8GB SD Card from qvcuk.com
Pocket-sized and sturdy, action cameras continue to be all the rage. If you’re yet to invest in one, this Vivitar bundle makes a great starter kit. It’s got 4K resolution and you can also take 4000x3000p photos too. The water-resistant case is what we’re really impressed with though, it allows you to film to three metres underwater with great clarity. It comes with all the accessories you’d hope for, including an 8GB SD card, bike mount and camera editing software. On top of that, it’s got Wi-Fi connectivity so if you can’t wait to upload the content via USB, you can stream it directly to your device.