If you’re prone to dropping your smartphone in water, this list is for you.

Smartphones that can be dropped in the pool, the toilet, or get caught in the rain aren’t as rare as they used to be. More and more smartphone manufacturers are launching phones with IP67 and 68 ratings, meaning your phone likely won’t be rendered useless if it gets submerged in water on accident. While there actually isn’t a smartphone on the market that’s completely waterproof, there are a handful that are very water resistant.

And that’s what we’re here to talk about today. Here is our list of the best waterproof and water resistant Android phones out there.

Editor’s note: We will be updating this list regularly as new devices launch.
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Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus

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Following a successful launch of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, Samsung seemed to have a pretty good idea as to what users want in a smartphone. Solid battery life, high-res screens, impressive camera performance and more were all things the company achieved with the 2016 flagships. And while the Note 7 seemed to improve even more in those areas, overheating problems caused the device to enter total recall mode.

Now we get to see what Samsung has in store for us in 2017. It should come as no surprise that the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus feature top-of-the-line specifications, great cameras and an all-new design that’s truly futuristic.

This time around, Samsung included a curved screen on both the S8 and S8 Plus, as well as a unique 18.5:9 aspect ratio that allows for a much more comfortable in-hand feel. The company even ditched its famous physical home button and included on-screen navigation keys (finally). These devices come with an IP68 water resistance rating, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor (or Exynos 8895, depending on the region), 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of on-board storage, and one of the latest versions of Android, 7.0 Nougat.

Samsung even launched a few extra accessories alongside the S8 that you should definitely consider checking out. The new Samsung DeX dock lets you use your S8 as a desktop computer, and there’s also a new Gear 360 camera that allows for shooting video in 4K and live streaming to YouTube. Of course, there’s also a new Galaxy S8-compatible Gear VR headset, complete with a controller for easier navigation.

All in all, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are two of the most promising smartphones launching in 2017.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S8

  • 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 570 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895 processor (depending on region)
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm, 155 g

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

  • 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 529 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895 processor (depending on region)
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm, 173 g

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LG G6

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Throughout 2016, the LG G5 struggled to take on the Galaxy S7, HTC 10 and all the other flagships released that year. It’s not a bad phone, per se, it just lacks the level of polish we normally expect from top-tier smartphones nowadays. The phone would have been more widely accepted if it nailed the modular implementation, but unfortunately the whole module-swapping process was wonky and the three “Friends” that launched with the G5 weren’t all that appealing. With the G6, LG has gone back to the basics.

Certainly the most standout feature on the G6 is its 5.7-inch Quad HD LCD display, with its interesting aspect ratio of 18:9 and rounded corners. It also comes with a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4 GB of RAM, plenty of on-board storage, an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance and dual 13 MP rear cameras. It’s worth noting that not all LG G6s are created equal. For example, the G6 that’s coming to the U.S. is the only variant that supports wireless charging, while the Hi-Fi Quad DAC is exclusive to South Korea and certain markets in Asia. What’s more, the G6 with 64 GB of storage is only available in a handful of markets.

This isn’t a phone that introduces a bunch of gimmicky features that you’ll never use. It’s simply a solid, well-built smartphone that nails the main areas users care most about.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with 2880 x 1440 resolution, 564 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32/64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • Dual 13 MP rear cameras, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,300 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm, 163 g

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Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

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The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge aren’t the biggest and best Samsung phones anymore, but they’re still worth your attention. While they don’t offer removable batteries, Samsung included expandable storage on both handsets in case the 32 GB of on-board storage isn’t enough. Samsung mostly stuck to the same design this time around, though they did shrink down the camera bumps on the back and made the devices a little thicker to make room for larger batteries.

In terms of specs, these are some great smartphones. They come with Quad HD Super AMOLED displays, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processors, 4 GB of RAM, great 12 MP rear-facing cameras and run the latest version of Android. Instead of featuring the same screen sizes this time around though, Samsung kept the S7 at a smaller 5.1 inches, while the S7 Edge has been bumped up to a larger 5.5-inch panel.

They also come with IP68 certification for dust and water resistance, which will allow your phone to survive underwater at a maximum depth of 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes. They’re also protected from dust, dirt and sand, all without the need for port caps or covers. Seriously, these are some incredible smartphones.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S7

  • 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 577 ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm, 152 g

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

  • 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534 ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,600 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm, 157 g

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Active

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You’re constantly dropping your phone. You always use one of those indestructible phone cases. Your phone has taken a swim more than you have this summer.

Does this sound like you? If so, you should probably pick up the Galaxy S7 Active.

It has mostly all the same specifications as the standard Galaxy S7, but this one comes with a handful of improvements for those who need a more rugged device. It’s IP68 certified for dust proofing and water resistance, and also comes with a MIL-STD-810G certification for salt, dust, humidity, rain, vibration, solar radiation, transport and thermal shock resistance. Oh, and it comes with a massive 4,000 mAh battery that’s extremely difficult to kill in a single day.

It should be noted that there has been some controversy surrounding the S7 Active’s waterproofing, though Samsung claims to have fixed the issues.

Specs

  • 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 577 ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 148.8 x 74.9 x 9.9 mm, 185 g

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Sony Xperia XZ

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The Sony Xperia XZ comes to market with some powerful specs, a great camera and a new design direction.

It sports a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a powerful Snapdragon 820 processor, 3 GB of RAM and either 32 or 64 GB of on-board storage with microSD expansion. And like most other Sony phones out there the XZ has an IP68 certification, meaning your phone can survive underwater at a maximum depth of 1.5 meters for 30 minutes. It’s also protected from dust, dirt and sand.

One thing to note – if you’re buying the XZ in the US, you won’t be able to use the fingerprint sensor. It’s deactivated in the US for some reason. There are ways around that, though, it just requires a little more hacking than some would like.

Specs

  • 5.2-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 424 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 32/64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 23 MP rear camera, 13 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2,900 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 146 x 72 x 8.1 mm, 161 g

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So, there you have it – our list of the best waterproof and water resistant Android phones! Did we leave anything out? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

  • patstar5

    Sad that Samsung is the only Android manufacturer making wager resistant flagships besides Sony which overprices phones and disables fingerprint sensors….
    Hopefully, lg, htc, and the others will adopt this now that Apple has.

    • MasterSoup

      Waterproofing will be damn near standing next year, I’m sure.

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    • bboyheat

      Now that Apple did it, everyone will.

      • coldspring22 .

        Everyone did it before Apple as usual

        • Huawei introduced Force Touch on a couple of their phones right before the iPhone 6S was made public. Lenovo removed the headphone jack from the Moto Z. There have also been other companies like LG (and Huawei) experimenting with dual cameras before the iPhone 7 Plus, but people outside of the Android technosphere weren’t talking about it until Apple did it. Like it or not, Apple is still a trendsetter to the mass market, even though they’re borrowing ideas from other Android companies. Consumers just don’t care until Apple does it, because they have such a strong brand following.

        • Frank Bank

          nope but Apple’s not spying on u

        • Brøssøvítçh

          Wrong, Sumsuck is way up their ass. Samsuck, not Crapple but they’re working on it..

    • coldspring22 .

      HTC already had HTC desire EYE which had IPX7 rating and Motorola has bunch of phones out which are all water resistant to some degree. Huawei Honor 3 is also IP57 rated. Among cell phone makers, Kyocera stands out for making nearly all of their smart phones water resistant, including the most basic phones like Kyocera Hydro series (free from Metropcs and Cricket). Kyocera DuraForce pro stands out with it’s IPX8 rating. So there are lots of android waterproof phones out there, but maybe not the one you want with tip top specs though.

    • Frank Bank

      lots of wager resistance in the phone world my android pay hasn’t paid my wages in two months and I want my wagers! on a for real though if my zte axon fell in the toilet I’d probably just flush it anyway. but yeah it should be more important than dual speakers but I guess not

    • joseph carmine nero

      How are Sony phones anymore overpriced that crapple or sammy phones?

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    • Lim Ming Quan

      Overpriced? When Samsung and Apple are more expensive? Whatever helps you sleep at night.
      And there’s a rumour going around that Sony can’t activate the fingerprint sensor in the US due to some patent. It’s not like they want to get sued.

    • Brøssøvítçh

      Wager resistance? You mean anti-gambling? I want one, I hate gambling!

  • ulver982

    My Xperia Z5 Premium is a waterproof beast despite being a year old. There’s still nothing on the market that has a 4K screen. Yeah, yeah que the 4k is not needed on a smartphone comments.

    • Paul Hojda

      Even 1440p is overkill on anything bellow 5.7″. Plus your Sony doesn’t actually render anything in 4k, only pictures. So yes, 4k on a phone is just a marketing fad. Look at Sony’s new phones. They realized how useless a 4k screen is on a phone and went back to 1080p

      • ulver982

        I’m fully aware how Sony handles 4K. I’ve watched 4K video on my phone too. The upscaling to 4K is good too. I’m perfectly happy with pretty much everything else in 1080p, like you said it’s overkill.

  • The-Sailor-Man

    Note7 is scary brilliant, functional and beautiful device(we can see how the Apple supporting US media is freaked out) Alone in own category,
    If Note7 had not this defective battery issue(boom jokes are welcome), it could wipe out the leadership of Galaxy S/Edge in sale.
    BTW the media mislead you(it’s normal) again about the Note7 camera. It may use the same camera module as GS7 but there are many other things that made the Note7 camera even better.

    • noh1bvisas
      • The-Sailor-Man

        Thank for showing again how dumb the zombies are,

        • noh1bvisas

          the ones who will flock to sammy no matter what? you’re welcome.

          • The-Sailor-Man

            Samsung are the next Apple, so I have the reasons not to like them. Especially when they have the monopoly in Note category.
            But unfortunately to other OEM could make Note-like devices yet, because Samsung hold the technology. Otherwise I would kick their a$$ in this very moment.

          • Grant Ding

            If they couldn’t deliver something unique like the note everyone would shit all over them. They don’t have as stable a fanbase as Apple, because it’s way smaller, and there are many awesome android phones to choose from in every price range (except for the ultra-cheap). If i wasn’t excited to see what the S8 brings to the table, and there were other good android phones with decent water resistance (I swim competitively, so my phone can’t avoid water altogether) that had basic features like a fingerprint sensors(*cough* SONY), then I would jump ship in a heartbeat.

          • mobilemann

            no they aren’t. (google are the next apple) You have no idea what you’re talking about. But you never did.

          • mobilemann

            i can’t believe i’m agreeing with you.

        • mobilemann

          Thank you for showing all of us how dumb you are.

        • mobilemann

          yeah, you’re pretty fucking stupid.

    • Somebody

      “it could wipe out the leadership of Galaxy S/Edge in sale” no, it’s all about preferences of screen size vs single hand use

      • The-Sailor-Man

        Screen size is the ignorant’s preference
        For the normal ppl the phone size is the preference,
        and of course the biggest possible screen for that phone size manageable.
        Note7 is the sweet spot for this. It’s much smaller and even lighter than much loved by the iboys iPhone7Plus brick, that have smaller screen. Right?
        If we mention the great S-Pen functions and the great one-hand mode, you must just shut up.

        • Somebody

          I wont, and this has nothing to do with iboys, i’ve never used other than Samsung phones, and I agree at that the i7+ is a brick, but the N7, even with its curved back, is still a little too big for some ppl who don’t realy use their phone for media

        • mobilemann

          you are the “ignorant.” You’re the worst type of user, you think you know 10x more than you do. Enjoy snapchat, kid.

    • mobilemann

      you’re the problem with america in general. Samsung didn’t build an exploding phone APPLE PAID THE PRESS. And you’re the least technical user man, it’s so amazingly pathetic. Enjoy voting for trump tomorrow; guy who hates facts.

      • Nimbus

        My god you’re stupid.

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        • mobilemann

          So you think the media in the US is controlled by apple? Just wondering how dumb you actually are? Also, what do you do with your devices?

        • Brøssøvítçh

          If your god is so stupid don’t worship it anymore! Try someone elses god, maybe it’s smarter?

      • Fitzgerald42

        Paid the press..
        Nice delusion you have going there

        • mobilemann

          you realize, that i am making fun of the sailor man for thinking that, right?

  • noh1bvisas

    good thing the note 7 is waterproof – when it’s hit by fire hoses, it will be covered.

    • Grant Ding

      Um… water*resistant*? Dead joke, btw, and considering how not all fire hoses use flame retardants, you’d never use water to put out an electrical or chemical fire.

  • doode

    Came in expecting the new Pixels to take the top spot. Left satisfied.

  • Sebas Osorio

    when practically the same phone makes the top three slots

  • You’ll def need water to put out that Note 7 fire.

  • thartist

    Let me say it, let me say it!:

    Not the Pixel

  • npras42

    No LG V20? Thought it came with some military grade ruggedization.

  • Ijaz Ali

    It’s a good thing the note 7 is waterproof cause it needs frequent cool downs.

  • AppleButtPlug

    Is just me or did waterproofing phones just became a thing?

    • Well, Samsung has been doing it since the S4 Active, the S5 _not_ active had a water resistant seal, so, it’s been a few years.

      • Opposum

        Well Sony has been doing it since the original Z, well before the S4 active by Scamsung. Funny how Scamsung is almost always NOT the first to innovate anything, and the flocks believe everything amateurish fanzine sites tell em ( AA especially )

    • Kitty K

      I had the Sony Xperia z1 which was water resistant (it used flap covers over some ports) but I did test it with ports covered and it worked a treat in the bath (my testing methods are brutally realistic lol) and the Nokia 3310 I swear was indestructible!!!!! Nothing could kill that bad boy

  • Morriea

    Please, remove the Note7 from all lists of “Best” until further notice. There comes a point that a “recommendation” for this phone, until it can be proven safe, is doing the casual reader a disservice. ONE instance of an issue with someone that buys due to this recommendation is one too many. This may be reactionary, but that is not always bad.

  • EJ

    With the Note7 on the top of your list here, you need to rename the article to “Best Smartphone For Boiling Water.”

    LMAO!!!

  • Grant Ding

    Didn’t the S7 edge fail consumer reports’ water resistance test spectacularly? Or do you think it’s because they got both from a bad batch shipped to whomever they got the phones from?

  • bobbiac

    Wait where is the Moto Z?

  • Fitzgerald42

    Great, a list of phones I’d never consider.

  • Daggett Beaver |dBz|

    I’m surprised you published this. It’s a category where the Bezel and Bezel XL can’t rank first.

  • patstar5

    More manufacturers need to be on this list. It should be a standard feature for flagships. Besides Samsung the only other phone I’ve seen on this list is the CAT s60.
    Hopefully the new nokia phones will be water resistant.

  • Andris Botos

    “5 dec. 2017” AA made a time machine wtf?

    • Kitty K

      Just a jump to the left… And a step to the right…

  • Baraseal

    December 5 2017

    • Kitty K

      Put your hands on your hips, n bend your knees in time…

  • Kitty K

    Let’s do the time warp again…

  • Pradyun

    is it me or does it say -11 months on the card

  • Baraseal

    -10 months.
    cool

    • HJWdesign

      Same here

  • HJWdesign

    Is it only me, or the post’s share date is really Dec/05/2017?

  • Brøssøvítçh

    How do I remove this story from the top of tbe entire list on the AA app? I hate all of them, especially the Fony Xperia (The Plaguestation of phones). Also, the app crashes if you try and comment on any articles while running 6.0, 6.0.1, 7.0, & 7.1.1.

  • MeAI

    Is it me, or this post are apparently posted at December of 2017?

  • RichSPK

    The date on this article is December 5, 2017. That means it’s always at the top of the list in the AA app. Please correct the date.

  • MrcheGuev

    wich one should i buy between the XZ and the S7active ?

  • ReaPer

    LG V20 Awesome phone

  • pbolton70

    My deal breaker is only 32g no 64 in the US. There are still too many apps you cant move to SD card. In the year 2017 64g should be standard

  • Mohamed Noor

    this is yeah
    trashy

  • Mohamed Noor

    fuck you mother fuckers

    • Gator352

      Well then keep your mom off Craig’s list then…..

  • Yash Karapurkar

    I am shocked to see that there is no iPhone 7 in the list 😜😜😜

  • Victor Montero

    i love my new Samsung A5 2017 with water resistant IP68

  • Levi Green

    Why is it these days we are less scared of dropping our phone in the pool and terrified about dropping it around the pool? :P