Most people look after their gadgets like their offspring. But, if you are the rugged type, we have a list of what we call as monsoon gadgets that are going to be the perfect companion for you any day of the year, be it a sweaty jog in the park to a dive into the swimming pool.
To be called waterproof, electronic devices have to be IPM (Ingress Protection Marking) rated, which specifies the degree to which the device is protected against water and dust. The well-known Xperia Smartphones are IP58 rated where 5 denotes protection against dust, and 8 denoted protection against water (higher means better).
Cameras that are waterproof and suitable for all types of weather conditions (including sub-zero temperatures) have been there for a quite some time make for, unlike smartphones that are recently being launched in the market.
In our list of the monsoon gadgets is the Nikon Coolpix S32 which is ideal first camera for kids and for a price tag of Rs. 6,950 is an absolute steal. It is a basic point-and-shoot camera which is waterproof (33ft/10m), freeze proof (-10°C) and shockproof (5ft/1.5m).
For higher prices segments, you can pick Pentax WG10 (Rs. 13,800), Nikon Coolpix AW110 (Rs. 16,950), Nikon Coolpix AW120 (Rs. 17,950), and Olympus Stylus TG-2 (Rs. 20,300) – all of these are water, freeze and shock proof. Not only that, most of these also support full HD video recording and inbuilt GPS to location tag your adventures.
Earphones and MP3 player
It’s raining cats and dogs but you cannot enjoy your music because your earphones would be dead in a splash of water. Well, not anymore! A variety of monsoon gadgets earphones are offered by Sennheiser – PX685i, PMX685i, OCX685i (all costing Rs 5,990), CX685 (Rs 5,490) and MX685 (Rs 3,790), that can be rinsed under tap water after a sweaty workout.
Also available are Philips SHQ3000 Earhook (Rs 1,999), Audio Technica ATH-CKP200 (Rs 1,799) and the Klipsch Image S4i Rugged (Rs 6,337).
To compliment these water resistant earphones, we have the Sony NWZ-W273 Walkman MP3 player that you can use even while swimming! The Walkman comes with 4GB inbuilt storage and is priced at Rs. 6,490.
It is quite heartbreaking, if you lose your precious data due to some sort of hardware failure. That’s why it makes sense to invest in HDDs and pen drives that are not prone to mechanical wear and tear.
IPX7 rated Adata’s Dashdrive Durable HD710, which is built with a rubberized exterior is both shockproof and waterproof, and the rating means that you can leave it submerged in up to 6 inches of water for 30 minutes and it won’t harm the data. The HDD is priced at Rs. 5,880 for which you get 500 GB of storage.
Also available is ioSafe Rugged Portable (1TB/Rs 21,000) that’s been certified to be not only waterproof, but it is ChemSafe, meaning that the data is protected for immersion in diesel fuels, aircraft fuels and hydraulic fluids too.
For more pocket able options, we have CoRs air offers two pen drives. The CoRs air Flash survivor is built with aircraft-grade anodized aluminum and is waterproof for immersion upto 200m thanks to a rubberized seal, is priced at Rs. 2,400 for 16 GB, and Flash Voyager GT is available for Rs. 6,300 for 64 GB storage.
Other options include Adata S107 (32GB/Rs 1,900) and the Transcend JetFlash 810 (8GB/Rs 765), all of which come in waterproof rubberized casings.
And last but not the least, Smartphones. After all, smartphones are the top-most priority of the users during monsoons (after umbrellas of course) and the monsoon gadgets list will be incomplete without covering this important factor.
WickedLeak Wammy Neo is an octa-core handset that can survive submersion in water thanks to its IP67 rating. It comes with AquaProtect technology — a liquid repellent coating that’s applied to the inside and outside of the device. The device is priced for Rs. 11,990.
SXtreo WP61 is easily one of the most rugged smartphones available to the Indian market. The device is IP68 rated, is housed in a solid rubber casing and can even survive drops from a height of up to 4ft/1.2m, is available for a price of Rs. 22,496.
The popular offerings from Motorola, the Motorola’s Moto E (Rs 6,999), Moto G (Rs 12,499) and Moto X (Rs 23,999) also claim a similar ‘nano’ coating that is supposed to protect the devices against water splashes. Although they would survive the monsoon much better than other devices out there, but since these do not carry an IP rating, we wouldn’t recommend you to take them for a swim.
At last, in the premium smartphone segment, we have Sony Xperia Z (Rs 30,990), Xperia Z1 Compact (Rs 36,990), Xperia Z1 (Rs 41,990) and Xperia Z2 (Rs 49,990) handsets, all of which carry and an IP58 rating and the latest Samsung flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S5 (Rs 51,000) carries an IP67 rating.