Over the years, water resistance in phones has gone from being a luxury reserved only for top-end phones to a standard feature that's expected of almost any even remotely expensive gadget. In 2019, you really can't go wrong with any of these waterproof phones, like the excellent Galaxy S10+.

Most well-rounded: Samsung Galaxy S10+

Staff pick

The Galaxy S10+ isn't just the best waterproof phone — it's one of the best overall phones money can buy. It packs everything from wireless charging to a massive 4100mAh battery, triple cameras, and IP68 certification. The S10+ has a seemingly endless list of features, and Samsung's new One UI is designed to bring elements from the top of the display closer to the middle, making it easier to use one-handed.

$1,000 at Amazon

Best software: Google Pixel 3/Pixel 3 XL

The Pixel 3 represents the best of Google's software, but the hardware is no slouch, either. That IP68-rated exterior holds the same muscle as most other high-end Android phones, with a Snapdragon 845 chip and 4GB of RAM. Add in front-facing speakers and one of the best cameras on any phone you can buy today for a great water-resistant experience! Best of all, the Pixel 3 will be the first phone to run Android Q.

$599 at Google Store

Great for videographers: LG V40 ThinQ

Video capture is second to none with LG's Cine Video mode, top-shelf mobile audio components make the V40 sound almost as good as your stereo at home, and its triple camera array gives you a ton of versatility when shooting. The V40 also has LG's amazing Quad DAC for superb wired audio, along with IP68 protection against water and dust.

$800 at Amazon

Great for artists: Samsung Galaxy Note 9

With an IP68 rating, the Galaxy Note 9 is just as water resistant as the newer S10+ and boasts a massive 6.4-inch QHD display. There's a Snapdragon 845 chipset inside, a great big 4000mAh battery, and yep, this one has a headphone jack, too. It also touts Samsung's mighty S Pen, which now features remote operation to control your phone without ever touching the screen — this is great for remote shutter photography and music playback.

$791 at Amazon

Worth importing: Huawei Mate 20 Pro

It's tragic that the Mate 20 Pro isn't available in the U.S. because it's an incredible phone. Between blazingly fast performance, an in-display fingerprint sensor, and super-fast 40W charging, the Mate 20 Pro has a lot to offer, and of course, it's IP68 certified. Like the LG V40 and S10+, it has three great cameras that switch between standard, telephoto, and ultra-wide perspectives.

$823 at Amazon

Best for one-handed use: Samsung Galaxy S10e

If you want most of the features of the Galaxy S10+ but don't want a massive, two-handed device, you're in luck. The S10e has an identical spec sheet and even the same cameras — sans the telephoto lens. Of course, it's IP68 waterproof, too. With a smaller 3100mAh battery, you won't get the plus-sized version's incredible endurance, but in just about every other right, you're getting the same experience for hundreds less.

$749 at Amazon

What do these ratings actually mean?

While no phone is truly waterproof, there are varying levels of water resistance to keep in mind when comparing different phones. Every model in this list is rated IP68, which denotes full dust resistance and allows the phone to survive up to 30 minutes in as much as two meters of water. Other phones may be rated IP67, offering the same dust protection but only half the submersion depth at a single meter.

You may also occasionally see IPX7, which protects against one meter of water but doesn't guarantee protection against dust. Some phones, like the OnePlus 6T, are water resistant to some extent but not officially IP-certified. This means it'll probably survive if you get caught in the rain or accidentally drop your phone in the sink, but you shouldn't test your luck, since you're unlikely to get very far with customer service if the water damage indicator inside the phone gets wet.

On that note, while water resistance is a great feature to have, it isn't a guarantee from the manufacturer that your phone will survive any and all immersion. Especially if your phone gets badly cracked or the water sealant inside gets damaged (this typically happens when removing the back for repairs), liquid can still seep in and ruin your phone — so take the regular precautions with your phone, even if it's IP68-certified.

Most phones are water resistant these days

Whether you buy the Galaxy S10+, the Pixel 3, or the Mate 20 Pro, you'll be getting an incredible phone that's backed by the same IP68 certification. Even if none of these phones speak to you, though, here's some great news: ingress protection is all but mandated in a flagship phone these days, so the next time you're shopping around, you can pretty much just choose whatever phone catches your eye.

If you're shopping on a tighter budget, don't worry — there are still some options worth considering with at least moderate water resistance. The Moto G7 may not be IP68-certified, it has a "water repellent P2i nano-coating" that protects it from like splashes. Even the Moto E5 Play is is splash-resistant; while phones within this price range are less likely to have ingress protection, there are certainly options out there.

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