There’s no better time than the present to unleash your inner nomad, and you can bring your adventure-proof devices with you. Whether you’re looking to get into shape or simply explore, this is your chance to hike, kayak, cycle or get soaked under a waterfall without having to leave your phone at home.
Connecting with nature is a chance to unplug, but don’t be on such a high horse that you refuse to take your handset. Staying mobile means you always have a way of reaching out in case you get lost or need assistance — not to mention you can fit all the useful apps that make the outing more fun right in your pocket.
The problem is, phones aren’t always so resilient against the elements: water, dust, humidity, drops. But, good news: You can turbo-charge your gadgets to help make them invincible…or at least much safer.
Whether it’s accidentally falling into the toilet or being submerged in a lake, some phones are designed to survive. Take, for example, Samsung’s Galaxy S7. Forget water-resistant; it’s waterproof — its latest batch, that is, according to Pocket-lint. The internal coating on the hardware keeps it especially protected, which means you can take your phone and snap underwater pictures of sharks (or tamer sea life).
Meanwhile, Motorola’s Droid Turbo 2 is supposedly shatterproof. After being dropped from 900 feet in a test earlier this year, it remained fully functional. So in case you want to make some hefty jumps across rooftops, this is the phone for you.
Another rugged option is the Kyocera Brigadier, capable of surviving for 30 minutes under 6 feet of water. It’s also highly resistant when it comes to scratches, dust, shock, humidity and the like.
If you’re not quite ready to give up on your existing smartphone, slap a case on it — but not just any case.
The U.S. Military knows a thing or two about being tough. The Tank, with its rugged polycarbonate exterior, cushioning silicone interior and retractable screen, is designed to meet the military’s standards — and it can sure take a beating. Rain, sand and shock got nothing on it. It is, after all, The Tank.
For iPhones, The LifeProof Nüüd is a heavy-duty performer that can waterproof and shock-proof your device. But here’s the really cool part: It doesn’t cover the touchscreen!
In addition to iPhones, Catalyst makes excellent waterproof and impact-resistant cases for iPads and laptops, in case that’s your idea of unplugging.
The last thing you want to do in the middle of nowhere is lose power. That’s why you might want to consider bringing along an assortment of “powerful” products like Anker portable batter packs, a solar charger by companies like EC Technology, Innoo and X-Dragon, or a hand-powered backup lithium battery pack like BoostTurbine 2000. That way, you’ll never run out of power. And, when you’re not using it, consider keeping your phone on airplane mode to preserve battery.
Now go and explore with your adventure-proof devices, and come back to let us know they did.