If you are anything like me, you’re probably willing to spend a lot of money to find the best tablet. That typically means an Apple iPad or a high-end Android slate. Still, despite how amazing those devices are, they have some obvious limitations. For instance, most Android tablets and no iPads are waterproof.
Think about that for a second since it makes little sense. Tablets are a combination of your smartphone and PC that you can take anywhere. The mobile nature of a tablet means it is usable in most scenarios… yes, including at the beach, by the side of a pool, in the rain, in the snow, in your kitchen, and in your bathroom.
Not making tablets waterproof means using a regular slate like an iPad in any of those scenarios is a risky experience. Add the fact you pay hundreds of dollars for the iPad, then it’s probably a risk you don’t want to take. Does that mean your tablet stays in the hotel when you go to the pool on vacation?
The good news is the answer is no. Sure, high-end tablets like the iPad are amazing machines, but you don’t need to make a trade-off. You can have a fully functioning tablet that is also watertight, and below we’ll choose some of the best options.
Waterproof vs. Water-Resistant
Before reaching our chosen devices, it’s probably best to cover the difference between something that is waterproof and water resistant. Many people will confuse water resistance and waterproofing believing something with resistance to water is completely waterproof. That’s not the case, so it’s important to read the production details of your tablet.
A quick way to look at the difference between waterproof and water resistance is as follows:
Water-resistance means something can withstand getting splashed or to get surface wet, while waterproof means the product can be fully immersed in water.
Best Water-Resistant Tablets
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active PRO 10.1
Many people want a device like the iPad because it provides one of the best tablet experiences. It is a high-end laptop replacement that provides excellent performance when streaming movies, playing games, being productive, or just browsing. For a waterproof tablet combining ruggedness with high-end capabilities, Samsung Galaxy Tab Active Pro is a good option.
It boasts Samsung’s Wet Touch Mode, which enables the touch screen to operate at peak performance even when it is wet. If you want a tablet for the swimming pool or bathroom, the Galaxy Tab Active Pro can be submerged in a meter of water for up to 30 minutes. As an added bonus, the accompanying S Pen is also rated IP68, which means it is just as waterproof as the tablet.
Customers looking for rugged durability alongside water protection will be happy to see what the Galaxy Tab Active Pro delivers. In fact, it is MIL-STD-810G Certified for drops, vibration, rain, shocks, sand, mud, water, freezing, thawing, dirt, dust, humidity, and extreme temperatures. Add a 15-hour detachable battery, flagship specifications, and a sleek design and you have arguably a complete tablet experience.
Vanquisher 8-Inch Industrial Rugged Tablet PC
Windows 10 tablets have never taken off as consumer products. Yet, as enterprise tools, they provide valuable mobile computing capability. In many industries, workers are entering harsh weather conditions and need to get their jobs done. An all-weather tablet like the Vanquisher Industrial is perfect for those conditions.
It comes with Windows 10 Enterprise, but don’t ignore this tablet if you are a non-enterprise user. In fact, it is more like a complete PC experience in the palm of your hand… one that will also handle being used outdoors and getting wet. It is not as powerful as Samsung’s Active Pro tablets because Windows 10 is more resource hungry than Android. However, for most users, the Vanquisher Industrial is more tablet than they will need.
In terms of waterproofing, the device gets IP67 sealed housing & MIL-STD810G standard certification. That means it can be submerged in water, while also vibration, shock, drop, liquid, and dustproof. It’s also worth noting this device will run full Win32 desktop applications, something an Android tablet or iPad will not do.
MobileDemand Flex 10A
One compromise with a rugged tablet is weight. Watertight and drop-proof tablets tend to be hefty slabs that you can feel in your bag when heading on vacation. However, MobileDemand aims to change that perception with Flex 10A, a fully rugged slate that does not trade against being light and compact.
In fact, this thin tablet weighs in at just 2.07 pounds, making it easier to carry. Clearly, it’s not an ultra-light iPad Pro but is a big step in the right direction for rugged tablets. Fortunately, it also does not compromise on durability thanks to its shock resistance, allowing for severe drops without causing damage.
However, it is interesting to note that this tablet is only rated for water-resistance. So, you can allow it to get splattered from rain, but it won’t handle being submerged in water.
Delphin Micro Tablet
Something of a curveball choice because the Delphin Micro looks more like a wearable or MP3 player. Still, the company says this is actually a mini tablet, which also happens to be watertight.
We’ll let you decide if that categorization is correct. What is in less doubt is the obvious advantage of this device… its portability. This is a tablet you can take anywhere, even for a swim in the ocean or pool. Want something to use in the shower or bath, here’s the device for you.
You can submerge the device and listen to music and podcasts. Though, screen features like watching movies or browsing are limited, hence the confusion over what this product is. Yet if you’re looking for something ultra-portable for your vacation, this is clearly a solid option.
Keeping your tablet safe from the elements is something necessary for many people. Whether you just want peace of mind when streaming a movie near a swimming pool or need a rugged device for your work environment, a waterproof tablet is the answer. Each of the options above provide that protection but are different enough to fill different requirements based on what you may need your tablet to do.