Whether you're at the local beach or backpacking in the caves of Vietnam, having a phone that can withstand the elements isn't only practical, but will also give you that added peace of mind.
Let's face it, many of us have either lost, or nearly lost, a handset due to an accidental dunk in the pool or a tumble on the sidewalk. To make sure you can avoid this next time, CNET rounded up some of our favorite waterproof or rugged devices that'll let you take on the outdoors (or the next pool party) with a little bit more ease.
Let's begin with the Sony Xperia Z, a handset that impressed us last month during CES 2013. Sleek and sophisticated, the Xperia Z shows us that you don't have to be a clunky handset to be waterproof (though they do exist and you'll see some on this list that we like). It also packs a zippy 1.5GHz quad-core S4 Pro processor, a 13-megapixel camera, and a vivid 5-inch screen.