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7 Gadgets That Will Survive a Trip to the Beach

If your summer vacation plans include a trip to the beach, you'll probably want to bring some tunes or a book to keep you occupied, and a camera to capture the fun. But a number of gadgets don't play nice with sand and water; one big wave can ruin a device that cost you hundreds of dollars.

Luckily, more and more phones, cameras, and ereaders are now water-resistant or waterproof. So if you're heading to the beach soon, make sure you pack one of these devices.

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    JBL Charge 3

    The JBL Charge 3 is an outdoor-friendly portable Bluetooth speaker that packs a considerable bass punch for its size and price. It's offered in black, blue, gray, red, and teal, with an IPX7-rated water-resistant shell.

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    Jaybird X3

    The gym-friendly Jaybird X3 wireless earphones deliver high-quality audio in a comfortable, secure-fitting design. The eartips are sweatproof and small enough to fit under helmets, making them ideal for exercise—or just lounging on the beach.

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    Olympus Tough TG-5

    . The Olympus Tough TG-5 is a go-anywhere camera with a fast lens, speedy response, and 4K video. It's more expensive than previous iterations, but Olympus rates it for use as deep as 50 feet underwater, states that it will survive 7-foot drops and 220 foot-pounds of pressure, and work in temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit. It's an Editors' Choice for waterproof digital cameras.

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    GoPro Hero6 Black

    The GoPro Hero6 Black looks exactly like last year's Hero5 Black. The big changes are inside. A new image processor, the GP1, makes it debut here, and gives the Hero6 some incredible slow-motion video options, bumps the maximum 4K frame rate to 60fps, and adds solid video stabilization. It's more expensive than last year's edition, but it's the best action cam we've tested, and our Editors' Choice in the category.

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    Amazon Kindle Oasis

    If you don't mind paying a premium, Amazon's Kindle Oasis is the waterproof ebook reader you've been waiting for. We smeared our Oasis with chocolate syrup and rinsed it off (don't use soap). We dropped it in a sink full of water, and we took it in the bath. The screen has to remain dry while you're reading, because water can trigger the touch response in unexpected ways. But this is one place that the physical page turn buttons come in handy, as they let you turn pages with wet hands.

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    Fitbit Versa

    The Fitbit Versa offers just the right blend of smartwatch and fitness-tracking features for a reasonable price. It's waterproof up to 50 meters, or 5 ATM, meaning it's safe for both the pool and shower.

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    Samsung Galaxy S9

    The Samsung Galaxy S9 puts the latest LTE bands and a great low-light camera into a smaller form factor than the S9+ for the best one-handed phone right now. It's IP68-certified water resistant, so it can withstand a splash when you're trying to snap photos of the kids playing in the waves.

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