For the first time in many years, mobile consumers seem to overwhelmingly approve of a next-gen Samsung flagship. The Galaxy S6 and particularly the S6 Edge are (almost) all they could have been, with metal frames (finally!), robust Gorilla Glass back covers, uber-crisp displays, powerful yet frugal processors, highly competent OIS cameras and smoother than ever software. Still, haters gonna hate. Fueling the muffled criticism, Sammy removed external storage support, shrunk down battery capacity and, above all, \u201cforgot\u201d water protection. There\u2019s no word on an \u201cActive\u201d variant on the horizon either, at least not yet, so if toilet bowl slips are your worst fear, you\u2019ll have to look elsewhere. Luckily, respectable, \u201cmainstream\u201d liquid-proof Androids can be easily found on Amazon these days. Thanks chiefly to Sony, but also Samsung, they\u2019re not as restrictive, rare and, well, crappy as a few years back. In fact, believe it or not, we had trouble narrowing down our selections for today\u2019s list. And because the final drafts are too different, we\u2019ll give them to you in no particular order. Here are the best water-resistant Android smartphones money can buy in March 2015: Sony Xperia Z3 - $534 unlocked international; $70 and up on Verizon If your gadgets keep collapsing after accidental dives into pools and, ahem, restroom commodities, who you gonna call? The veteran water-busters from Sony, clearly. The Japanese have been dishing out semi-rugged mobile products in their homeland for many years, only recently getting the idea to transport some of the magic across the borders. And it worked. Now, a slew of Western Xperias offer various degrees of shelter, and cover different price ranges and performance classes. Probably the most advanced, in every aspect, is this 5.2-inch bad boy, what with its Full HD screen resolution, quad-core Snapdragon 801 chip, 3 GB RAM, 20.7 MP rear camera and IP68 certification. IP68, for those of you not fluent in Ingress Protection code, essentially means the Xperia Z3 is \u201cdust tight\u201d (6), and all guarded against \u201ccontinuous immersion\u201d in water beyond 1 meter and 30 minutes (8). Sony Xperia Z3 Compact \u2013 starting at $420 unlocked As the name suggests, the only difference between this and the \u201cfull-sized\u201d Z3 is the footprint. Well, that, and display clarity, RAM count, and battery capacity. But what you should take into account first and foremost is the 4.6-inch 720p Z3 Compact also carries an IP68 stamp of approval. Meaning it too can theoretically lie in a body of water for hours and hours without cracking. Sony Xperia Z2 - $403 free of contractual obligations Another Sony Xperia? What can we tell you, they\u2019re the best of the best at this. And incredibly enough, the one year-old Z2 doesn\u2019t show signs of aging. The familiar-looking 5.2 incher (the Z3 is a near-identical copy on the outside) is IP58 licensed. That may sound vastly inferior to the IP68 credentials, but it\u2019s actually the same thing as far as liquid contact is concerned. Remember, the 8 designates resistance under 1 m and above 30 minutes. Meanwhile, the 5 refers to dust \u201ccollision\u201d, and entails partial protection. In other words, you\u2019ll want to keep the Z2 out of harm\u2019s way when traveling the Sahara Desert by foot. The good news is, with the Z4 close by, you can probably expect massive Z2 discounts. And at, say, $300, the 1,080p panel, quad-core S801 CPU, 3 GB RAM and 20.7 MP camera will get really hard to turn down. Samsung Galaxy S5, S5 Active and Sport \t$459 factory unlocked; $80 with Verizon, AT&T or Sprint pacts in standard variant \t$580 unlocked; $100 on-contract at AT&T in Active version \t$80 with Sprint carrier agreements for Sport model How could Samsung abandon rugged and semi-rugged functions after so much effort put in the GS5 family? It boggles the mind, but maybe it\u2019s not over yet. For the time being, your choice of a waterproof top-tier Galaxy is between the conventionally designed S5, the slightly quirkier Sport and uber-muscular Active. One very interesting tidbit is all three are IP67 authorized to deal with dirt no matter what and H2O in small doses. Specifically, up to 1 meter and half an hour. In addition to that however, the Sport rocks \u201cSide Grip enhancements\u201d for a better, stronger hold, and the Active survives transport and thermal shock, as well as solar radiation and vibration with ease. Hardware-wise, they\u2019re practically identical, featuring S801 chips, 2 GB RAM, 2,800 mAh batteries and 5.1-inch Full HD screens. Samsung Galaxy S4 Active - $420 factory unlocked Let\u2019s be sincere, the only reason this aging fellow may tickle your fancy over the S5 or S5 Active is the lower price. The thing is, it\u2019s not low enough. IP67 certified and nothing else, the 5 incher carries a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor under the hood, alongside 2 gigs of RAM and a 2,600 mAh juicer. Yawn! Kyocera Brigadier - $100 with two-year Verizon contracts; $450 outright A living legend and instant classic, the Brigadier shined in our best rugged handheld roundup back October, holding its own now despite the advanced age. With an almost extraterrestrial design language, both IP68 and MIL-STD-810G creds and respectable mid-end specs, this is so much more than a stellar waterproof smartphone. It\u2019s a powerhouse, it\u2019s a fashion statement, and it\u2019s a trend defier, looking like nothing else you\u2019ve ever seen. In numbers, it\u2019s 13 mm thick, tips the scales at a whopping 187 grams, measures 4.5 inches in diagonal, and features a 1,280 x 720 display pixel count, quad-core 1.4 GHz Snapdragon 400 SoC, 2 GB RAM and 8 MP camera. Kyocera Hydro Life - $99 for T-Mobile with no contract Unusually cheap and more \u201cclassically\u201d handsome than the Brigadier, the Hydro Life is drop-proof, shock-proof and waterproof up to 3 feet, courtesy of IP57 and MIL-STD-810G authorizations. Obviously, it\u2019s no Galaxy S6 \u201ckiller\u201d, but at $100 it delivers impressive value for money. The 4.5-inch IPS LCD screen is tolerable, at 960 x 540 pixels, the pre-loaded 4.3 Jelly Bean software\u2026 not that old, and the 1.5 GB RAM ideal for smooth multitasking. HTC Desire Eye - $419 factory unlocked Hold on, since when does HTC produce water-resistant gear? Since a few months ago, apparently, though you should probably not expect the world from the Desire Eye. The rookie stab here tends to miss the mark more often than not, and we\u2019d call this 5.2 incher anything but robust-looking. At the end of the day, it vows to withstand short immersions up to 1 meter deep, and it\u2019s also KitKat-powered, Snapdragon 801-packing and 1,080p LCD-sporting. Not the worst deal you can make at 420 bucks.