The Note 9 is still the best waterproof Android phone you can buy

Over the years, water resistance in phones has gone from being a luxury reserved only for top-end phones to a standard feature that’s expected of almost any even remotely expensive model. In the tail-end of 2018, the Galaxy Note 9 is still the best waterproof phone on the market for most people, but there are plenty of alternatives to choose from.

Our pick

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

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The Galaxy Note 9 isn’t just the best waterproof phone — it’s one of the best overall phones money can buy. It packs everything from wireless charging to a massive 4000mAh battery, dual cameras, a remote control S Pen, and even a headphone jack — all without a notch. The Note 9 has a seemingly endless list of features, both in hardware and software, and can even act as a makeshift desktop computer using DeX through an HDMI to USB-C adapter.

$892 at Amazon

Runner-up

Google Pixel 3/Pixel 3 XL

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The Pixel 3 represents the best of Google’s software, but the hardware is no slouch, either. That IP68-rated exterior holds the same muscle as almost every other high-end Android phone with a Snapdragon 845 chip and 4GB of RAM. Add in front-facing speakers and one of the best cameras on any phone you can buy today for a great water-resistant experience! Many have said the Pixel takes Apple’s iPhone approach and keeps things simple and running smoothly, and we have to agree.

$799 at Google Store

Best for videography

LG V40 ThinQ

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Besides being “waterproof,” the V40 has some other really great features. Video capture is second to none with LG’s Cine Video mode, top-shelf mobile audio components make the V40 sound almost as good as your stereo at home, and its triple camera array gives you a ton of versatility when shooting. Samsung isn’t the only one holding onto standards like expandable storage and a headphone jack — in fact, the LG V40’s Quad DAC offers the best wired audio experience around.

$950 at Amazon

Best outside the U.S.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

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It’s tragic that the Mate 20 Pro isn’t available in the U.S., because it’s one of our top-rated Android phones. Between blazingly fast performance, an in-display fingerprint sensor, and super-fast 40W charging, the Mate 20 Pro has a lot to offer, and of course, it’s IP68 certified. Like the LG V40, it has three cameras, and they’re absolutely incredible — this is easily one of the best phones around for photography. It also comes in absolutely stunning colors, so you’ll never get tired of looking at it.

$1,000 at Amazon

Best for one-handed use

Samsung Galaxy S9

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If you want most of the features of the Galaxy Note 9 but don’t want a massive, two-handed device, the S9 has a nearly identical spec sheet, along with the same curved glass design and even the exact same camera sensor. Of course, it’s IP68 waterproof, too. With a 5.8-inch 18.5:9 display, the Galaxy S9 still isn’t a small phone by any means, but it’s much more manageable than the Note 9, without compromising on features or specs. You won’t get the S Pen, but you’ll still enjoy the same great software experience and a fantastic camera.

$624 at Amazon

Best S9 alternative

LG G7 ThinQ

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If you’re looking for something similar to the Galaxy S9 — in other words, a well-rounded flagship with no major flaws — the G7 is a great option to consider. It’s nearly identical to the V40 in terms of specs and software, with a much lower price in exchange for sacrificing the third rear lens. Honestly, the ultra-wide angle lens is all you need anyway. On top of being waterproof, the G7 has water resistance, microSD expandability, and an upcoming update to Android 9 Pie.

$678 at Amazon

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better waterproof phone than the Galaxy Note 9, but here’s some great news: ingress protection is all but mandated in a flagship phone these days, so when you’re looking for a good waterproof phone you can pretty much just choose whatever phone catches your eye — with a few exceptions like the OnePlus 6T, which is technically water resistant to some extent but bears no official certifications.