Water Calls

A spill won't kill these gadgets

For all their awesome superpowers, most high-tech devices are so vulnerable to damage from liquids that a toppled soft drink might as well be Kryptonite. It doesn't have to be that way. Hardwaremakers have lately been rolling out more products that can stand up to spills--and even take dips to shoot underwater videos.

No manufacturer is more in the swim than Sony. The company says its new flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z, can be submerged in up to 3.3 ft. (1 m) of freshwater for a half hour without risk. Available on T-Mobile, the handset is as thin as Samsung's Galaxy...

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