Sony's Vaio Xperia Z2 tablet may look like just another cookie-cutter Android tablet, but it's pool- or beach-ready. It has an IP58 rating, meaning that it's both dust-resistant and waterproof, and can survive immersed in up to 5.5 ft. of water. This is the one to take to shoot photos of fish or show a dolphin the latest video of your baby.
The tablet weighs 15 oz., has a scratch-resistant 10.1-inch HD display and comes with Android 4.4 (KitKat). Other features include a 2.3GHz Qualcomm quad-core processor and 3GB of RAM. You get 16GB of storage space for $500 and 32GB for $600.
Direct price: $500 for 16GB storage; $600 for 32GB storage
Brian Nadel is a frequent contributor to Computerworld.