If you're the kind of person who often drops your phone in water and prays to the phone gods for forgiveness, a waterproof handset might be worth your while. The $130 (as of August 22, 2012) Kyocera Hydro on Boost Mobile won't turn many heads with its modest performance and humble design, but it will stand up to a few accidental spills or splashes.
Kyocera claims that the Hydro can survive in a meter of water for upwards of 30 minutes, and it passed my own submersion test with flying colors. There's a water-tight cover for its microUSB port and 3.5mm headphone jack, and the back panel snaps shut with a rubber gasket. The Hydro also has an EcoMode feature that lets you adjust settings like Bluetooth, syncing, and display brightness in order to conserve battery power at a predetermined level of charge. There's also a battery status app that displays your remaining charge and how much power each of your apps is using.
The phone runs on a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 processor, and while simple tasks such as navigating its five home screens or playing swipe-heavy games like Temple Run were responsive, more complex actions took a little longer to complete. I also noticed a little lag when trying to enter messages with the preloaded Swype keyboard and scrolling through my music library using Android's Play Music app. The 3.5-inch 480x320 HVGA touch screen was crisp and clear, though the colors on HQ YouTube videos and wallpapers looked a bit grainy.