The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, which was released around the same time as the Galaxy S4, surprisingly got a lot of attention because of its waterproof and dust-proof features. You can literally dump the phone in the ocean and no harm will be done to your device.
As expected, this feature will become more and more in demand in the future, and we’re already getting rumors that Samsung will be releasing a variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with these “rugged” features built in— call it a Galaxy Note 3 Active, perhaps?
Such a device, which already has amazing internals, could sell very well on the market. I already wanted a Note 3, but one that is waterproof makes it even better.
It’s also already being speculated that these “rugged” features will come standard with the Galaxy S5 to be released next year. Pretty exciting, as we’re starting to see some of the awesome things that phones will be able to do in the future. Just add this to the long, long list.
If you are one of those smartphone buyers that has to look at devices other than top of the line devices like the Samsung Galaxy S 4 or HTC One due to a need for a rugged device, Verizon may have a smartphone on its way to help you enjoy the benefits of their 4G LTE network. A new render posted by @evleaks shows the new Casio Commando smartphone with support for 4G. The device is believed to be coming to Verizon in July if the on-screen image is an accurate indicator. The device is thought to be water and dust resistant and capable of surviving drops and other mishaps, although other specifications are not known.
In a not-so-veiled attempt at bringing multiple versions of the Galaxy S 4 to the world, it’s not surprising that Samsung is planning on bringing a rugged version out. That’s right folks, all of you who are prone to dropping your phone, flinging it across the room, or accidentally spilling water on it can rest easier. It’s a peace of mind knowing that you can purchase the flagship device and have it hold up against all the abuse thrown at it. According to Young Soo Kim, President of Samsung Gulf, we’re just weeks away from seeing a waterproof and dust proof version of the GS4.
As nice as that sounds, we have yet to hear about which markets will see the device or even how much it will cost. Of course we’ll know more when the device actually gets announced. Even as such, this should entice those clumsy people, myself included, into purchasing Samsung’s latest flagship device. Even if it doesn’t,well, at least it will lead to multiple GS4 beating videos being posted to the internet. I can hear the squeals of joy now.
via: Phone Arena
Sprint announced today the upcoming availability of the Kyocera Torque, a ruggedized 4G LTE Android smartphone. According to their press release, the Kyocera Torque meets the 810G MilSpec for dust, shock, vibration, solar radiation, humidity, blowing rain, low pressure, salt fog and extreme temperatures. It also meets the IP67 standards for dust, sprayed water and full immersion of up to one meter for 30 minutes. The device has a 4-inch WVGA 800×480 LCD IPS screen backed by a 1.2GHz Snapdragon dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and the ability to add microSD cards up to 32GB in size. The Torque will support both 4G LTE on Sprint’s network as well as the Direct Connect push-to-talk service. Kyocera includes their Smart Sonic Receiver technology on the device, eliminating the need for a speaker, relying instead on vibrations to transmit sound to the eardrum.
If you are interested in a device capable of surviving some severe duty, check out the full press release after the break for more information.
The Sony Xperia Go may only run Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but German site A1 decided to see if they could get it to become one with an ice cream sandwich. Dousing the Xperia Go in ice cream was only one of several tests shown in a newly released video showcasing the ruggedness of the handset. The testers “helped” the Xperia Go experience a variety of plausible scenarios, like being dropped in a pool, left in a pocket for a ride down a waterslide, or even being run over by a car. Some of the tests were more farfetched, like being strapped to a soccer ball (football?), buried in sand or the aforementioned ice cream sandwich test. Despite all the attempts to rattle the Xperia Go, it survived and worked fine showing it is worthy of the IP67 rating it carries. Check out the video after the break to see how the Xperia Go did in all of the challenges.
We recently got our hands on a review unit of the Samsung Rugby Smart, a smartphone designed for rough conditions. We immediately filmed an unboxing video and initial review but I figured I would spend a little more time with the phone to complete a proper review. While I intend to put it through the ringer, testing its dust/water/shock proof abilities, I will also be reviewing it’s ability to be a worthy daily driver. It seems that lately we have been focusing a lot of attention on high-end devices and the Rugby Smart is a nice departure from that norm. My initial instincts are that this is a device for those who don’t need the best specs and who are looking for an Android phone that won’t break the bank, or is easily broken for that matter. I spent almost a week using the phone and over the next few sections of this review I will break down its performance, durability and usability. The good and the bad..
Caterpillar Inc, perhaps better reconginsed as CAT and most famously known for being the worlds largest manufacturer of construction and engineering equipment have entered the smartphone market. It will come as no surprise to find that the B10 is a mid-range Android phone that positions itself as a rugged, heavy duty device.
The CAT B10 is fully IP67 certified meaning it’s water, scratch and dust resistant. The tech specs are relatively modest, sporting Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, a 800MHz Qualcomm processor, 3.2″ display, 5MP rear camera and a front facing camera for video calling. The B10 is expected to go on sale worldwide from May with European pricing set at €379 ($500).
All terrain phones aren’t new to Android. The Motorola Defy+ has been around for a while and Samsung recently announced the Rugby Smart. The interesting story here is to see if heavy duty experts but smartphone virgins, CAT, can challenge the Android elders.
source : THE VERGE
If you saw our initial hands-on video regarding the Sony Xperia Active then you’ll know that this phone is for the active at heart. Some have even gone on to test its ability to work while/after being submerged. Well thanks to crimi8787 there is a slew of YouTube videos putting the the phone through a whole bunch of other tests that show it’s for the extremely active at heart. He tested water-resistance by throwing it into a puddle, bludgeoning and stabbing the smartphone with hammers, screwdrivers and wrenches and finally runs the beast of a device over with a Jeep Wrangler. Sadly, an innocent potato was harmed in the making of that video.
All in all the only damage this thing received was screen damage which suggests that this phone is best for those who are rough on their phones. Hit the break below to check out the videos of these tests and let us know what you think about this rugged beast.
Panasonic has made an official announcement for their two new BizPad Android tablets that targets business consumers with a need for a “rugged strength” device while on the go. Protections the tab offers include water, dust and shock resistance to ensure your business doesn’t come to a screeching halt while you’re away from the office. Plus, expanding the device’s power is made easier with an interchangeable battery pack for those extended business activities. Additional features include:
- IC card reader/writer IC (in accordance with NFC)
- Enhanced security features
- Runs Android Honeycomb 3.2
- Optional 3G
Panasonic’s 7-inch JT-580VT Series will be available this December and their 10.1-inch JT-581VT Series should be released in January; the cost of each has yet to be firmed up.
Hit the break for the full press release.
Remember “the fitness phone” we mentioned last month, the Xperia Active? Well, it’s now available for pre order over at 3G.co.uk. The device is a match made in heaven for those exhibiting an active lifestyle. The handset sports a 3-inch capacitive touch display, a 1Ghz CPU, a 5 meg camera and will be dust proof and water resistant. It’s style meets function meets the outdoors.
In addition, there are a number of pre-loaded sports applications to suit your continuous active lifestyle. Among them are the iMapMyFitness app which works with the device’s GPS, compass, heart rate & pulse monitor and barometer. Furthermore, you’ll get Gingerbread 2.3, a 2GB micro sd card along with Bluetooth and WiFi. This thing has everything but the kitchen sink in it. Head over to 3G.co.uk to pre-order yours now for £229.99. Hit the break to check out a demo of Maria Sharapova testing the device’s waterproof capabilities and a commercial put out by Sony themselves. Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.