T-Mobile starts selling the rugged Kyocera DuraForce PRO

T-Mobile just released the Kyocera DuraForce PRO, a smartphone that’s been available on AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon since last year. The new handset is sold for $425, and comes with a 2-year limited warranty.

Just like the Kyocera DuraForce PRO sold by other major US carriers, T-Mobile’s variant is dust- and water-resistant (IP68-certified), and can survive under water for up to 30 minutes at depths of up to 6.5 feet (2 meters). The smartphone also meets Military Standard 810G for protection against shock, temperature extremes, humidity, salt fog, blowing rain, …

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active shows off its rugged self

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is a rugged version of the Samsung Galaxy S8. We can expect the device to be certified to meet military specifications for drops and falls; the handset’s IP68 certification rating allows the unit to be submerged in water as deep as nearly 5-feet for as long as 30-minutes, and emerge unscathed. Despite all of this protection, the phone should perform just as powerfully as the Samsung Galaxy S8 does, and once again the Active is an AT&T exclusive in the U.S.

Today, a picture of the Galaxy S8 Active surfaced. The image comes from the Wireless Power Consortium, …

Rugged Samsung Galaxy S8 Active (SM-G892A) appears on User Agent String

Clumsy flagship phone owners will be happy to know that the rugged Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is on the way. A User Agent String reveals the model number SM-G892A, which is believed to be the AT&T exclusive. The Galaxy S8 Active has been rumored to have received certification for MIL-STD-810G standard compliance, which means that it can survive falls and drops that would wipe out other handsets. It also carries an IP68 certification rating for prrotection from dust and water.

If past is prologue, the specs on the Galaxy S8 Active will be the same as those on the regular version of the …

OtterBox launches rugged Call of Duty iPhone cases

OtterBox, maker of rugged smartphone accessories, today announced two Call of Duty themed cases for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 6/6s.

Part of OtterBox’s Defender Series, the new cases are obviously targeted at the millions of fans playing and enjoying Call of Duty – the first-person shooter that debuted on Windows over a decade ago, now being widely available on iOS and Android handsets (in various iterations).

Priced at $59.95 a piece, these Call of Duty iPhone cases are similar to the regular Defender Series cases when it comes to features. You’re getting a triple-layer tough case, …

Need a new rugged Bluetooth speaker? Try the LifeProof Aquaphonics

LifeProof, maker of high-quality protective cases for many mobile devices (including Samsung’s Galaxy S8), today announced its very first family of Bluetooth speakers. Called LifeProof Aquaphonics, the series includes three portable speakers of different sizes: Aquaphonics AQ9, Aquaphonics AQ10, and Aquaphonics AQ11. 

All three speakers are protected against dust, snow, and water, being able to withstand submersion in up to 3.3 feet (1 meter) of water for up to 30 minutes. The speakers are also drop-proof – up to 4 feet (1.2 meters) – and have built-in microphones for speakerphone …

The rugged Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 goes official

Samsung today unveiled another addition to its Xcover family of rugged devices, the Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4. Like its predecessors, the Xcover 4 is designed with durability in mind. The phone is IP68 certified, meaning it can withstand prolonged immersion in water at depths of up to 1.5 m, and is fully resistant to dust. Further, the Xcover 4 can sustain quite the beating and work in extreme temperatures, both low and high, as guaranteed by its US military rating (standard MIL-STD 810G).

As is the case with most rugged devices, the Samsung Xcover 4 does not offer …

Acer’s new rugged Chromebook 11 N7 is designed to withstand drops and drinks

acer-chromebook-11-n7-c731-rear-left-facing Yes, it’s true: Chromebooks aren’t for everyone. But Acer has a new Chromebook that it thinks is good for people who berate their computers (or just work in unforgiving conditions). The Chromebook 11 N7 is battle-tested and fulfills the U.S. MIL-STD 810G military standard. It can take up to 132 pounds of downward force on the top cover, with corners designed to take the blunt… Read More

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