A gadget's durability is never guaranteed. Thanks to planned obsolescence and unplanned clumsiness, a device can break, crack, or be dismantled in the blink of an eye. A good protective case for your favorite gadget can go a long way toward saving your device and easing the anxiety of casually dropping it.
There are various cases available that offer maximum protection for your smartphone, but few claim to be shock-proof from 100,000 feet. G-Form Xtreme cases provide the durability phone manufacturers put on the back burner for the sake of sleek design. G-Form offers an impressively wide variety of lightweight and shock-absorbent cases, available for various tablets, laptops, and smartphones.
If a waterproof phone is what you desire, but you're on a budget, the Kyocera Hydro Edge is an affordable option. Like most other swim-friendly phones, the device can survive in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. It's not the best waterproof handset for data speeds or phone quality, but it'll allow you to take your calls in the shower.
Durable headphones are the best splurge for a music-loving athlete. BlueAnt's Pump HD Sportsbuds are waterproof Bluetooth headphones that snugly fit in your ear. Working out with headphones can often be uncomfortable and awkward with bouncing wires or slippery earbuds, but this BlueAnt pair addresses all of those nuisances through a well-fitting, wireless design.
The Hero3+ carries on the GoPro tradition with some of the best-quality video you can get from an action cam. Its waterproof housing can support underwater diving up to 131 feet (40 meters), and it's also shock-proof, as well as dustproof.
Hailing from the same company that makes heavy-duty construction equipment, the Cat B100 is a simple tough-as-nails phone that can stand up to dirt, water, and dust. It sports a thick rubberized casing, metal accents, port flaps, and heavy screws securing the back panel in place -- features that help it stand up to the elements. It can survive a 6-foot drop and will stay functional while submerged underwater for up to 30 minutes.
The Silicon Power Armor A15 is impressively fast and durable. It comes in 500GB and 1TB storage capacities, can survive a drop of up to 4 feet, and is protected from vibrations or dust by its rubber shell. Unfortunately, the drive isn't waterproof, but if you're a butterfingers or work in a rough environment, it's a speedy and affordable portable storage choice.
Don't be confused by its new name; the Ricoh WG-4 is a worthy predecessor to Pentax's long line of rugged point-and-shoot cameras.
Ricoh is keeping that waterproof, dustproof, and shock-proof line of cameras alive, and adding a few mount accessories to tap into the same market as GoPro. In addition to the WG-4, Ricoh is offering a cheaper version, the WG-20, for outdoorsy types on a budget.