A gadget's durability is never guaranteed. Thanks to planned obsolescence and unplanned clumsiness, a device can break, crack, or dismantle in the blink of an eye. A good protective case for your phone can go a long way to save your device and ease the anxiety of casually dropping it sometimes.
There are various cases available that offer maximum protection for your smartphone, but few claim to be shockproof from 100,000 feet. G-form Xtreme cases provide the durability smartphone manufacturers put on the back burner for the sake of sleek design.
G-force has lightweight, shock-absorbent cases available for various tablets, laptops, and phones, including the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Apple iPhones. For even more rugged iPhone 4/4S cases, click here.
Sony introduced a pair of new Xperia smartphones earlier this year and, although yet to be released, they have earned a spot in the slideshow thanks to their sleek, durable, water-resistant designs.
The Sony Xperia Go -- which will go by the name "Xperia Advance" in the U.S. -- and Xperia Acro S are rugged smartphones that highlight durability as a feature, instead of an accessory to be purchased. The Android phones are resistant to dust, water, and scratches and sport mineral glass screens that support wet finger tracking.
Sony also offers the waterproof Xperia Z tablet, which boasts a similar thin and sleek design. Read more about Sony's Xperia Go and Xperia Acro S smartphones here.
If you like the idea of a less stylish, rugged smartphone, CAT's B15 may be up your alley. CAT is usually recognized for its construction and mining equipment, but the company's latest smartphone's durable build is worthy of attention.
The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean phone meets iP67 standards, meaning it's dustproof and waterproof up to 1 meter in depth for 30 minutes, and it can endure up to a 6-foot drop, as well as extreme temperatures.
In addition, the phone features a 4-inch Gorilla Glass screen and is constructed using hardened rubber and aluminum. The B15 has yet to be released in North America but is expected soon. Read more about the CAT B15 here.
The Kyocera Torque is another rugged smartphone that highlights build quality over stylishness and is currently available on Sprint's 4G LTE network. The phone ships with Android 4.0 and is up to IP67 standards.
As the first phone in the U.S. to feature Kyocera's Smart Sonic Receiver Technology, instead of a visible in-ear speaker, ceramic inducers transmit sound waves from inside of the phone and through the cartilage of the listener's ear. This is meant to amplify audio quality and clarity even in noisy conditions.
The Torque's lackluster 4-inch 800x480 resolution display could use a moment of force itself but considering the long list of extreme conditions the phone can endure, including blowing rain, low pressure, solar radiation, and salt fog, it earns its bold name.
Reliable performance and a reasonable price make the Torque the best rugged smartphone available but, considering CAT and Sony's upcoming releases, it might not stay that way for long. Read the full review here.
The Pentax Optio WG-3's aesthetic yells "Are we there yet?" with its rugged, adventure-ready exterior. The WG-3's 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, full 1080p HD video, and 4x optical zoom are average for a compact camera, but in this case it is the body's purported build quality that impresses.
According to Pentex, the camera can endure extreme temperature conditions and is dustproof, waterproof up to 45 feet, shockproof from 6.6 feet, and crushproof up to 220 pounds. If that isn't enough, it has a F2.0 aperture, making it adaptable to low-light situations. Also, for up-close macro shots, six LED lights around the lens uniformly light up to illuminate the subject.
Pentax's Optio WG-3 purportedly offers improved image stabilization and better low-light performance over its predecessor, the Pentax Optio WG-2. Unfortunately, despite the upgrades made to the WG-3, when it comes to rugged cameras, the quality of the build often surpasses the quality of the photos.
The thoughtful and durable design of GoPro cameras is geared toward recording fun excursions and extreme adventures. My personal lack of interesting hobbies doesn't give me the chance to use a GoPro for anything cool -- unless you consider a time lapse of me in my dimly lit living room, watching the new season of "Arrested Development," and eating an obscene amount of pizza, worthy of public spectacle. Sound interesting? Didn't think so.
For those spending their time more creatively, the GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition records 1080p full-HD video and shoots photos up to 12-megapixels. The small, lightweight camera is protected by a polycarbonate exoskeletal housing and is shockproof as well as waterproof up to 60 meters. The Black Edition of the GoPro Hero 3 has Wi-Fi capabilities, improved low-light performance, and a faster processor than other models.
GoPro cameras capture unique perspectives and their small, durable design beg to be mounted on a helmet or handlebars. Unfortunately, they don't appeal to the average consumer. You would be making a terrible mistake if you purchased one to record a family function. For a full review click here.
The Amazon Kindle Fire HD is a great tablet for various reasons, but little did we know, durability is one of them. The 7-inch Kindle Fire HD is one of the most resilient Always On torture test victims and has earned its spot as a durable tablet after everything Molly Wood put it through.
Amazon doesn't advertise the Kindle Fire as water resistant or dropproof but it survived spills of various nature, as well as extreme temperatures, and survived to tell the tale. Or rather, survived to let Molly read a tale on it. That being said, buying a protective case is still a good idea. For a full review of the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD, click here and for more torture tested tablets, click here.
Portable hard drives are delicate and, according to Dong Ngo, the perfect size to throw at someone in a fit of anger. Dong makes a good point and recommends the Silicon Power Armor A15 to supplement your portable storage and anger management needs.
The rugged Armour A15 is impressively fast, comes in 500GB and 1TB storage capacities, can survive a drop from up to 4-feet, and its silicon body protects it from vibrations or dust. Unfortunately, the drive isn't waterproof, but if you're a butterfingers or work in a rough environment, the Silicon Power Armour A15 is a speedy and affordable portable storage choice. Read the full review here.