Griffin Survivor cases

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 providing the durability phone manufacturers put on the back burner for the sake of sleek design.

Griffin offers its Survivor line of cases for a wide variety of devices, including popular tablets and smartphones. With internal foam pads and bumper-like cushioning to protect from dropping, the waterproof cases are great at shielding your device from minor accidents.

Read a full review of the Griffin Survivor cases for tablets here.

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Sony Xperia Z Ultra Google Play Edition

The Sony Xperia Z2 Ultra is one of the most the most high-end products on this list, yet it still provides a water, dust, and dirt-proof build.

The Google Play Edition of the Xperia Z2 offers a pure Android OS and powerful internals -- if you can afford it.

Check out more water-resistant smartphones here, or for a full review of the Sony Xperia Z2 Google Play Edition click here.

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JVC Adixxion

Need an action cam for recording your upcoming vacation -- or just your usual hijinks? The JVC Adixxion is a small GoPro alternative that shoots 1080p video. It's also shock, water, dust, and dirt-proof.

Read more about the JVC Adixxion here.

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Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

No stranger to releasing durable cameras, Olympus refreshed its TG-3 camera with superior macro modes. This means you can take great up-close shots of the ocean floor! Or flowers -- those are still cute, too.

Read more about the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3 here.

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Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung offered a rugged version of the S4 smartphone, but smartly included all of the waterproof and dustproof goodness in its new flagship phone, the predictably named Galaxy S5.

Like the Galaxy S4 Active, the S5 can take a 3-foot dive for up to 30 minutes, meeting the IP67 standard. For accident-prone techies, this built-in durability is an answered prayer.

Read the full review of the Galaxy S5.

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Braven 855S Bluetooth speaker

Bluetooth speakers come in all shapes and sizes, and this Braven model doesn't quite break the mold, but it can take a spill. It's a little expensive, but good quality audio doesn't come cheap.

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Phillips Dot

If you want a rugged speaker, but are looking for something portable, the Phillips Dot is a smaller alternative. It's tiny, with a modern design and performance good enough to liven up your day-to-day activities.

Read more about the Phillips Dot here.

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Silicon Power Armor A15

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.

Read the full review of the Silicon Power Armor A15.

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IoSafe N2

The IoSafe N2 NAS server is the virtual equivalent of a safe. It can withstand submersion under water for three days and 1,550 degrees up to 30 minutes. If you got some serious stuff to save, the N2 is one of the most disaster-proof NAS servers out there.

Read a full review of the IoSafe N2 here.

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