10 Smartphones That Can Take a Spill, a Tumble or Lots of Dust

By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2013-06-09

Most of us have dropped our precious, delicate smartphones. Sometimes they land on carpet, sometimes on concrete and sometimes in the sink. Cracked screens, broken casings and malfunctioning operating systems short-circuited by moisture damage or dust infiltration can cause massive headaches and turn an expensive device into a useless brick. For the clumsy among us, as well as mobile users in health care, the military, construction and other rugged work environments, who need devices that can survive extreme heat, a splash in a puddle or a fall to the floor, an increasing number of smartphones will fit the bill. On the extreme end of the scale, you have seriously ruggedized handsets like Motorola's Defy+, the Caterpillar CAT B15 and the NGM Explorer, which boast some extremely strong design and manufacturing credentials. However, on the more consumer-oriented side, companies like Sony, Samsung and HTC are realizing users want waterproof capabilities so they can take their smartphones with them wherever they go without worry—or even snap some awesome underwater shots. Here's a look at 10 smartphones that can take what your life will throw at them.


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