Gadgets That Just Won't BreakBy Molly K. McLaughlin | Print
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Review Roundup: These rugged devices can withstand drops, bumps, and even a good soaking.
Were you the type of kid who broke toys pretty soon after they came out of the box? Or maybe you just go through eyeglasses, camera, phones, and music players with abandon. Even if you're not like this at all, you probably know someone who fits this sad profile. Perhaps they're a student returning back to campus or a business person that is constantly on the go. Although most gadgets are built to withstand normal wear and tear, only a few can survive harsh exposure to the elements. Well stay tuned, because we've dug up and appropriately abused the following rugged devices.
Our mobile phone expert put Sprint's Nextel i580 phone through the wringer and grudgingly concluded that it is "nearly indestructible". Sascha dropped it, spiked it, froze it, threw it from a second-story window and at last resort, ran it over with a carseveral times. The hearty i580 and all its functions survived, despite a few bruises. Also impressive is it's big feature set. The phone comes with a bright screen, impressive sound, Bluetooth, a camera, GPS, and even MP3 capabilities.
For those who prefer listen to your tunes on a dedicated MP3 player, there aren't many rugged options out there besides sporty models with low storage capacity (less than 1 GB). But as a rule, flash-based players, like the
And speaking of large quantities of water, the
Last but not least, don't forget to protect your laptop. Most likely the most expensive mobile device you own, laptops also house lots of important data, including music, pictures, and personal info. And laptops can be rugged. The
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