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Motorola Defy rugged phone made by Bullitt

Motorola Defy rugged phone made by  Bullitt

Motorola's smartphone range is admittedly diverse, seemingly aimed at so many markets that it defies definition. One class of phones, represented by the DROID and Force models, is designed specifically to weather the forces of nature and human fallibility. The latest incarnation of that rugged spirit is the unusually-named Motorola Defy, perhaps one of the first fruits of Motorola's new partnership with the Bullitt Group, the same people behind CAT's and Land Rover's equally rugged phones.

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Panasonic Toughbook S1 makes other tablets look positively restrictive

Panasonic Toughbook S1 makes other tablets look positively restrictive

A new Panasonic Toughbook S1 was revealed this week for those workers in search of a rugged Android slate. This is not the sort of device you purchase for yourself for using at home on the couch at night. It's the sort of device whose worth comes MOSTLY in how hardcore it is, specifically when it comes to how much of a fall onto concrete it can handle, and how well it can operate under a variety of temperatures. If you're the sort of person who needs a tablet in sub-zero and entirely too-hot weather - this is the one for you.

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Mophie’s latest portable batteries can jump-start your car

Mophie’s latest portable batteries can jump-start your car

Mophie has added four new portable batteries to its Powerstation range, but while they'll happily charge your phone, the ruggedized line-up is also intended to jump start your car or truck too. Dubbed the Powerstation Go Rugged series, each has the USB ports you'd expect to see, but can also deliver up to 12V / 600 Amps for when your car battery has gone flat.

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Cat S62 Pro rugged Android phone gets a US release price

Cat S62 Pro rugged Android phone gets a US release price

Cat Phone's ruggedized S62 Pro smartphone has arrived in the US, offering a tougher option if you're prone to dropping devices or smashing screens. Announced last year, the new Android handset packs midrange specifications into a seriously resilient casing, without necessarily looking like a rubber brick at the same time.

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Apple Watch “Explorer Edition” with rugged case reportedly in works

Apple Watch “Explorer Edition” with rugged case reportedly in works

Apple is reportedly considering a rugged Apple Watch, a tougher version of its watchOS wearable that could better target buyers into extreme sports or who simply prefer the aesthetic of that market. The current Apple Watch Series 6 is water resistant to 50 meters, though its display cover glass is as susceptible to bumps and cracks as most day-wear watches.

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Samsung Galaxy XCover 5 ready for rugged phone future

Samsung Galaxy XCover 5 ready for rugged phone future

The next Samsung smartphone is the Galaxy XCover 5, revealed for the first time this week. This device works with some of the most modern smartphone features and abilities and has a rugged exterior for protection against the elements and everyday hardcore life. It's not the most extravagant device in the world - but it doesn't need to be!

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Galaxy Xcover 5 leak spills almost all the beans

Galaxy Xcover 5 leak spills almost all the beans

While most of the focus has been on Samsung's high-end and expensive flagships, the smartphone maker naturally caters to a wide range of customers and markets. That includes the market for rugged smartphones whose needs and budgets differ greatly from consumers. These also come with less than impressive specs, as far as regular smartphones go, but the Galaxy Xcover 5 will at least come with a price tag that would endear it to its target audience.

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Rugged Panasonic Toughbook 33 2-in-1 gains faster connectivity

Rugged Panasonic Toughbook 33 2-in-1 gains faster connectivity

One of the things Panasonic is known for is making rugged computers that slot into the Toughbook family. One of the best-selling Toughbooks that Panasonic makes is the Toughbook 33, a fully rugged 2-in-1 computer. Panasonic has announced that it has updated the Toughbook 33 to better meet the needs of mobile workers in extreme conditions.

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Motorola teams up with CAT phone maker Bullitt for a rugged lineup

Motorola teams up with CAT phone maker Bullitt for a rugged lineup

At this point, Motorola's strategy in the smartphone market seems to be best described as "throw everything at a wall and see which sticks." Its phones are all over the place, from an expensive foldable to a handful of mid-range phones to budget-friendly entry-level handsets. As if that weren't enough, Motorola has entered into a partnership that will create yet another line of Motorola phones that might not actually bear Motorola's DNA inside.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3 rugged tablet brings its pen and LTE to the US

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3 rugged tablet brings its pen and LTE to the US

Samsung is bringing its newest rugged Android tablet to the US, and while the Galaxy Tab Active3 may not be as sleek as a Galaxy S21 Ultra, it's a lot more welcome on work sites and in warehouses. Announced last year, the toughened tablet meets not only IP68 dust and water resistance standards but MIL-STD-810H ruggedness ratings too, meaning it should be more resilient to drops, immersion, and more.

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Doogee S96 Pro Review: Rugged Android Phone

Doogee S96 Pro Review: Rugged Android Phone

We've reviewed our fair share of smartphones through more than a decade, most of them conventional while a few outliers to end up in our hands from time to time. Although by no means unusual or rare, rugged smartphones aren't exactly a staple in the consumer market, often reserved for industrial customers, nor do they often spark curiosity beyond their thick, rugged frames. Some do try to stand out from the crowd with some extra feature or utility. The new Doogee S96 Pro definitely fits that bill and we give it a hard look to see there's more to it than meets the eye.

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GoPro HERO9 Black released with “folding fingers” and a front-facing display

GoPro HERO9 Black released with “folding fingers” and a front-facing display

Today the GoPro HERO9 Black was revealed in full, at long last. This new version of the GoPro camera works with the ability to capture 5k video and 20 megapixel photos. This device is able to capture video with the newest in GoPro HyperSmooth 3.0 video stabilization (with in-camera horizon leveling). This device has a front-facing display so you can use it for most anything - webcam and livestreaming action included.

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