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Cat S31 rugged phone packs a big battery and small screen

Cat S31 rugged phone packs a big battery and small screen

Cat has announced an update to its S30 rugged smartphone: the S31. This model tweaks the popular ultra-durable handset, building upon elements that are important to consumers including battery capabilities. The phone targets adventurers are much as its does construction workers and others who work in dangerous environments. The phone is designed to withstand a variety of abuses, including drops, water, dust exposure, and more.

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AdventureUltra portable battery with AC adapter: like a mobile wall plug

AdventureUltra portable battery with AC adapter: like a mobile wall plug

The folks at myCharge make a battery called AdventureUltra that outputs to USB and AC adapter. This monster has a battery capacity up to 13400mAh, and it's made for camping. Of course you can use it anywhere, as over the last few weeks I've tested and confirmed. It's a lifesaver when I'm working on a bus or making a trip across the country in a car with no outlet.

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Galaxy S8 Active for T-Mobile Band 71 coming soon

Galaxy S8 Active for T-Mobile Band 71 coming soon

Carrier exclusivity no longer seems to be like what it was used to be. Never mind the fact that you can sometimes buy an unlocked model from the OEM itself, sometimes carrier exclusives are exclusive only for a limited time. That does seem to be the case for the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, whose lineage used to be exclusive to AT&T. An FCC document, however, shows that the rugged flagship might be coming to T-Mobile and will even support its new boasted LTE band.

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Here are all the Galaxy Tab Active 2 details, pictures you’ll need

Here are all the Galaxy Tab Active 2 details, pictures you’ll need

Once a dime a dozen, Android tablets have all but vanished from the market, save for the few cheap, lesser known brands. That is why, in some way, the Galaxy Tab Active 2, which has yet to be even acknowledge, is a tad interesting. It doesn’t hurt that the tablet does have a mixed bag of features, stuffed inside a mid-range slate. If there were still any confusion about what the rugged tablet brings to the table, this latest leak dump probably answers them all.

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Galaxy Tab Active 2 will have this unusual feature

Galaxy Tab Active 2 will have this unusual feature

Android tablets aren’t exactly the hottest mobile devices these days. They might not have been for quite some time. There has been very little major changes, innovation or otherwise, to these large slabs over the years, aside, perhaps, from the odd Lenovo Yoga Book. It seems, however, that Samsung might have something up its sleeves soon. The Galaxy Tab Active 2 might not exactly be the most premium of Android tablets, but it will have at least one feature no other tablet has, be it Android, iOS, or Windows.

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Casio GZE-1 action camera looks like part of Iron Man’s armor

Casio GZE-1 action camera looks like part of Iron Man’s armor

You have to give Casio props for its latest camera. While most smart camera's are almost literal black boxes following GoPro's initial design, the GZE-1, a.k.a. the G'z EYE, looks like something straight out of a movie set. Iron Man fans might see some similarities in one of the super hero's props, but Casio's faithful customers might also see some resemblance to the company's G-SHOCK sports watches. That's no accident either, because the G'z EYE is, for all intents and purposes, the G-SHOCK EYE action camera.

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Nokia 8 happily continues the brand’s rugged legacy

Nokia 8 happily continues the brand’s rugged legacy

Nokia was popular and, at the same time, notorious for its smartphones that were veritable bricks you can sometimes throw at would be assailants. That was, however, in the distant past, when phones were less smart and less fragile. With the return of the brand to the smartphone market, sans Microsoft, each model seems to be met with the same question: will it bend? Of course, JerryRigEverything just had to put the new Nokia 8 to the test to see if it is indeed Nokia's most powerful, both in specs and in form.

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The iPhone 8 is tougher than it looks

The iPhone 8 is tougher than it looks

One of the perceived problems of smartphone OEMs switching to glass both back and front is their durability. Glass is, after all, perceived to be more fragile than metal or even plastic. The keyword here is “perceived”. Not all glass are made equal, especially not the glass used in smartphones. And, as JerryRigEverything’s triple stress test of the iPhone 8 shows, the addition of glass may have actually helped make Apple’s latest smartphone even sturdier than ever.

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Galaxy S8 Active shatterproof screen is also not scratchproof

Galaxy S8 Active shatterproof screen is also not scratchproof

There seems to be a new trend in smartphone screens these days. And, no, we’re not referring to the shrinking bezels on smartphones. It’s the trend, or rather the consumer realization, of phones with “shatter-proof” screens make a huge sacrifice in another department, trading scratches for durability. That was true with the Moto Z2 Force and seems to be the case with the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active as well. The difference, however, is how the two companies seem to be handling the matter.

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Galaxy Tab Active 2 is an unexpected mid-range tablet

Galaxy Tab Active 2 is an unexpected mid-range tablet

Way back in 2014, Samsung announced a somewhat unexpected tablet. While rugged tablets weren’t exactly rare even back then, a rugged tablet in 8-inch size and a “ C Pen” stylus definitely was. That was the Galaxy Tab Active, pictured above, which was pretty much a mid-range affair. Despite the tablet market regarded to be in a slump, Samsung is surprising us again with a successor to the 2014 slab, which keeps the size and the screen but bumps up what’s inside. Meet the soon to be Galaxy Tab Active 2.

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Essential phone’s claim of toughness put to the drop test

Essential phone’s claim of toughness put to the drop test

JerryRigEverything's Zack Nelson is perhaps best known for his torture test of every notable new smartphone that comes to market. But for scientific purposes, he refuses to do drop tests because he considers them to be too random and have too many variables to become a scientific test. That said, there are just some phones that are so special that Nelson feels obliged to make an exception. Almost fittingly, one of those is Andy Rubin's Essential PH-1, a phone advertised to defy all expectations. And not all of them in a good way.

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See the Galaxy Note 8 scratched, burnt, bent in an array of entertaining tests

See the Galaxy Note 8 scratched, burnt, bent in an array of entertaining tests

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was subject this week to the inexplicably popular master of smartphone destruction JerryRigEverything. This $1000 phone is scratched with an array of gradually-harder tools made for scratching. The Galaxy Note 8 is burned with a lighter. This phone is bent back and forth with excessive force. All in the name of entertainment.

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