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CAT S22 Flip is a rugged Android phone in old-school clamshell guise

CAT S22 Flip is a rugged Android phone in old-school clamshell guise

The flip or clamshell phone design has gone the way of the dinosaur, but there is still at least one company that makes them. Not only has Samsung been launching a flip phone for China and South Korea year after year after year, its Galaxy Z Flip even puts a modern and hi-tech spin to the old school form factor. Compared to those, the rugged CAT S22 Flip looks almost negligible, but it has a few important perks that make it worth a second look, especially if you're in the market for tough-as-tanks phones.

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Panasonic Toughbook 55 MK2 refresh brings Thunderbolt 4, dual SIM support

Panasonic Toughbook 55 MK2 refresh brings Thunderbolt 4, dual SIM support

The majority of the laptops we cover here revolve around models designed for the consumer market, whether casual computer users, gamers, or anything in between. Those, of course, aren't the only ones that need portable computers, and those who work in industrial areas or field operations aren't well-served by this class of notebooks. Panasonic's TOUGHBOOK line has long catered to that market, and the latest Toughbook 55 MK2 brings the popular rugged laptop up to spec.

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Panasonic Toughbook G2 fully rugged two-in-one can survive in the field

Panasonic Toughbook G2 fully rugged two-in-one can survive in the field

Surviving a workday in the field is something that can be challenging for many laptop computers. Having to operate all day in hot, dusty, and often wet conditions is not ideal for most computers on the market. Panasonic has revealed a new Toughbook G2 for the US and Canada. It's a fully rugged two-in-one detachable tablet with an optional keyboard that features a modular design and user removable expansion packs.

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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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