Posts tagged with: rugged
  • by | August 22, 2013 1:45 PM

    I’ve learned that there are two things about being a smartphone-and-tablet reviewer. The first thing: you get to handle awesome gadgetry days or weeks ahead of its official release date, and you’re not just allowed to use the heck out of it; you need to, in order to do your job. That’s the awesome thing. The other, less-awesome thing: you eventually have to give it all back. Empty Nest is a recurring column discussing what I miss -and what I don’t- about the devices I’ve had to return. • I was chest-deep in Walden Pond, holding my Lumia 1020 above my head to capture a shot ...

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  • by | July 29, 2013 9:40 PM

    Not long ago we unboxed and showed off the hardware of the NEC Terrain for AT&T. But you weren't content with just that, you wanted to see us abuse it. Some people might call me "soft". I have a desk-job. I drive a Prius. Other than the goatee, on the outside I'm not what most people would call "rugged". While that may be what most people see, I also build stuff. I get my hands dirty. While I won't claim to be as rugged as others who do really hard work every day, I can certainly value the benefits of a good, durable smartphone that I won't have to worry about breaking. Luckily, the ...

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  • by | July 19, 2013 11:11 AM

    NEC doesn't have a substantial presence in the Android market today. However, with its new device, the NEC Terrain, NEC makes a bold statement, billing the rugged device as "the World's most SOLID smartphone". The Terrain is rated IP-67 for dust and water immersion; and Military 810G for shock, extreme temperatures, and salt fog; yet it still manages to cram a push-to-talk button and QWERTY keyboard inside its rugged shell. As far as specifications are concerned, the first thing you'll want to note is that it comes with a somewhat dated version of Android: Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4. The ...

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