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    It's a chunky smartwatch with understated looks that's built for action. And we're finally seeing the ship date and price tag on it. Let's re-introduce you to Nixon's first Android Wear smartwatch, the Mission. It's one of the first to come with Qualcomm's wearable-dedicated Snapdragon 2100 chipset along with 10 ATM (100m) water resistance. The 400 x 400 circular AMOLED screen can be used with wet fingers. There's GPS, a microphone, thermometer, altimeter, barometer, an e-compass, gyrometer, accelerometer and a humidex sensor on this beast. While you may shirk at the omission of a heart ...

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    The second series of Apple Watch has been announced. It runs watchOS 3 and you can literally swim with it. Like most water-resistant watches, the Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition are rated for 50 meters of ingress. With any device that has a speaker, this is where the main ingress concerns are as a speaker requires air to propagate sound. Apple has redesigned the speakers to push water out if any gets in. Swimmers also get two workout modes in Apple Health. The Apple S2 system package includes a dual-core processor that's 50 percent faster and a GPU that provides ...

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    Consumer Reports put the Galaxy S7 Active — a phone that should be able to withstand water immersion "up to 5.0 feet for up to 30 minutes" — to its water immersion test. It failed. It put another Galaxy S7 Active to its test. That one broke, too. The magazine decided that it could not recommend the phone to its readers. Samsung released a statement in light of that aversion, reading: The Galaxy S7 active passed rigorous tests to ensure IP68 certification for water resistance. Samsung stands behind this water resistance certification, and will replace any Galaxy S7 active under its ...

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    Add "waterproof" to almost anything in tech and you probably would not get much of a complaint. Now add in the value component: are you going to be able to save money and keep liquids out of these circuits? Oh, and feel good about your purchase? Well, if you're living on a shoestring or just need a better burner phone for your needs, AT&T has a GoPhone for you. The Kyocera Hydro SHORE has Android 5.1, a five-inch display, is ingress rated at both IPX5 (water spray) and IPX7 (1m submersion for 30 minutes), and its touchscreen can be operated while wet. It runs on a Snapdragon 210, has ...

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    Another day, another Note 7 leak, though this one was apparently removed from the Weibo account it came from. More evidence, slightly doubtful with the deletion, but still evidence that the Galaxy Note 7 will have a curved screen version. If you're looking for a little harder proof, though, look to Indian import-export database Zauba which has picked up some components in the past few days. The tightest focus goes to the back glass panels in that they are "waterproof". It's another bit of reassurance that we'll see an improvement we found in the Galaxy S7 carry over to the Note 7. Whether ...

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    The Galaxy S7 Active is rated to survive under five feet of water for 30 minutes. That's what IP68 is supposed to mean. And yet, apparently, two Galaxy S7 Actives couldn't take the testing process of customer advocacy magazine, Consumer Reports. The outlet put one device into a water tank under 2.12 psi of pressure to simulate conditions just short of five feet underwater. After 30 minutes, the team found a damaged display, air bubbles visible in both of the cameras' lenses and a borked touchscreen. A second device subject to the same conditions led to a flickery screen and more water in ...

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    So, what have you heard about the iPhone 7 Plus? Dual cameras? Check. No headphone jack? Uncheck. iOS 10? Most defs. But what about water-resistance? That's been a maybe for a while now, but now we're talking about some wireless charging. That's according to one supposed employee of iPhone assembler Foxconn, who snapped a quick picture of a presentation slide on the iPhone 7 Plus. Presentations have been known to use media renders, so we shouldn't take much consideration there, but the major bullet points here are the water-resistant body and the wireless charging. Rumors have been ...

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    He did it so we didn't have to (ruin a review unit and get Sony representatives on our tail). One young Zaryab Khan — known as xeetechcare on most internet platforms — decided to take his Xperia X for a little dunk in "real water" and not the "fake water" that, apparently, his YouTube commenters thought he had. Take our advice, kid: you don't need those commenters. Khan decided that the Xperia X, not rated for ingress protection unlike the Xperia X Performance, would get a two minute-swim to see if it would sink — in more ways than one. The phone's screen never turned off during ...

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    How durable is your phone? Or better yet, how confident are you in your phone's ability to survive daily lifestyle abuse? Do you use your phone "naked", or is a case a mandatory accessory when leaving the house? We're seeing some progress with manufacturers advertising more durable build quality for consumer facing devices. No longer just the ultra-tough construction site gadgets, many flagship phones now champion improved drop protection or enhanced water resistance. We currently have the Galaxy S7 Active in house to review, and that's a perfect time to revisit the topic of "ruggedness". ...

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    So, you're on the jobsite or off the road. If you need to be connected and capable beyond what, say, a Galaxy S6 Active (or Galaxy S7 Active) can afford, well, hopefully you have that beefy, cased-up laptop with you. Well, that's the capable part down, but what about being connected? Keep in mind that you're still in rough and tumble territory, here. Well, AT&T is about to release the Unite Explore. It's the first mobile Wi-Fi hotspot with an IP65 rating and that meets the MIL-STD-810G standard. That's good to protect the device from four-foot drops, light-pressure water jets and dust. ...

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    There are plenty of teardowns out there of the hottest Android device out there. But if you really don't want to look out there to find out what's really going on in there, we've usually come to trust the folks at iFixit to tell us what's up, what's repairable and what will break once you even think to touch it. The Galaxy S7, which takes a lot of form from the S6, has the same general approach to its unmasking: heat the back glass panel and removing the adhesive — now in black as opposed to white, probably a sign of water resistance reinforcement. Also helping along in achieving the ...

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    Samsung made a really well-received move when it brought water resistance back to this year's flagship pair, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. Sure, your average user may not go out and take advantage of that protection every day, but it's sure nicer to have than not, especially when dealing with unanticipated dunks. Generally speaking, the Galaxy S7 handles its water resistance with aplomb, keeping the phone safe without needing any bulky, awkward port covers safeguarding things like the phone's micro USB interface. Everybody knows that water and electricity don't mix, though, and it ...

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    Last year Samsung focused on making their phones "pretty" at the expense of features like a removable battery, MicroSD card expansion, and water resistance. In answering user criticisms, two of those three lifestyle features will be returning for the Galaxy S7. With all of the crowds surrounding displays on the MWC 2016 show floor, it's difficult to get up close and personal with every device, but Samsung reps gave us a short private tour so we could go hands on with their newest flagship phones. Thankfully they remembered to bring a small fountain, so we could observe the IP68 water ...

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    We've already found one Windows 10 Mobile device fit for business at MWC this year, why not grab another one? Panasonic, the creators of the cameraphone (emphasis on camera), has just launched the Toughpad in both Windows 10 Mobile (FZ-F1) and Android 5.1.1 (FZ-N1) flavors. The company's very used to making its Toughpad devices — we last covered two of them in 2013. Both phones come running an advanced version of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 801 chipset at 2.3GHz. That engine powers a 4.7-inch 720p screen and is assisted by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. What really matters on these devices ...

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    Samsung is less than a week from launching its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge smartphones in Barcelona, so of course it would be getting its ducks ready. And the media is just picking them off like they're on the Super Nintendo. Samsung Indonesia has prepped a landing page for "The Next Galaxy" to drop on and in it, there's a slide that forebodes "WORRY-LESS DISCOVERY." A corner of the device is exposed by light in the picture behind some air bubbles. Putting two and two together, we're fairly certain that we have at least a water-resistant device coming from the chaebol next week. Maybe ...

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    Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are absolutely beautiful smartphones … but they're also absolutely impractical for anything resembling a sporty lifestyle. Enter the Galaxy S6 Active, a heavyweight version of the 2015 flagship built to take tougher treatment and last longer on a single charge. We covered the differences between them in a comparison last week; now, after seven days, it’s time to render our final verdict. Does the Galaxy S6 Active correct the problems faced by its two Active forebears? Is it worth considering over its well-regarded siblings in the S6 ...

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    An unadulterated, high-end, rugged, flagship smartphone. That's the sort of thing that makes some tech enthusiasts weak in the knees, including our own Michael Fisher. Inherently, smartphones have become more fragile over the years as priorities have changed – both within the walls of the manufacturers and the personal preferences of the average consumer. We want bigger screens, thinner chassis, better cameras, faster CPUs, more memory and storage, larger speakers, longer battery life, and more connectivity options, like LTE-A, NFC, Qi, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi ac, etc. We want all these ...

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    "Water proof" and "water resistant" mean the same thing, right? Apparently that's what Archos CEO Loic Poirier thought -- he was wrong. Poirier was happily showing off his new phone -- a Quechua -- which is advertised to French hikers and mountain bikers. He tossed it on the floor. No problem! Then, with cameras rolling, he found a glass jar, dropped the phone in, and started to fill it up with water. The phone is rated at IP54 and advertised as being designed to "withstand the most demanding outdoor conditions". When Poirier tried to turn the phone on, while still submerged, he got no ...

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