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    Sony's one of those rare smartphone manufacturers that really seems to have a great sense of design identity; while from across the room you might struggle to tell an LG phone from a Samsung model, an Xperia handset is unmistakably Sony's. It's also been keeping on top of hardware advancements, delivering flagships like the Z2 that compete on even footing against other Android heavyweights this season. In some respects, Sony's even been a bit ahead of the curve, being one of the first manufacturers to really embrace waterproofing on its devices. But for all it does right, Sony has still ...

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    Confession time: I've destroyed a review unit or two in my day. I lost a brand-new LG flagship in the back of a cab once. During a durability test late last year, I did enough damage to an LG G Flex that we ended up having to buy the thing from Negri Electronics. And just a couple weeks back, you all saw me accidentally drown an Xperia Z1S at the tail end of a feature video. But while most of the incidents above were excusable (the Z1S wasn't my fault, and we were expecting to eat the cost of the G Flex anyway), my time spent with Samsung's Galaxy S 4 Active was a different story. Because ...

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    Being that smartphones very rarely leave our sides, even the most ruggedized ones can incur a small amount of damage over time. Sometimes, that damage can be much, much worse. While contact with the elements – especially water – can be fatal to your handset, every smartphone still has an Achilles' heel: glass. Whether you paid $30 for a Lumia 520 on sale to upwards of $1,000 for your smartphone, no phone is entirely shatter-proof. I've seen Mil-Spec phones get shattered, as well as a Nexus 4 drop a few inches onto a tabletop to spider webbing on the back glass. That hasn't stopped some ...

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    Update: T-Mobile has responded to our request for clarification. The press material accompanying this device was incorrect; there is no OIS on this unit. The camera movement we saw is a result of the camera's autofocus system. Pocketnow regrets the error. When we first laid eyes on the Sony Xperia Z1S last month at CES 2014, we weren't exactly blown away. Not because there was anything wrong with the device -its specs were great and its glossy glass construction was just as fetching as it had been on the Xperia Z1 we'd reviewed some months before- but because there wasn't much to set it ...

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    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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    Just because we're not reviewing the CAT B15 doesn't mean we're not trying to squeeze some knowledge from its unyielding aluminum-and-plastic chassis. We've already shown you what comes in the box alongside the $349 Android smartphone; now it's time to see how the oddball from Caterpillar stacks up against the competition in the U.S. waterproof-smartphone space. That means we're putting it head-to-head with the Galaxy S 4 Active from Samsung, whose review was received enthusiastically by our readership last month, and the Kyocera Torque for Sprint, which we repeatedly threw in the snow and ...

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    Growing up on sailboats gives you a few useful skills. You learn to stand on wobbly ground a little better than your friends, to duck quickly without asking questions, and you learn to appreciate beer from a can, rather than a fragile and unwieldy bottle. You also develop a heightened affinity for electronics that can withstand the occasional sea spray or temporary dunk: on a boat, a waterproof phone can be a real lifesaver - particularly if it's not saddled with the added bulk of a case. My first such device was the Motorola V950 Renegade, a flip dumbphone from Sprint that catered to the ...

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    We've handled it at its official London debut, even dropping it into a tank of water. We've unboxed our very own demo unit, graciously provided to us by the exclusive launch partner, AT&T. And we've given that demo unit the Quick Review treatment, stretching the limits of the word "quick" with 2500+ words and a full video review. The Galaxy S 4 Active might not have gotten the full-court press the original got, but we did our best to make it a dense seven days of coverage. As the week winds down and some of you folks get ready to take to the smartphone store with your Friday paycheck ...

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    One of the up-sides to Samsung's "try everything once" approach to doing business is that it lets the company nimbly and swiftly crank out variations on a theme. Want a Galaxy S 4, only smaller? You got it. Want a Galaxy Camera with a phone attached? Done. Want the world's craziest tablet/notebook hybrid? If you say so. What if your ambitions are tamer, though? What if all you want is an Android smartphone with flagship specs and an ability to withstand life's little "oops" moments? Shouldn't someone (besides Sony) be able to churn one of those out in, like, a jiffy? Meet the Galaxy S 4 ...

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    Waterproof phones? Seriously? Why would we ever need waterproof phones and tablets? Have you ever had your phone just stop working? If so, you're not alone. The next step is usually a trip to one of your carrier's stores or kiosks to see what your options are. The first thing they'll do is check the "moisture indicator", and no matter how careful you've been, or even if you swear that it's never been in the same room with anything wet, you're out of luck, they'll usually come to the conclusion that you've subjected your phone to water and any warranties that you thought you had are null ...

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    When Motorola announced the Atrix HD, I did everything I could to get it, and I did. I know many of you are not fans of the RAZR, but it was the first GSM RAZR available, which is what works where I live. I didn't want it because of its design, or the Kevlar, or the call quality, I just wanted it because of its Nano coating. I run as a hobby, and I sweat more than the average man, so for me it's always peace of mind to have a phone that I don't have to worry about getting wet. Sadly the Atrix HD is only splash proof. It can get wet and not become affected, but it's not like if you can use ...

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