Tech Talk Thursday: Mobile Devices Battle it Out to See Who is Toughest

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If you have ever messed up your smartphone or tablet by dropping it in water (we won’t ask) or even on the floor, you might be wondering what other devices are out there that can withstand such beatings.

Consumer Reports has the answer. The products rating experts have compiled a list of mobile devices that survive even after taking a licking. Here is a summary of the toughest of the tough.

 Smartphone: Samsung Galaxy S 5

  • can survive in about 3 feet of water for 30 minutes
  • Active model is shock-resistant

Digital camera: Olympus Stylus TG3

  • waterproof to 50 feet
  • can withstand a drop from 7 feet

 Tablet: Sony Xperia Z3 compact tablet

  • designed to survive in several feet of water
  • can withstand dust and dirt

Action cam: Ricoh WG-M1

  • waterproof to 32 feet
  • shock resistant
  • cold resistant

Wireless speaker: TDK Life on Record A33

  • not meant for swimming but has a weatherized chassis to protect from water


You can check Consumer Reports on their website, or for UCF patrons, go the Hitt Library’s website.

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