As the world of technology continues to offer up new gadgets for us to enjoy, smartphones are expected to retain their dominance over the mobile markets. Offering a great host of features, smartphones often come with a high price tag and this means the threat of damage and breakages is a major concern for owners. Finding the best out of the rugged smartphones is therefore a priority – but what are the toughest models on the market?
1. Samsung Galaxy
The S2 model already boasts user memory of 16GB with expandable memory card slots offering an extra 32GB alongside a thinner, sturdy design. However, rumours for the S3 suggest that a metal casing could become a standard feature of future designs, putting the Samsung Galaxy range top of the list.
The follow-up to the extremely successful GALAXY S, Samsung's GALAXY S II is a powerhouse of a smartphone in a fantastically sleek and lightweight design. Considerably thinner than the original GALAXY S and rivals such as the iPhone 4 (8.49mm v 9.3mm) the GALAXY S II is stunningly light (only 117g) and packs the latest version of Android (Gingerbread). The one feature most people will notice immediately is Samsung's best ever screen; the monster 4.27-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen runs at 480 x 800 resolution, has colours visibly brighter and more vivid than other phones, better contrast and lower power consumption, and performs superbly for gaming and watching video. Plus there's an 8.1 megapixel camera with full 1080p HD video recording, video playback at 30 frames per second and a dual-core processor, with each core running at a blistering 1Ghz for an incredibly responsive experience. The GALAXY S II comes with four hubs to help you make the most of your Galaxy S II; Social, your chatting life in one place, Readers, Samsung's new ebook reader area, Game, the easiest way to download and play the best games, and Music, with access to over 12 million tracks.
2. Nokia Lumia
Made of a smooth one piece body, this model uses curved Corning Gorilla Glass to give it the strongest, most resilient design possible. With a 1400MHz CPU, 16 GB of built in memory and 512 MB of RAM the phone performs well too.
The Nokia Lumia is a Windows Smartphone featuring an 8-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash and HD video recording, a beautiful 4.3 inch touchscren display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass, and 16 GB storage. The Lumia 900 also features XBox Live gaming, Zune music player, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth functionality. Browse the internet on lightning-fast 4G LTE speeds with the Lumia's 1.4 GHz Scorpion processor. This device is equipped with Quadband GSM and WCDMA modes supporting international use.
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3. Motorola Defy
The first waterproof smartphone, the Motorola Defy has a lot of positive attributes. The model is constructed from a combination of soft-touch plastic and Gorilla Glass – which is known for its durability. This helps to prevent the screen from being scratched whilst all openings and ports are well covered so that water is unable to reach the internal components.
The Motorola DEFY weighs 4.2 ounces and measures 4.21 x 2.3 x 0.52 inches. Its 1540 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 8 hours of talk time, and up to 432 hours (18 days) of standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies, as well as 3G network
4. BlackBerry and iPhone
According to research by Square Trade, you are least likely to drop your BlackBerry after one year of ownership. Unfortunately, a high malfunction rate on the models puts them in second position on the Square Trade’s list of durable smartphones, with the now out-dated iPhone3GS taking pole position.
5. HTC Velocity
Of course, strength isn’t all about resilience and a smartphone needs to have tough credentials when it comes to storage. Everyone knows that the attraction to smartphones lies in their apps and without enough storage space or processing power to run these your smartphone will be left redundant.
The HTC Velocity is perfect for this and offers an incredible 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage with the possibility to expand through a microSD slot. As the maximum size of some smartphone applications, such as those used by BlackBerry, is just 128KB this means users could store an almost limitless amount of these on the HTC if using similar sized programs.
This means that smartphone choice has never been more diverse and the future of mobiles is sure to see bigger and more resilient models flood the market.