Life may be unpredictable, but one thing’s for sure: From time to time, cellphones will plunk into puddles, pints and toilets. Or worse: They’ll tumble from balconies, get run over by your car or slip out of your pocket as you’re rappelling in the Andes. It’s the reason for these rugged phones, sure to withstand your klutziest moments.
Sony Ericsson C905
Take this hybrid mountain climbing and snap shots of the landscape as you hang off a rock face. A whopping 8.1 megapixel Cyber-shot means your shot – or video – will be crystal clear, and GPS means you can geo-tag it. $249
Military-grade casing protects this phone, but its functionality – which includes a walkie-talkie, GPS navigation and a razor-sharp screen – is the real reason to pick up this well-rounded gem. $149.95 – $399.99
ZTE Rock F165
The name says it all for this budget-friendly bad boy, which is equipped with a second, forward-facing camera – ideal for video conferences. Originally built for use on construction sites, it’s just as suited to the white collar worker with a clumsy streak. $79.99
Motorola Extreme VA76r
This hard-hat of a cell phone is water-resistant and shock proof, but it lacks the bulkiness you might expect. Drop this beast anywhere; it’ll never dent. $199.99
Samsung Rugby A836
Crafted to meet U.S. Department of Defense specifications (MIL-STD-810F) this palm-sized flip is perfect for making calls in the midst of natural disasters: It resists dusts, water, humidity, direct sunlight and extreme temperatures. $149.99
Prices and availability are contingent on service providers.
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