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Rugged phones no longer look like rocks

by Maisie Marr (2020-12-30)

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Let me guess: You're still carrying a phone you're terrified of dropping. Even though the new iPhone 12 passed our scratch and drop test with flying colors, thanks to its ceramic shield screen, Apple still recommends using a case. So you cocoon it in an add-on case, maybe with a finger loop for extra safety, and end up with a package that makes a mockery of your "thin" phone. If so, it's time to consider one of the new breed of rugged phones, which range from slim to attractively chunky. They all have built-in drop-and-dunk resistance, no case needed. And they typically offer a slew of useful features no  phone can replicate. If you think the typical phones have become universally boringly excellent, you're right -- so prepare to be excited all over again.Read more: Best waterproof camera for shooting underwater video in 2020

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For example, the Samsung XCover Pro and Cat S52 lay claim to being the lightest and thinnest rugged phones, respectively (though the Cat S52 is only Samsung XCover Pro

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