Har­den up

Tech­nol­ogy can be tougher than you think,

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - EGuide Tech - writes Jen­nifer Dud­ley- Ni­chol­son

OLYMPUS TG- 1 Olympus, $ 499, olympus. com. au

Olympus has made all- weather cam­eras since 2003 and its new model is not only tougher but bet­ter. The TG- 1 is the tough­est snap­per on the mar­ket, promis­ing to with­stand falls from 2m, tem­per­a­tures as low as - 10C and pres­sure of up to 100kg, while also work­ing up to 12m be­low the wa­ter’s sur­face. The 12- megapixel cam­era cer­tainly sur­vived our tests and even bounced off hard sur­faces, 3- inch OLED screen still work­ing. Even more im­pres­sive are its pho­to­graphic abil­i­ties. The cam­era’s lens now sits front and cen­tre, and of­fers a wide f2.0 aper­ture to let in more light. A 4x op­ti­cal zoom, In­tel­li­gent Auto and scene modes and ded­i­cated full HD video but­ton also fea­ture.

CANON POW­ERSHOT D20 Canon, $ 399 canon.com.au

Canon’s tough cam­era looks like a toy in a scuba suit. Its un­usual de­sign, from its rounded cor­ners to its curvy side, makes it easy to grip and very easy to iden­tify as a rugged cam­era. The D20 is Canon’s only weath­er­proof cam­era and is clearly de­signed for use un­der­wa­ter. As such, this 12.1- megapixel shooter will work up to 10m be­neath the waves, as well as be­ing dust- proof, ca­pa­ble of work­ing in - 10C, and shock- proof to 1.5m. Un­usu­ally, it restarts when­ever it is dropped, mak­ing users more than a lit­tle ner­vous. Un­for­tu­nately, its lens can de­liver lens flare in bright sit­u­a­tions and the cam­era is slower than some of its peers.

LIFEPROOF IPHONE 4S CASE PICA, $ 99, pica.com.au

Peo­ple with butterfingers shouldn’t throw glass phones. Thank­fully, this unique iPhone case lets them do that, within rea­son, while pro­tect­ing its glass sides. The Life-Proof case ar­rives in two pieces and is built to mil­i­tary stan­dards, promis­ing to with­stand and pro­tect its in­ner iPhone 4 or 4S if you drop it from up to 2m. Our tests proved this. Seals around ev­ery port, from charg­ing to head­phone con­nec­tions, make it wa­ter­proof to 2m and keep out dust and mud. The 28g case adds a lit­tle bulk to the phone and its screen cover makes the dis­play less sen­si­tive to touch, on its sides par­tic­u­larly. How­ever, those fear­ing phone mishaps should ap­pre­ci­ate its skills.

INDIGO MIL­I­TARY SPEC TOUGH­PHONE Indigo, $ 129 in­dig­ot­ele­com.com.au

It calls it­self ‘‘ the world’s first float­ing mo­bile phone’’ and prom­ises to be wa­ter­proof, shock­proof and dust- proof. That’s why we made a phone call be­neath run­ning wa­ter, and re­peat­edly dropped this hand­set on to tiled floors. The tough-phone sur­vived all this pu­n­ish­ment with only barely no­tice­able scuffs. The tough-phone, known over­seas as the trades­man, is rugged and light­weight. it is also ba­sic, with no cam­era, an old- school colour screen, num­ber pad and menus, like those of early Nokia phones. This is not a phone for web surf­ing, but it has a torch light, FM ra­dio, cal­en­dar, cal­cu­la­tor and ba­sic mes­sag­ing.

MO­PHIE JUICE PACK UNIVER­SAL POW­ER­STA­TION PRO Mo­phie, $ 149.95 ap­ple. com/ au

There’s noth­ing like get­ting away from it all, if you can take your gad­gets with you. Mo­phie’s new rugged bat­tery pack seems like it was de­signed for this pur­pose, with a shock­re­sis­tant body that will with­stand wa­ter splashes and all dust ( and an IP65 rat­ing to back the claim). The bat­tery will store up to 6000mAh, or enough to charge an Ap­ple iPhone 4S more than twice, and it can switch be­tween three rates of charg­ing to en­sure even large gad­gets, such as the iPad, are fed power. Un­like other Mo­phie de­vices, it will charge most de­vices – not only those from Ap­ple. It is a bit heavy, at 220g, but it could be worth the weight. Can charge an Ap­ple iPhone 4S over two times.

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