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The Samsung Galaxy S6 Active is essentially a rugged version of the Samsung Galaxy 6 with a better battery, so I think that would be well suited to your needs. A review of the S6 Active is here. If that is above your price range, apparently CAT makes phones now: http://www.catphones.com/ The S50 actually seems like a decent phone at a reasonable price, so ...


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Thinkpads are pretty much your best choice here. I'd go for a basic, mainstream series like T series (over the X series or the W series), since they're a bit more reasonably priced. I'd go with a model without nvida graphics, simply cause a simpler model has less things to fail. I've run R series (the old 'cheaper' version of the T series) for years, and the ...


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I would recommend Lenovo Thinkpad W520. As you probably know, Lenovo purchased the IBM personal computer business and the ThinkPad brand in 2005. T43/p & T60 were one of the last IBM-designed units. Note: I own this laptop and it is just my personal view. I faced with a similar choice - solid workstation that will last for years. I bought it as an off-...


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I, and my son, both have Samsung Galaxy S4 Active and its survived all the things you were wondering about. You can get them at a very reasonable price on the worlds largest online vendor but make sure you get one that is compatible with your phone provider. You probably don't need the extra features that come with the S6 and if you manage to destroy a $200 ...


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No specific laptop model recommendations, but heres a few tips. If you want the laptop to be able to run most programs made 10 years down the road, you'll want to pick up a newer model than a ThinkPad(Assuming you're running Windows). So.. Pick a model with newish hardware(specs). Commercial-grade laptops with anti-theft features will more often be ...


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For programming the most botlenecking happens, when the content of RAM gets dumped to pagefile. So the priority should be at least 8 GB of RAM (especially with VMs - if you ran two, 16GB would be better), next the SSD - in my experience, the processor does not bottleneck while programming as much as IO operations. I would consider Lenovo B50-80 family of ...


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We use the HP Z Books at work for Solidworks/Ansys, they perform surprisingly well, we compared them to existing HP Z800 desktops and they were as fast/faster in tests relevant to our work (solve times, rendering, etc). You're limited to 32GB Ram and 2 512GB SSD's + Blueray/DVD, but depending on your requirements that may be sufficient. They weight around ...


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The upcoming Moto X Force is the phone that sounds like the perfect fit. It has been announced for release in the US and will be released in other countries starting mid-November. Specifications 5.42" QHD screen 2GHz 8-core Snapdragon 810 processor 3GB RAM 64GB of expandable storage IP68 certified – dust and water-resistant up to 1.5 meters and 30 ...


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I have no specific brand to recommend, but I have a comment on laptop component failure.. One of the main causes of laptop death is the eventual failure of the video cable that passes from the lower case body into the upper lid. In most laptops this is a tiny cable approximately 1-2mm in diameter with about 20 individual hair-sized conductors crammed ...


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So far I haven't found anything that beats my Thinkpads X201s and a 14" T61 (4:3 aspect ratio) for my own needs (mostly programming as well), so I'd recommend that. They're pretty cheap nowadays on ebay. Anything more recent will have a ridiculously short screen (they call them "wide" for the gullibles) which means you need to get a bigger and heavier ...


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The real problem is that the difference between an external hard drive and an external hard drive enclosure is whether or not there's a drive in it. Most of the manufacturers sell the enclosures separately, and those enclosures have little-to-no shock absorption when dropped. This is because an HDD is intended to be a stationary form of media. SSD have no ...


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I would look at Skross products. They they offer a wide choice of country travel adapters: https://www.skross.com/en/products/country-travel-adapters and they seem well aware of the need for grounding. They have adapters designed to support energy-intensive appliance like drillers. Their assortment also includes truly universal (worldwide) adapters for ...


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The best mouse I ever owned, and really the only mouse I've ever seen with a cult following, is the Logitech MX518. People buy these for $150+ because they were so reliable and no longer newly available. Its successor, the G400, is basically the same thing after doubling the DPI of its sensor and taking away the faux-impacted-metal design. Speaking from ...


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If you just want a basic mouse without twenty-seven buttons and assignable macros, etc etc: I'd recommend my HP BR376AA. Five buttons: left, right, scroll, and two "thumb" side keys (which are mapped by default to browser forward/back). Excellent durability: I've had it for... five years? without it wearing out in the slightest. Around £40/$48, which is on ...


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This looks really great, but remember, it is huge. It's like a mini supercomputer! http://www.eurocom.com/ec/configure%281,224,0%29ec I'm not sure what the outside is made of, but I don't think it will break. It has a 12 core Xeon and Dual GTX 980M which is probably one of the most powerful laptops you can find on the market. The only problem is that it ...


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