Business road warriors might look forward to 'rugged' Samsung Galaxy S4

Business road warriors might look forward to 'rugged' Samsung Galaxy S4

Summary: A more rugged version of the latest smartphone from Samsung might be more appealing for field work.

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 certainly looks like a high-end, tricked-out smartphone that could be appealing for consumers -- but a more rugged version might be even more enticing to business users.

According to the Wall Street Journal, such a device is in the works.

The report didn't include many specifics, although it looks like the rugged version of the S4 will closely mirror that of the original, which was introduced to the world in March.

The differences with the rugged edition, according to the WSJ, is that the "Galaxy S4 Active" will be waterproof and dust proof. It is expected to roll out this July.

Certainly, a more durable version might appeal to some consumers -- at least to those who want to tote around a powerful mobile device through some harsh terrains while on vacation.

But as the WSJ pointed out in the case of government use, a device like this has much more potential in the business world.

A rugged 4G smartphone with an eight-core chip (not to mention humidity and temperature sensors) makes a lot of sense (and seems a lot safer) to carry around while in the field instead of comparable smartphones.

The most obvious competitor there would be the iPhone, which like the iPad has found considerable success in the enterprise world. But its frame is a bit more delicate, making it less appealing for road warriors who need something that can withstand a lot of travel and bumps along the way.

Topics: Smartphones, Android, Mobility, Samsung, Enterprise 2.0, Bring Your Own Device

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  • story is nice, , 1 week ago my mum'

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    bhaitoqeer
  • Funny... I don't see additional shock resistance mentioned...

    ... Probably because that stupid design is impossible to make shock resistant. Having the glass curved to begin with, and then curved AROUND the sensitive outside edges of the phone is the most idiotic design decision Ive ever seen. I'd venture a guess the iPhone would STILL last longer in harsh environments on shock resistance alone.
    Playdrv4me
  • looking forward

    Is all they're gonna do! Haha
    Zami90
  • Rugged eye?

    I hope the first thing they're doing is replacing the glass with something that doesn't shatter if you look at it the wrong way. It can be as waterproof and dustproof as you like, won't mean a thing when you've got a great big crack through your screen.
    m00nh34d
    • Screens

      Those big screens are great, but I suspect they are more likely to break on an impact than a smaller one. A really good case would seem to be mandatory with this phone if you carry it in a hostile environment (like school or work).
      rphunter1242
  • My s4 accessory

    For me, a leather case for S4 is necessary like Samsung Galaxy S4 Rollover Holster Leather Case on theideasforgift, as well as a headphone
    julylycos julylycos
  • iPhone 5 delicate?

    I thought that, until I watched a torture test where they dropped it off the second floor to a tile floor, three times, and ended up having to throw it with full force to the floor in order to damage it. Not so delicate.
    I have dropped mine from shirt pocket height onto concrete, with not a scratch, or dent. (it has a TPU case).
    rphunter1242
  • im no apple fan boy but

    thanks to otterbox and other case makers i'd imagine apple does just fine in the rugged dept.
    dosmastr@...
  • samsung's flagship

    will hopefully have same support from uber case manufacturers to make it equally able to survive an impact... GS4 may be slightly less durable just due to being larger, heavier and having a pane of glass which is also larger
    dosmastr@...
  • I already have a great road-warrior capable phone - Lumia 920

    My Lumia 920 is a rugged beast - have dropped it multiple times (on concrete & tile) and it keeps on ticking along with still looking great! Add that to it's far superior camera, first class email experience and the gorgeous display, I really don't find myself longing for anything else. Nokia makes a far superior product to the delicate wares coming from Samsung, Apple or HTC... IMHO.
    VW-Driver-2012