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I once ran over my smartphone with a car. It was the Motorola Backflip courtesy of AT&T - the first Android device on Ma Bell. Although this sort of incident is usually a catastrophic failure on the owner's part, it was premeditated. But that's neither here, nor there. Rugged devices have always interested me because of their originality in the mobile realm, it's just too bad the durability trend hasn't caught on.

I've written countless times about smartphone durability in the face of adversity, also known as daily life. When washing the car and taking out the trash, the last thing you need to worry about is where your smartphone is. When out for a jog, nobody's got time to make sure their smartphone is securely fastened. If it's going to fall, it will fall. And if you get a call for an interview while you're having a shower, water damage is on the agenda.

The truth of the matter is smartphones have reached an intersection where design and durability can be combined. Gone are the times where size and toughness are detrimental to the flagship physique. 2013 is shaping up to be everything I've hoped for.

At CES earlier this year, Sony announced the Xperia Z. At 7.9mm thin, you'd have a hard time believing it was also dust and waterproof had you not seen their relentless demos. With a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, and a 5-inch 1080p display, all of its extra prowess makes it a hard option to ignore if you live an active lifestyle.

Thankfully, such mentality has not gone unnoticed. Everyone's favorite Korean company, Samsung, is apparently developing a Galaxy S 4 variant with some extra padding. The Wall Street Journal reports that Sammy could be developing an extra durable Galaxy S 4 under the infamous Project J for business and government clients as soon as July of this year.

Samsung's latest flagship is a force to be reckoned with. We recently crowned it the victor against its fatter brother, the Galaxy Note II, in a dogfight. The S 4 ticks the boxes you need to dub a device a hero phone of 2013. And if you add the potential for waterproofing and dustproofing there might be little else to desire.

Aptly titled the Galaxy S 4 Active, Samsung could be onto a whole new market. As popular a device as the Galaxy S 4 may be, the business and government clients are a new market yet to be tapped. This market has traditionally favored other devices, but Samsung's wide influence could, yet again, play to their advantage. Add in Samsung's Enterprise security software, Samsung KNOX, and businesses and government clients might have little else to desire.

Anna recently covered her distaste for the potential of an extremely short timeframe between the Galaxy S 4 and an Active variant, and I completely understand. Had I not heard of the Active variant, I might have already pre-ordered the original model and been up a creek without a paddle.

Yet the perks of a durable device with top of the line specifications have me convinced of what I've been saying all along: durable devices need to make an appearance in 2013 or else the smartphone is not living up to its potential.

P2i has demonstrated that a device coated in its nanotechnology can be submerged underwater for a lengthy period of time without any effect. Mobile World Congress showed us this. This sort of technology is just one way the mobile realm is morphing into a new beast. It's ready for a change and durability could be the smartphone's next calling.

In short, the mobile industry is as ready to lay stagnant as my Backflip was to bear an imminent and painful death. Give the mobile market a choice and it will evolve, but whether or not we are ready for the change has yet to be determined.

Would you be interested in a dust and waterproof Samsung Galaxy S 4? Sound off in the comments below.

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Ali Rider I would
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Shawn Gergler Heck YAH
Sky Baun Why should we pay extra? Should be the standard
Luis Robles Figueroa Depending on how THICK it is. Don't want a GIANT MONSTER in my HANDS.
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Raoul Weatherell Apples! Oranges! Lemons!
Josh Rankin If it were truly dust and waterproof, maybe. Not too happy with my "dust proof" otterbox I have on my Note II.
Erdem Cubukcu Htc oneeeeee..
Brian Jones NOPE should be FREE
Brandon Cupz Carozza Luke Phinh Matt Hannah and Joe will haha
Shawn Towle I would if there were absolutely no sacrifices involved. Decreased touchscreen sensitivity, overheating, clouding from moisture, etc..
Cal-Gene Johnson Samsung is killing it! TV's, mobile devices, ect...
Huey Liggins Finally. I don't mind a case. I'm not that careless anyway. Just don't want to hear those naysayers yelling "but it's plastic". But what material would it be made out of and why they decide to wait like that? Hmm
Virg Prekazis ?? ??????????????? ?????? ??????? ?????? ????????? ?????
Nic Kolas Shockproof
Max Chesley Yep sure would
Gary Bollinger Hell yea if I could go under water with my phone and take pictures
Aaron Dean I don't take my electronics near water that's like saying I make toast in the bathtub
Juan Carlos Bagnell The Rugby Pro is a boss little phone. I partially froze mine into a block of ice. Came out like gangbusters. Rugged is rad.
Ian Baylon I want a waterproof one so I could troll for days.
Hendrick Equis M would b bette rif it was out now
Dhun Patel I take as much protection I could get for example my iphone has full body screen protecter and a otterbox defender on it.
Marvin Oubre That would be ideal for me. I work outdoors at the airport. Jet blast always stirring up dust. But I want it now, I don't wanna wait months for it.
Dhun Patel Hell yea
Dale Junior Yesssss.
Randy Kightlinger Nope. I am pretty easy on my tech. Wouldn't need the extra measure of protection.
Adam Skogman Wouldent pay for the S4
Arijit Chowdhury YES! YES! YES!




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