Time to retire those minimalist gadgets. These modern wonders are where it's at—and they bring a whole new meaning to the phrase durable goods.
Our Favorite New Rugged Tech
Durable laptops, digital cameras, and cell phones that can take a beating.
Casio G'zOne Brigade
If you're texting slope- or poolside, swap the BlackBerry for a Brigade. Made of reinforced plastic with rubberized edges and seals, the world's first water- and shock-resistant keyboard phone also comes with voice-to-text transcription technology so you don't have to set down your mai tai to send that SOS.
(approximately $250, casiogzone.com)