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Backpacker Magazine – Gear Guide 2014
Phone is able to handle the most vigorous explorations.
With its waterproof, dustproof shell and a shatter-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 2 screen, this smartphone is tailored for the adventure life. We dropped, dunked, and tossed it around for three months; the screen didn’t scratch and it still zips along on Samsung’s fast Android operating system.
Testers grooved on the crisp, 5-inch display that offers ample screen real estate for Samsung’s Multi-Window setting, which lets you view two apps simultaneously, like Google MyTracks and Google Plus Photos, as one tester frequently did for selecting pics to geotag.
The 8MP, rear-facing camera is merely average, but the onboard software mimics a DSLR with a range of shooting modes (like Night and Aqua). Testers love the Air Gesture Mode*, especially in cold weather. Battery life is competitive (12 hours running GPS), but a full recharge takes five hours. $200 (with contract); 5.4 oz.; samsung.com