Fittingly enough, this summer has been hot for water-resistant gadgets and, oddly enough, gaming laptops. This week, we got our hands on the two latest amphibious Android phones, the Samsung Galaxy Active and the Sony Xperia Z, both of which can withstand up to 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. In the gaming scene, we tested Lenovo’s IdeaPad Y510p as well as the Asus G750JX-DB71.
We also tested the gorgeous HTC One on T-Mobile’s growing 4G LTE network as well as one of Samsung’s latest budget Galaxy phones, the Galaxy Exhibit. If you’re in the market for a computer even smaller than your smartphone, we’ve tested yet another Android stick, the CX-919 Android Mini PC. Finally, we’ve put our ears to the water-resistant Braven BRV-1 Wireless HD Speaker along with Logitech UE 6000 over-ear headphones.
With an all-star lineup of contract-free smartphones and a burgeoning LTE network, T-Mobile is doing its best to position itself as the un-carrier. For example, you can pick up the awesome HTC One for $99 down ($100 less than AT&T) and get the same gorgeous 4.7-inch 1080p display, speedy quad-core processor and Beats Audio-infused front-facing speakers. And now that T-Mobile has officially launched LTE service in 116 markets, you should be able to get faster speeds in more places. Find out how the One fared in our testing.