5 Top Outdoor Gadgets and Tools for the Mobile Professional

For busy professionals, the great outdoors is more than sun, wind, rain, and sky.  It is also about technology. Whether you’re rock climbing or white water rafting, you need to stay connected.  Here are some of the outdoor gadgets you should consider toting with you:

Panasonic Eluga Power

Unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2012, the Panasonic Eluga is a waterproof phone that feels light and comfortable. The Eluga has a 5-inch LCD screen with a 720×1280-pixel resolution display, 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 3G support for the 850 Mhz band, NFC, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal storage, micro SD card slot expandable to 32 GB, and the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS.  The Eluga is waterproof and dustproof, but only for 1 meter and 30 minutes. According to Panasonic, the 1,800 MaH battery can also quick-charge up to 50 percent for only 30 minutes. While the Eluga hasn’t been released in the US yet, it has already earned approval from the FCC.

Fujitsu Arrows Ultra Slim 6.7mm Waterproof Smartphone

Who says that waterproof phones need to be bulky and ugly? If there was a smartphone at MWC 2012 that could give the Eluga a run for its money, it’s Fujitsu’s waterproof smartphone.  Sporting a 1.4 Ghz single-core processor, Android Gingerbread 2.3, 5.1-megapixel camera, 1400 mAH battery, and 4-inch 480X800 AMOLED display, Arrows won’t be able to compare to the Eluga. However, the Fujitsu phone’s wafer-like thinness, waterproof casing, and corning Gorilla glass makes it an easy choice for travel.  Like the Eluga, Arrows also has a micro SD card slot that’s expandable up to 32 GB.  Unlike other waterproof phones, though, Fujitsu phones do not have any special coating.  Waterproofing is accomplished by good old-fashioned excellent build quality, a factor that will hopefully allow the Fujitsu to penetrate the US market.  Arrows has cleared the FCC, but Fujitsu still needs a US partner for the phone to be available here.

Panasonic Toughbook Mobile Computers

Tested to withstand dust, grime, spills, and the harshest conditions, the Panasonic Toughbook is pure business and ruggedness combined.  Whether you choose laptops, tablets, convertible tablets, and lightweight handheld devices, Panasonic promises both mobility and durability.  Some of the devices to consider are the Toughbook S10 and H2.  The S10 has a spill-resistant keyboard, alloy case, and shock-mounted flex-connect hard drive.  It weighs only 3 pounds, has 12.5 hours of battery life, and can handle up to 30-inch drops. Meanwhile, the H2 is a handheld tablet PC that runs on Windows 7 Professional and a second-gen Intel Core i5 vPro processor. It also has a 10.1-inch sunlight-viewable LED screen and a magnesium alloy chassis encased in polycarbonate.

JuiceBar Portable Solar Charger

The JuiceBar packs plenty of juice—electronic juice or extra battery power, that is. This rechargeable battery pack is a universal charger for most handheld devices and can charge your cellphone several times.  With the JuiceBar, you can choose USB charging or solar charging, check the current power level through the LED indicator, and even use the built-in flashlight.  Also included are connectors for Micro USB, Mini USB, Nintendo 3DS, and Sony PSP.

RingCentral Cloud Touch Platform

A phone system that you can set up, manage, and access anywhere you go?  The RingCentral Cloud Touch platform is the best phone service for your waterproof/dustproof smartphone.  Now you can check faxes, use your business number, edit PBX phone features, check which colleagues are online, and use an affordable VoIP service through the convenience of your mobile devices. So far, RingCentral technology is the first phone service that can truly be managed anytime and anywhere.  It also integrates with popular online tools, including Dropbox, Box, and Google Docs.