Once decidedly niche, “rugged” smartphones – those built to be punished by the severest elements of nature – have become mainstream. We’ve come a long way from the Casio G’Zone; Sony offers the Xperia Go, Kyocera offers the Torque, and Samsung offers the Galaxy S4 Active. That last one – the Active – may be of particular interest to AT&T customers, because eBay’s offering the handset unlocked and refurbished for a steal.
At just $349.95 (56% off retail), eBay’s deal is one of the best I’ve seen considering the Active is, minus the AMOLED screen (it’s LCD) and higher-megapixel rear camera (8MP versus 13MP), functionally identical to Samsung’s flagship, the Galaxy S4. Plus, the phone usually retails for $500 above on Amazon and elsewhere, so the discount is substantial.
If you need a water- and dust- resistant phone to fit your outdoorsy lifestyle, or are just chronically prone to dropping expensive electronics, follow the link, ’cause this sale’s for you.
We thought we should also point out that a manufacturer refurbished AT&T unlocked HTC One in either black or silver is available for $379.99.
eBay Links: Galaxy S4 Active | HTC One