Does the S4 sink or swim?
For this season's round of giveaways, we'll start it off with the Kindle Paperwhite. After being named "the classic beach device," this thing almost handled itself in the face of turmoil. While the sun, heat, and lava rock were mostly a breeze, the Kindle fell at the hands of the Pacific Ocean. If a lucky new owner can somehow get the thing working again, we'd love to see it live long enough to pump out one more good read.
While the Samsung Galaxy S4 had a bit more trouble in one of the most intense torture tests we've dished out yet, there's a possibility the phone's fixable. The near frozen waters of Gore Creek didn't seem to be a problem for the S4, straying from the usual effect H2O has on gadgets. However, if you plan on rock climbing or mountain biking, you must handle the device with care. But hey, maybe after a new screen and some home workshop tinkering, you will be the proud new owner of one of the best smartphones on the market.
Last up for this week's sweepstakes, we're straying a bit from our usual "tortured devices" spiel. Yep, we're giving away two slightly used fitness bands that work just like they should after an unboxing, a week of wear, and a run through the mud. The Fitbit Flex and Jawbone Up are begging to get out of the office, find a new wrist, and start tracking away. Molly and Jeff were even kind enough to wash them for you.
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