Sonim XP3 Enduro ultra-rugged mobile phone
Review Launched in November, but only just available in the UK, the Sonim Enduro is hard to kill - very hard. We know - we tried.
Sonim's XP3 Enduro: well 'ard
Sonim announced its range of toughened handsets back in 2007, and made much of the phones' indestructibility. The specifications list an operational temperature range of -20 to +60° C and the ability to survive a drop of two metres. Our handset got sloshed around in a pot of boiling coffee for half an hour and chucked off the roof of a house, not to mention being stamped on by everyone who saw it - and survived it all with nothing more than a scratch on the screen.
All that fortitude commands a pretty steep price, in terms of both cash and a reduced feature set. The Enduro is a 2G device, lacks a camera and the interface reflects the functionality in its Spartan options lists. There are no games, no support for Java, a very basic WAP browser and the most primitive MP3 player we've ever encountered.
As a phone, the Enduro works very well. Once charged up through its mini-USB connection - the handset comes with a USB cable in the box as well as a mains charger - displayed reception was remarkable good, though in use we found it comparable with typical mid-range handsets.
Beyond the USB port, the only other socket on the phone is for a headset, and both ports are protected with a heavy rubber seal. On the left side of the phone are three rubberised buttons: two which control the volume, and one that's a shortcut to the address book. On the right is a single button which turns on the LED torch built into the top of the phone.
Basic - but colour - UI
Access to the battery requires a screwdriver - or a spoon at a push - and the SIM sits under the battery, where it's securely clipped into place. There is no removable memory.
Bought my dad one...
of the JCB Tough branded phones made by Sonim last year from Phones4U. Same colour & spec but slightly different layout. Only costs £100 though had to also by £20 Vodafone P&G airtime. It came sim-unlocked so stuck his O2 sim in without a clitch! He loves it, just the part on building sites & it become a bit of a fad, so much so that they've all got one now! Can vouch for its resiliance, he replaced Nokia's on a 6-months basis beforehand. And its so loud even though he's lost some of his hearing he asked me to reduce the volume!!
If you want one of these looked for the JCB Tough as the same handset branded Sonim was £300!!"
going in right direction
Now, can I have feature request for the 3G model? Make it work like a nice standard modem over both USB and Bluetooth. And perhaps improve battery life to 1 month ? (kidding)
Any chance of a comparative shot with something like a CD so that we can gauge how large it is?
I'm sure the dimensions will be on their website, but it's useful to get a feel for the size of something like this.
Looks like someone's finally made a useful handset!
I want one.....
...I take your girly, oh so cute touch screen phone and smash it with my Enduro....
The yorkie bar of phones....
Now I'm of to drink molten steel.
we need pics and video. and a blendtec blender.
Arstechnica did a stress test on the first iPhone. The second iPhone has a plastic back, so it won't be as durable, but the screen's glass is still the same. The point is they have photos and videos!
though it appears the videos haven't survived the site's redesign in Opera :(
The real question is 'Will it blend?'