But this is a phone, unlike most of the feature-packed devices we're dropping into our pockets these days, and as a phone it's a tri-band GSM handset with a quoted battery life of more than 13 days on standby and six hours of talk time - figures with which we found no reason to argue with, beyond the usual impact of real-world conditions. With a screen resolution of only 128 x 160, it's hardly surprising that WAP browsing is a challenge, but WAP is not something we'd recommend on any device.
The only damage we did manage to inflict, small scratches to the screen, were achieved by hitting it with a sharp piece of metal, and Sonim assures us it's working on an even harder display, though with a three-year unconditional guarantee it's hardly a reason not to buy an Enduro even if you are prone to attacking your phone with lumps of sharpened steel.
The Enduro is clearly a second handset - one for for weekends spent bog snorkelling, spelunking or suchlike, while you reserve your regular, less hardy phone for the working week. Incidentally, Sonim is working on a 3G phone, so you could use one handset for both roles, but it's not going to be out for some time.
However, Sonim's next phone, the Quest, which features A-GPS, mapping applications and a camera along with Opera Mini will be available in the summer and for only an additional €50 (£45/$64) on top of the €350 (£313/£445), so you may be tempted to wait.
Even if €350 is quite a lot to spend on a second handset, the Enduro fits the role well. Those who spend the majority of their time in hazardous environments might well fancy something like this to resist bangs, crashes and wallops, and the looks will appeal to sci-fi buffs seeking a phone that looks a little more Aliens than most others do. ®
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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?'