There are many, many fancy cell phones coming into the market each day. But this post is especially designed for the sporty, adventurous guys among you, who are looking for equally sporty, tough cell phones that can withstand all your adventures or misadventures! Here is a look at the latest tough cell phones for 2010.
How does a cell phone quality as “tough”?
Do you remember that old pesky little mobile phone you used to own, that never really got damaged in spite of all the falls it had? I have a friend whose mobile phone was whisked away by a clever monkey and then thrown to the ground from a high tree branch. Well, guess what? Nothing ever happened to the phone. That, my friends, is what you can safely classify as tough, durable or rugged cell phone!
In today’s connotation, a rugged cell phone is one which can stand relatively extreme weather and other external conditions, which can variably range from several meters underwater to battlefields to rocky environs and more. Tough cell phones should ideally go through various environment testing processes, such as high and low temperatures, low pressure, altitude, humidity, sand and dust, various types of shock and vibration. Some rugged cell phones would qualify as water-resistant, others may be weatherproof.
So some durable cell phones meet the MIL-STD-810 military standards, while some companies go by their own set “Rugged Performance Standards”, as is the case with Sonim.
Latest tough cell phones
- AT&T Airo Wireless A25
The Windows Mobile 6.0 Professional running AT&T Airo Wireless A25 is considered to be the world’s first intrinsically safe-certified smartphone. This device meets the MIL-STD-810 standards, is submersible up to 1.5 meters water and can withstand extreme weather conditions between -20° C to 50° C. It is also safe to operate in potentially explosive environments, such as the military, the petroleum industry and so on.
Other features of this durable smartphone include 2.8” display, MiniSD slot for 2GB memory, Bluetooth and GPS.
- Casio G’zOne Rock and Brigade
Casio G’zOne cell phones are known to be tough and durable. The latest G’zOne Rock and Brigade, featured at the CTIA 2010, are no exception to this rule. Both the models are shockproof and waterproof. The Rock offers noise cancellation and and G’ZGEAR and is mostly meant for those who love the great outdoors and adventure.
The G’zOne Brigade is the very first tough cell phone that comes with a rugged QWERTY keyboard and voice recording too.
- Motorola Brute i680 and Motorola Quantico
Both the above are rugged, durable cell phones with a sturdy design and can stand a variety of harsh environs. Though the Brute i680 does not score on the looks and the camera, it certainly makes up for it in terms of toughness. The Quantico comes with a 1.3MP camera, music player and A-GPS. Though a little bulky, it is durable and can take knocks quite easy, so no complaints on that end!
- Sprint Motorola i1
The recently announced Motorola i1 from Sprint is the very first Android smartphone with the Military Spec 810F. It can stand dust, heavy rain, shock, extreme temperatures, low pressure, vibration, salt fog, solar radiation and high humidity. Very similar to other Motoblur devices, this one lacks social integration. No more specs details known yet.
- Sonim XP 1 – “the world’s most rugged phone”
CES 2010 saw the release of the Sonim XP 1, that what supposedly toted to be the “world’s most rugged phone”. The company claimed that it could be dropped from at least 10 stories, be immersed in up to 20 feet of water for half an hour and that one could even hammer a nail with this “unbreakable” mobile phone.
A BBC reporter was challenged about this and decided to check on this claim. Guess what happened? Well, the screen of the “toughest cell phone” was pretty much smashed when banged against the fish tank! Isn’t that funny, guys? Check out the video below and have a good laugh.