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Land Rover Unveils "World's Toughest Phone"

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the crushed-by-the-foot-of-a-humble-ant dept.

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Land Rover says their new S1 mobile is the world's strongest phone. Testing done by Land Rover and the staff at The Sun showed the S1 would still work after being stepped on by an elephant, run over by a Land Rover, dropped from a second-story window, buried in mud, soaked in a pint of beer, and roasted in an oven at 150 degrees centigrade. A forklift truck proved to be its match, and was able to crush the S1 under its three-tonne weight. The phone comes with 1,500 hours of battery life, a 2.0 megapixel camera, an extra loud ringtone and an unconditional three-year guarantee.

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the obligatory... (5, Funny)

timpdx (1473923) | more than 4 years ago | (#28559447)

...but does it blend?

Re:the obligatory... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28562801)

Not sure if it blends, but there is a cool video of it being tested here [intomobile.com]

Re:the obligatory... (2, Informative)

chiller2 (35804) | more than 4 years ago | (#28563655)

Almost!

There's a great interview by Dan Lane with a chap from Sonim about the phone / Land Rover deal over at The Really Mobile Project [thereallym...roject.com]. It's a few weeks old if that tells you anything about the /. story! They drove around the Land Rover test track with it attached to one of the wheels, so it got to be spun around, submerged, and I think at one point they drive over it too.

umm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28559461)

Can i use it for twitter?

How about the phone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28559465)

I'd be nice if they, I don't know... maybe showed the actual phone instead of an incredibly zoomed in and awkwardly framed shot of the screen. Honestly, it's like a review for a TV in which there's a picture of one corner, incredibly zoomed in, part of the screen cut off by the frame and showing none of the actual controls, shape or size.

Retarded.

Re:How about the phone? (3, Funny)

xaxa (988988) | more than 4 years ago | (#28561003)

It's the Sun. If phones had breasts the picture would have been fine, but the photographer didn't know what to do when they said "hey, photograph this".

Want it! (1)

courteaudotbiz (1191083) | more than 4 years ago | (#28559469)

Although it's unbelievably ugly, I need this phone! I broke 2 to 3 phones a year for the last 5 years... It'd be nice if it came to Canada. My last misadventure with my last Sony Ericsson: the screen died after a bicycle ride.

Re:Want it! (3, Funny)

geekoid (135745) | more than 4 years ago | (#28560263)

If you get one of these and it breaks, You should just stop getting cell phones. Clearly they are not for you~

Re:Want it! (1)

eric_brissette (778634) | more than 4 years ago | (#28560545)

If their vehicles are any indication, the phone will take a beating, but all the most expensive components will require regular replacement under normal use.

Re:Want it! (1)

Amouth (879122) | more than 4 years ago | (#28562319)

i figured that was why the image in the summary says "insert sim" i have several Blackjack's that are completely usesless because they like to eat sim's (one even put a char mark on the sim (physical burn))

Must be the heat (2, Interesting)

jurgemaister (1497135) | more than 4 years ago | (#28559483)

I read "World's Thoughest iPhone". Think I have to stay off the Apple news for a while...

Re:Must be the heat (1)

EkriirkE (1075937) | more than 4 years ago | (#28560489)

Then you shouldn't be on Slashdot. Though I am very surprised a non-apple phone made the headlines.

Or... (1, Interesting)

wjousts (1529427) | more than 4 years ago | (#28559489)

...Just take better care of your shit.

Re:Or... (1)

dave562 (969951) | more than 4 years ago | (#28559667)

Or just realize that there are certain environments where nice/expensive gadgets shouldn't be taken. My girl friend is pretty notorious for losing things or damaging them. When she goes out with her friends, she leaves the Blackberry at home and puts her SIM into a cheap LG phone. If the phone gets lost or damaged it isn't as big of a deal.

Re:Or... (2, Insightful)

Swizec (978239) | more than 4 years ago | (#28559759)

<quote>When she goes out with her friends, she leaves the Blackberry at home and puts her SIM into a cheap LG phone. If the phone gets lost or damaged it isn't as big of a deal.</quote>

She does it so you don't see her calling history and can't track her via GPS to see what she's actually doing. Don't be naive man! Her tinfoil hat is even thicker than the average slashdotter's

Re:Or... (1)

dave562 (969951) | more than 4 years ago | (#28559907)

Trust me, if anyone needs a tracking device and call history checking its me... or at least, it was me a few years ago.

Re:Or... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28561943)

Yeah, the judge made me wear one of those too.

Re:Or... (4, Insightful)

kent_eh (543303) | more than 4 years ago | (#28559691)

...Just take better care of your shit.

Or don't have a job where you are in a rough environment.

As it said in TFA, this is just the thing for tradesmen.
I regularly see electricians, plumbers, carpenters and movers phones being dropped from ladders, or bashed into in some way. Or splashed with anything from paint to concrete to sewage.
It's a tool for them, and as such it needs to be durable. Just like their other tools.

Except.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28559931)

People who work with sewage or concrete won't be able to justify the multiple-hundreds of Euros/Dollars it takes to get this "tool".

This isn't the first ultra-rugged phone, and as a "Land Rover" branded item, not suited for tradesmen.

Anyone can license just about any trademark they like. My "Pittsburgh Steelers" nursing bra is in testing as I type this. Other franchises have yet to commit.

Re:Except.. (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 4 years ago | (#28560763)

The "Land Rover" branding does suggest a product aimed more at the yuppie who thinks that driving a jeep and wearing hiking boots are a viable substitute for actually going outside; but it is absolutely false that (some) tradesmen don't have access to expensive tools. They very well might not own them; but if it is cheaper to do the job with high end hardware than it is with low end hardware, people will do it with high end hardware.

Ameri-centrism (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28561405)

Land Rover means something quite a bit different to an American than a Series I loving, third-generation Carpenter outside of Solihull.

At over 200 Pounds, this thing is expensive on its home turf.

Ask an American laborer whether they would buy four $50 phones or one $200 phone. The Foreman or specialist cabinet-maker may have another opinion, but that's where status and disposable income kick in.

Re:Except.. (3, Informative)

PanchoVilla (663869) | more than 4 years ago | (#28562321)

Its a bummer that Land Rover gets the "yuppie" label. Thats pretty much what I always thought too. Then a friend got one for the right reasons(to drive it off-road), and he invited me to ride along on the half day land rover course down in Carmel. The guy showed us all the features, and how they worked and how to use them. Then we went and spent the rest of the time doing actual driving. Leaning the rover over so far on its side I still don't know how it didn't fall over. Getting the rover on 3 wheels with one 2-3 feet in the air, then going forward until it tipped the weight from the back right to front left. Going up and down hills way steeper than I thought you could. The traction controls systems in the rover is very impressive, it even has an auto decent feature. Yes to descend a steep hill you sit at the top with the brake on, then you just take your foot off everything. You just steer, the car controls the descent and keeps the wheels turning so you can always steer. Your brain really makes that hard. So counter intuitive. The whole thing is done with the stock street tires. The instructor even let us get the car up around 40 and then hit the all stop switch. It really stops the car fast. :) So while it still is mostly driven by yuppies that will probably never go over a rock bigger than gravel, they really are impressive machines that are built to live offroad. So while I bet lots of yuppies buy the phone too, if it is designed like their rovers its probably pretty durable.

Re:Or... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28561223)

Or don't have a job where you are in a rough environment.

Or, just get a solid case. Not one of those rubber skins, but a rugged one for extreme abuse.

(I'm sure there's a joke to be told about rubber skins & extreme abuse, but I can't think of a good one)

Psh (4, Funny)

sys.stdout.write (1551563) | more than 4 years ago | (#28559513)

A forklift truck proved to be its match, and was able to crush the S1 under its three-tonne weight

Well then it's no good to me.

Re:Psh (3, Funny)

njfuzzy (734116) | more than 4 years ago | (#28559583)

Just don't sit on it, and it should be fine. ;)

Re:Psh (1)

GameMaster (148118) | more than 4 years ago | (#28559967)

Hrm, about your sig. At least, as a photographer, we can be, generally, assured that the camera will be pointed away from you...

Episode 310: Fugitive Alien (1)

Guppy (12314) | more than 4 years ago | (#28560063)

A forklift truck proved to be its match, and was able to crush the S1 under its three-tonne weight.

He tried to kill me with a forklift... Ole!

Re:Psh (1)

fridaynightsmoke (1589903) | more than 4 years ago | (#28560153)

Is there ANYTHING that's forklift-proof? Walls, crates, freight containers, steel I-beams.. nothing can resist the awesome power of a forklift.

I have a question (1)

fataugie (89032) | more than 4 years ago | (#28559531)

Has it been given to a 3 yr old for an hour? Or my brother?

Either one could be given a bowling ball in an empty room...and 5 minutes later come out with a bucket full of pieces.

Re:I have a question (4, Funny)

vux984 (928602) | more than 4 years ago | (#28559609)

Either one could be given a bowling ball in an empty room...and 5 minutes later come out with a bucket full of pieces.

The truly amazing thing isn't that they can destroy a bowling ball in under 5 minutes. It's that they were able to craft a bucket using the pieces.

Re:I have a question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28559751)

It's that they were able to craft a bucket using the pieces.

And still have enough pieces left to fill it.

Re:I have a question (1)

Facegarden (967477) | more than 4 years ago | (#28562473)

Either one could be given a bowling ball in an empty room...and 5 minutes later come out with a bucket full of pieces.

The truly amazing thing isn't that they can destroy a bowling ball in under 5 minutes. It's that they were able to craft a bucket using the pieces.

Hahahaha, win.
-Taylor

Re:I have a question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28561323)

Apparently you have never tried to break a bowling ball.

Back in high school it took a cop car hitting one at 90 Mph to break one...

1500 Hours of Battery Life?! (1)

A. B3ttik (1344591) | more than 4 years ago | (#28559555)

62.5 days of battery life?! Is this for real!?


What kind of battery are they using?

Re:1500 Hours of Battery Life?! (1)

Hansele (579672) | more than 4 years ago | (#28559651)

What they neglected to mention is that it has 1500 hrs of battery life as long as it is switched off. My phone is much better and has almost limitless battery life, so long as I have it plugged up to the wall charger.

With optional battery pack (2, Funny)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 4 years ago | (#28559719)

62.5 days of battery life?! Is this for real!?

Yes, when attached to your Land Rover.

Re:1500 Hours of Battery Life?! (1)

GameMaster (148118) | more than 4 years ago | (#28560029)

Maybe they put an oversize battery in it and got rid of any features other than basic phone service. Even so, I, also, find that number to be hard to believe even if it just assumes 62.5 days in sleep mode.

Re:1500 Hours of Battery Life?! (2, Informative)

imsabbel (611519) | more than 4 years ago | (#28560185)

Not hard at all to believe.

When cell phones went smaller, their battery packs also became smaller. In size and in capacity (of course more in size).

A battery the size of the one in my old Nokia 5510, but made from LiPO, would have about 5-10 times the capacity of the tiny batteries in modern phones.
As a modern phone will last a week in standby easily, even with those small 300mAh cells, i think 62 days is entirely reasonable if one can live with the phone being 100g heavier.

Re:1500 Hours of Battery Life?! (1)

jbeaupre (752124) | more than 4 years ago | (#28562033)

No no no. The comma is a decimal separator. For American's, it would be 1.500 hours. What's impressive isn't the life, but that they predict it with such precision.

Re:1500 Hours of Battery Life?! (1)

Bigby (659157) | more than 4 years ago | (#28562553)

Why 1,500 hours. Why not 1,5 hours? Who would go to the thousandths decimal place when publishing hours. That is what minutes are for.

My guess is the two extra 0's were to just throw off us Americans.

Finally (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28559565)

the phone that drunk college kids everywhere have been waiting for

You forget this destructive force: +1, Informative (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28559645)

this [youtube.com]

Cheers!

But can I make a phone call on it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28559647)

I can honestly say that none of the mobile phones I have owned, nor any that anyone else I have known has owned, have lost phones through inadvertently driving a Land Rover over them.

What a load of mind diminishing crapola.

Re:But can I make a phone call on it? (1)

A. B3ttik (1344591) | more than 4 years ago | (#28559851)

Yes, but do you leave the basement?

Though you may not realize it, some people lead more active, more hazardous lives than you.

Factory workers, construction workers, hands-on engineers, mechanics, even laboratory workers may work in places that place their phones in danger. If it falls out of their pocket and down three stories or into a vat of lye or under the treads of a cement truck or out of the window of a speeding car, they know its safe.

Personally, I'm a code monkey and so long as my phone can survive my footprint (I once stepped on mine after leaving my pants on the floor of the bathroom), I'm okay with it. Other people, maybe want something more durable.

Just because _you_ don't want it doesn't mean no one wants it.

Re:But can I make a phone call on it? (1)

TooMuchToDo (882796) | more than 4 years ago | (#28560011)

One of my endeavors finds me at the top of wind turbines occasionally. I'd love to get one of these and see if it survives the fall to the ground. If so, I'd buy two.

Beer's good, but can it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28560701)

Can it survive jet fuel, hydraulic fluid, spatter from arc welding and the 2 year old? Those were the failure mechanisms on 6 of the last 7 phones. The 2 year old is just as tough on phones as her daddy :)

note: those don't necessarily need to be survivable in any combination I won't survive.

Ultimate test (4, Insightful)

girlintraining (1395911) | more than 4 years ago | (#28559663)

Was it given to an eight year old boy? Those tender little blossoms can destroy anything.

Re:Ultimate test (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28560367)

I thought MJ was dead?

Too soon?

elephant? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28559695)

stepped on by an elephant

This one doesn't seem to be of any value. Elephants have extremely sensitive feet, and are unlikely to step on antyhing that might hurt them. Ever stepped on a child's toy?

Re:elephant? (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 4 years ago | (#28562065)

You're saying the "elephant proof" isn't a good metric because if you have an elephant it's probably not going to step on your phone again?

I think the point is to demonstrate that since an elephant can step on it and it works, YOU don't need to be worried about stepping on it accidentally and breaking it.

iPhone needs to cool down before you can use it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28559775)

That's Apple's shit hardware design for you!

Anonymous Coward (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28559913)

Will it toss up check engine and abs fault codes too?

How do spiders survive being stepped on? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28559963)

The landrover phone is just a branded sonim phone. The S1's from what I hear were notorious for poor seals around the battery compartment causing them to not be so water resistant but they were never advertised to withstand being submersed in water.

S3's are fully submersible and twice as expensive. Both have lousy feature sets (no HSDPA).

mod parent up (1)

BiggerIsBetter (682164) | more than 4 years ago | (#28560457)

This is indeed a branding exercise, but ruggedized phones are damn useful. I have a ruggedized Samsung after my RAZR died from water inhalation, and it's brilliantly dependable. It's no iPhone in terms of features, but I can drop it on concrete, use it in the shower, charge once every 2 weeks, etc. A phone is a tool to me, not a fashion accessory.

not iphone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28561951)

>> It's no iPhone in terms of features
You are saying as if it's a bad thing.

Can it deflect bullets? (1)

Ouizardus (1585021) | more than 4 years ago | (#28560041)

Could James Bond or Jack Bauer use it to stop a bullet? If they want it to be rugged and work in the toughest conditions, that's the true test.

ORLY? (1)

Taibhsear (1286214) | more than 4 years ago | (#28560131)

Is this anything like those "unbreakable" combs or MagLites which are guaranteed to never break? Cuz I've broken both. With proper normal usage.

Re:ORLY? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28560299)

Once I got a MagLite that was DOA. And it wasn't the bulb, it wouldn't light no matter what got replaced.

Re:ORLY? (1)

afidel (530433) | more than 4 years ago | (#28560695)

What could you possibly break on a LED Maglite? The only thing I have ever seen is the top of the rubber cover for the switch being torn off and even then the switch still works, it's just not as water resistant. If you're saying you broke the bulb on a filament Maglite, that's nothing special.

mabny years ago (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 4 years ago | (#28560235)

I had a metal rotary phone.
I think it was steel. I pretty sure it could withstand everything in these tests as well.
Where it failed was in that it ddn't fit into most pockets, it wasn't wireless, and the greatest tragedy of all, it didn't ahve a camera.

Side note: I can no longer right click on a mispelled word to choose from a list. This happens about 50% of the time. I don't know if it's caused by firefox 3.5 or slashdot.

Hey, I'm still working (1)

RevDigger (4288) | more than 4 years ago | (#28560397)

> stepped on by an elephant, run over by a Land Rover, dropped from a second-story window, buried in mud, soaked in a pint of beer, and roasted in an oven at 150 degrees c

Hey, coincidentally, that exactly describes what happened to me last night. And I'm still working.

Not, quite, as impressive as it seems? (5, Insightful)

GameMaster (148118) | more than 4 years ago | (#28560451)

Most of those tests aren't as impressive as they sound.

The Beer/Mud tests are, effectively, the same thing. The phone's waterproofing gaskets will either hold the moisture out or they won't, much like a water proof watch. This gets even easier to accomplish if they installed an iPhone style "permanent" battery, eliminated the headset jack in favor of Bluetooth, and installed an inductive charging system like a cordless toothbrush.

The test where it's being run over by a Land Rover is easier than it sounds because the flexibility of the tires serves to spread out the weight of the vehicle. As long as they don't over-inflate the tires or use ultra-high efficiency/low rolling resistance tires then the actual PSI on the phone should be relatively low. Coincidental, they featured a stunt just like this last night on that Billy Mays show "Pitchmen". In the show they were trying to sell a gel pad designed to absorb force so they ran over one of the salesmen's hands with an SUV. As for the elephant, I don't know enough about the forces at the bottom of an elephant's foot but it might be the same issue. Another thing to consider is how soft the surface was under the tire or the elephants foot. If either was done on earth instead of pavement/concrete then that will play a factor too.

Inversely, the above explanation serves to explain why the phone, finally, broke under the forklift. The tires on most forklifts I've ever seen tend to be made of a very hard rubber-like material (possibly just pure natural rubber). I'm sure that this manages to eliminate the need to replace tires over the life of the forklift and forklifts don't need the shock absorbing effects of a pneumatic tire since they move so slow and are only designed to be used over very flat surfaces. The hard tires transmit a much higher percentage of the forklift's weight to a much smaller patch of ground and the 3 ton forklift is, probably, as heavy or heavier than the Land Rover.

As for being dropped from a second story window, I would want to know what kind of surface it was dropped on. It would be much more impressive if it were dropped onto concrete. It would be less impressive if it were dropped onto thick grass and much less impressive if it were dropped onto a mattress (I doubt that one but, as it wasn't mentioned, I wouldn't put it past some marketing agencies).

As for the oven test, I would want to know how long it was left in. 150C is a pretty high temperature but people have been walking over 1000+ degree Fahrenheit coals for a long time and I've seen Shaolin monks lick red hot pokers. The trick is how long your body part is in contact with the hot stuff. In both cases, you move your foot/tough away from the contact immediately and don't give enough time for most of the heat to transfer. In the case of licking the red hot poker, they also have a thick layer of spit on their tough that absorbs much of the heat and evaporates away protecting the tongue.

Re:Not, quite, as impressive as it seems? (1)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 4 years ago | (#28561205)

> As for the oven test, I would want to know how long it was left in. 150C is a pretty
> high temperature

As long as the plastics don't melt (most have higher melting points than that) and the battery electrolytes don't boil (some use nonvolatile electrolytes) it should be ok at 150C.

Re:Not, quite, as impressive as it seems? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28561737)

I'm not saying you're wrong, but it doesn't need to be mil-spec. Most of the cell phones on the market today look like they might break if you look at them wrong.

I suspect, OK, I know there is a market for a phone that is water-resistant and shock-resistant. It doesn't have to be mil-spec with a mil-spec price, it just doesn't have to break the first time it falls out of your pocket when you're climbing a ladder and it lands in the mud.

Re:Not, quite, as impressive as it seems? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28561975)

Wow, first person who comments on how ridiculous the tests actually are. They do not prove toughness in any way. Just cheap advertising.

You want real tests, check out MIL-STD-810 (latest revision is now G). These tests are more real world, fully standardised and repeatable, etc.

Re:Not, quite, as impressive as it seems? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28562753)

The Beer/Mud tests are, effectively, the same thing.

I see you live in the South of England then! For real beer, you need to be north of the border (Nottingham). :-)

G'Zone (1)

Mordac (1009) | more than 4 years ago | (#28560537)

Nothing shocking here. Casio has there G'zone which is pretty damn hard to break. I got mine for Mountain Climbing,and also because I seem to drop phones into any water source (don't know if I'm cursed or not.)

One thing not advertised, these phones are rather large for a cellphone these days, so you can also use it as a blunt weapon.

Re:G'Zone (1)

jazzkat (901547) | more than 4 years ago | (#28561721)

+1 on the GZone, especially if you enjoy water or snow sports. Nothing quite like taking a phone call when you're swimming in the lake, or skiing from the back of a boat! Plus, if it gets dirty, just throw it in the dishwasher. That's an excellent bonus.

You don't work in construction... (2, Interesting)

BulletMagnet (600525) | more than 4 years ago | (#28560833)

As an IT Manager for a construction company, one thing I've been looking for is a phone that field people cannot break within a week. The defacto standard (or former standard) would be Nextel, but the new Motorola units they've been pushing are anything short of unbreakable. Gone are the days of the bulletproof brickphone that you can run over with a grader and it still live to make another call. Motorola's replacements for the bricks are rather flimsy flip phones and rather weak candybar phones.

Well, on to Verizon we go (for the better coverage and cheaper costs) and we get into their "hardened" phones...the Casio/Verizon GZ1 Boulder, which is a complete and utter joke of misnomer. These units are the worst designed hardened units I've ever seen. The battery retention mechanism (a metal looking but actually plastic screw) will break off/apart after 1 drop and breaks the phone unless you have some duct tape handy to hold your battery in place. Of the 4 dozen we've taken delivery of, we had to replace two as DOA out of the box (bad sign #1) and 4 more within a week (bad sign #2) Now they have a problem with losing the call logs which Verizon is already aware of and the unit needs a firmware update.

If this Land Rover unit is actually as good as it says it is, US cell phone companies should take note. THIS is what we want (in construction) - not these half assed phones that Verizon and Nextel put out. I want something I can hand to my people and say "See you in a year or two" ... not next week after it gets dropped twice.

Dinosaurs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28560861)

How does it fare with man-eating dinosaurs? Specifically, ones who eat the man with the phone?

I wish the iPhone was like this. (1)

Blimey85 (609949) | more than 4 years ago | (#28560921)

I dropped my iPhone 3g on the pavement about a month ago. Screen shattered. I love the features the iPhone has so I'm not going to switch, but I sure wish it was more rugged.

Re:I wish the iPhone was like this. (1)

linzeal (197905) | more than 4 years ago | (#28562763)

Those 20 dollar rubberized housings do an all right job in protecting it on 3 sides. Even if it won't be as shiny.

Makes you wonder how realistic are the specs (1)

Joe Wagner (547696) | more than 4 years ago | (#28560961)

Call me cynical, but when they claim two MONTHS of standby time and 18 hours of talk time, all on a 1850 mAh battery -- it makes me a bit leery. After all, no matter how efficient its electronics are, it still has to burn power transmitting packets. For example the Nokia 6205 on its 1020mAh BL-5C battery only gets up to 4 hours talk, up to 11 day standby. Spec for Nokia: http://www.nokiausa.com/find-products/phones/nokia-6205/specifications [nokiausa.com] Spec for the phone, I think: http://www.sonimtech.com/pdf/xp3quest_ds.pdf [sonimtech.com]

Looks like a real iPhone Killer!!! (2, Funny)

bADlOGIN (133391) | more than 4 years ago | (#28561515)

As in, if you smash the device into an iPhone, you can kill the iPhone and the device in question will keep working. Given what the G1 and Palm Pre have turned out to be, this is the only true valid definition of the term "iPhone killer" in the market today;)

what about the test vehicle? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28561521)

I wonder if the Land Rover test vehicle suffered any damage, if it's like mine, its probably back at the dealer to have the suspension over hauled.

Destroy my SIM (2, Interesting)

itomato (91092) | more than 4 years ago | (#28561627)

The phone is fragile. Less fragile, but it has considerably more chinks than my SIM card. If the phone numbers are the important thing, keep them on the SIM. They cost what - $0.02? $0.05?

I can't understand why, aside from status, anyone would need this particular phone. Granted, it's a ruggedized phone with GPS, but the screen is something from 2002, barely pocketizable, and has glitzy buttons. What kind of GPS could it be packing, if it's (A:) a proprietary phone, (B:) has 600 pixels to work with? If location was so important to me, and I were driving my Land Rover, or my Hyundai (and pretending it's more than it is), why wouldn't I put my eggs in more baskets, and bring along my Suunto watch, TomTom, or traditional GPS unit?

If the ability to make a phone call after leaving your phone in a pint (or similarly brown, wet, and bubbly environment) is the question, how is this better than my SIM alone, with a spare clunker phone/charger in the glovebox?

I bet an average SIM could tolerate 3 tonnes of compression without a sneeze.

I don't know what the fuss is all about (1)

osoroco (626676) | more than 4 years ago | (#28562505)

I had a Nokia (candy bar style from early 2000's aka the immortals) that fell from a 4th floor. Sure the battery, body, and covers went in different directions, but put together again and it worked.

Seriously, if they wanted to make a real tough phone, they should've sided with Nokia.

very doubtfull it's that tough (1)

OrangeMonkey11 (1553753) | more than 4 years ago | (#28563005)

I work for an automotive supplier, and we have some of the most interesting phone death (Salt blast, chrome tank, paint oven, acid bath, ect.. and folk lift as well). Unless this thing can survive two weeks at anyone of my facility.
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