The Tougher Tough Phone: Sonim XP1300

Mobile phone manufacturer Sonim loves to make their mobile devices pretty heavy duty. By heavy duty, we mean shock and water resistant and dust proof as well. Now that is not just a marketing blurb. Sonim has actually gotten an IP68 rating just to show the world how serious they are about the toughness of their mobile phones.

This may sound a little extreme, but when one thinks about all the hardships and torture that a typical handset will go through in about two years of regular use, then you appreciate getting all that extra padding. While no one would actually dip a phone under a meter of water, exposure to rain, the occasional spillage and even sudden changes in humidity will result in having water in a handset –often with not-so-nice results.

Dust is an even more common problem. Exposure to sand and various powder-like substances may not seem like much, but on a continued basis, it will affect a mobile phone. As for shock, well that goes without saying. Anyone who has accidentally bumped their bag into a turnstile before realizing that their phone is in the front pocket –absorbing most of the impact, would easily see how easy it is roughing up a typical mobile device.

The new Sonim XP1300 is the latest in Sonim’s lineup of really tough mobile phones. It can handle being dipped in 2 metres of water for about half an hour, and has enough Gorilla glass protecting the device to help it survive being dropped from a height of about 2 metres.

Of course, with all the protection comes less functionality. Once again, this handset is a standard 2G device with basic calling and texting features. It does have a nice media player that can handle music and video content as well as a better microphone and speaker.

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