Hardened phones are no longer as rare as they were year ago, but it is rarely so hardened that it would like. But the new waterproof Sonim XP3 Enduro feels that it is capable of living up to expectations.
Sonim is niche manufacturer that specializes in durable wireless phones. Their first model, XP1, however, never felt so tough as it should, and we managed to break several copies of the phone over time. Therefore XP3 Enduro feels certainly positive development.
The main improvement is that XP3 Enduro is watertight. XP1, as well as other durable phones on the market (B2700 Samsung, Sony Ericsson C702) can withstand rain just thinking, but do not rinse or immersion in water. XP3, however, is waterproof to the right, down to one meter deep.
Sonim XP3 – Underwater call
We have of course tried, and it IS very impressive when you sit in the bathtub and write sms under water :). Perhaps not as practical importance, perhaps, more significant is that XP3 is one of themobile phones on the USA that simply does not need any protection from water.
But even otherwise labeled the rugged dignity, in particular for shock, improved. Battery hatch successfully, for example, we have broken at the high cases of the predecessor. This time you have battery door with shock-proof rigid plastic on the outside and metal on the inside, which is placed in metal frame. The phone is heavier and provides much more solid impression.
Sonim XP3 Enduro run over by car
Feature-wise, this is great for basic mobile phone with GSM functionality. Address Book, timer, alarm clock, calendar is as expected, and you can actually sync to your computer. The phone has no 3G or edge, but the Opera Mini browser is installed for easier Web matters. It has Bluetooth as well as the flashlight, but no camera. Worth mentioning is that there is substantial gunpowder in the loudspeaker, to ensure that ringtones make it through noisy environment.
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