This beast of a phone is an adventurer's dream, but it simply fails to live up to the demands of a modern phone. The durability I cannot fault, and I seriously put this to the test, throwing it off buildings and running it over with cars just to see how far I could push it - everytime it stood up to the test. The battery life was simply epic - hitting over a week with limited use.
It is a bulky phone however, and doesnt sit well in any standard trouser pocket. The memory of the phone was sufficient for purpose, but as soon as you start using it for anything other than enduring physical assault it quickly falls short.
The basics are covered, so you can make and receive calls without any fuss, although the reception is naturally dependant on your network provider. The internet and gps I had an impossible time trying to use, with functionality being very low, and speed being often unusable.
After maybe 6 months of having this phone - I only needed it for the raw essentials - the battery life started to end quite quickly even when replaced , and the internal microphone became loose muffling and eventually stopping me from being abel to make calls. Looking online the solution was a total replacement; I used this opportunity to change to something more modern.
I have owned this phone for two and a half years now and have been very impressed. I have a tendency to destroy phones I did three in one month before my wife despaired and bought me this one! The features and menu systems are basic but functional not real internet stuff and the screen is not up to it anyway. No proper photos either but it is very hard to break. Also if you do break it, I have just had a fault with the microphone, the unit is covered by a 3 year UNCONDITIONAL warranty!! They replaced mine for me after well over 2 years of use! If you want to browse the internet, look at photos, manage your calendar, listen to lots of music this is not for you. If you want a loud, tough phone with a very good battery then this is a good phone to buy. However, there is now a Sonim XP3 with a camera etc and other tough phones so take a look at these as well.
When I received this phone as my company phone I was shocked. It's big and rather heavy. And it gets worse when you turn it on - only standard stuff calls, messages, voicemail, gprs and bluetooth.
But as I've been told that this is the perfect choice for all the security guards, policeman and soldiers I put it into very hard test.
Guess what - it passed. It's made of hard plastic and rubber so it's very hard to destroy it or even scratch it. Screen is from thick plexi and the keys are also solid.
I dropped it, hit it even threw it. No effect outside and inside. This small turtle is almost indestructible. Wah! you can even fight holding it in one hand. They're saying it's even waterproof.
The case is covered in rubber which lets you hold it tight even in the rain. It also counts when you drop it.
Inside nothing special - menu is simple -nine icons for call list, messages, settings, files, sim toolkit, phonebook, quick settings and tools (which contains basics like calculator, plain organizer, stopwatch and alarm clock)
Simple heavy duty phone with almost no extras inside is definetely a good choice if you want to use it in extreme conditions. Its rather expensive but at least it will last long.