Nokia 3720 classic gets official

By on July 9, 2009 at 11:00 AM.

Nokia 3720 classic gets official

That rumored imminent announcement has come sooner rather than later as Nokia has made the rugged 3720 classic official today. The press release was light on the specifications but did confirm that the 3720 classic will be IP54 certified for water, dust and shock, and will feature an Integrated LED flashlight, 2.2-inch display, 2 megapixel camera with flash, microSD card slot (ships with 1GB card installed) and extended battery life. The Nokia 3720 will be available later this summer in a variety of colors for an expected retail cost of  €125 ($174 USD) before subsidies or taxes. Will it blend?

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Nokia 3720 classic takes a licking and keeps on talking

By on July 7, 2009 at 10:38 AM.

Nokia 3720 classic takes a licking and keeps on talking

Over the past few days, the folks over at Nokia have been putting an unknown handset through a variety of torture tests on video, presumably to whet our appetites for an imminent announcement. The poor little guy has been dunked in a pint, smacked with a golf club, punted through the air, drowned in a pool and even dropped two stories off a ladder — each and every time followed by the phrase “it’s still working!” Suffice it to say, this new Nokia kit is ruggedized and it fairs extremely well in a variety of real world accident scenarios. As many had assumed, it looks like said handset is shaping up to be the IP54-certified 3720 classic we first heard about last month. Specs were reported this morning as follows:

  • Water and dust resistant (IP54 certificate)
  • Battery life: over 2.5 weeks standby time
  • FM radio
  • Integrated flashlight
  • S40 OS
  • 2.2-inch QVGA display, 16M colors
  • 25MB internal memory
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Bluetooth
  • 3.2 megapixel camera

Pretty decent for a handset that can take a serious beating. Nokia will certainly be announcing this scrapper soon but for the time being, it’s rumored to be hitting the streets some time in September at an unknown price. Hit the jump for a few of our favorite 3720 torture test videos.

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Sonim XP3.20-E Quest and Land Rover S1 pass through the FCC

By on April 13, 2009 at 5:18 AM.

Sonim XP3.20-E Quest and Land Rover S1 pass through the FCC

Sonim (yeah, you remember Sonim) just pushed its latest rugged handset through the FCC’s approval process earlier this month and it looks like we may soon have a new device to use and abuse. From the FCC documentation, the GSM phone will apparently be branded as either the Sonim XP3.20-E Quest or the Land Rover S1. The handset approved by the FCC will feature GSM/GPRS/EGPRS 1900MHz, Bluetooth, camera with flash and Sonim’s rugged good looks. No release date or pricing information has surfaced on this rough and tumble handset but it cant be too far away now.

[Via Engadget]

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Motorola VE465 rugged feature phone headed to Alltel and TELUS

By on March 17, 2009 at 7:38 AM.

Motorola VE465 rugged feature phone headed to Alltel and TELUS

Here we go again. On the one hand, rumorsville is buzzing with speculation surrounding the Evoke QA4, a rather intriguing touchscreen slider reportedly headed to US Cellular, MetroPCS and/or Cricket. On the other hand, you’ve got the VE465.

  • CDMA 800/1900/1700/2100 connectivity
  • 1.9 inch TFT internal display with 176 x 220 pixels and 65k colors
  • 1.05 inch CSTN external display with 96 x 80 pixels
  • Brew OS
  • Stereo Bluetooth
  • Music player
  • Video player
  • MMS, SMS, Instant Messaging, E-mail
  • 1.3 megapixel camera
  • USB 2.0
  • MicroSD up to 4GB
  • Talk time: up to 4.5 hours, Standby time: up to 12 days
  • 1.8 x 3.9 x 0.7 inches, 3.8 ounces

We’re not sure exactly how this handset carries ruggedized devices forward but apparently Moto did something right as it has already been picked up by two known carriers, Alltel and TELUS. Release timing and pricing are still unknown but we’re hoping carrier subsidies take it down pretty low. Any of you outdoorsy types out there looking forward to snagging one?

[Via Unwired View]

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Motorola announces MC55 handsets

By on March 9, 2009 at 4:33 PM.

Motorola announces MC55 handsets

Yikes. Here at BGR, we’d like to think that the days of having to sacrifice looks and form to have a truly “business-oriented” handset are long over. Handsets like the Nokia E71 and HTC Touch Pro are fine examples of sexy business gear and it would be hard to argue RIM hasn’t stepped up its designs significantly. From the looks of things however, not everyone agrees that business phones for certain industries can be as attractive as they are functional. Case in point: Motorola’s new industrial MC5590 and MC5574 handsets. Looking like a cross between a 10-year-old Globalstar GSP-1600 satphone and the Alcatel Lego Phone, the MC55 brothers sport ruggedized cases and just about nothing else worth mentioning. Basically, the only way either of these handsets is going to be desirable is if you like to pretend you’re the boss of a Colombian cartel in an 80s movie. These puppies will drop some time in Q2 and your dreams will be one step closer to a reality.

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Rogers enters ruggedized handset market with Samsung Rugby and ZTE Rock

By on January 20, 2009 at 10:43 PM.

Rogers enters ruggedized handset market with Samsung Rugby and ZTE Rock

Thanks to some excellent work by one of our trusty ninjas, we’ve got an early look at a couple of new handsets that are set to be announced early tomorrow morning on Rogers. The carrier is looking to beef up its line of ruggedized phones, adding both the Samsung Rugby A836 and ZTE Rock F165 to its stable. The Rugby sports 3G data, email/IM clients, HTML browser, and a 1.3 megapixel camera housed within a case built to withstand “dust, shock, vibration, rain, humidity, solar radiation, altitude, and temperature extremes”. Whoa. The ZTE Rock brings a bit more excitement into the mix, featuring wireless video calling compatibility, HSPA support, relatively hi-res screen, 128MB of internal storage, expandable to 2GB with a microSD card, and a 2 megapixel shooter. It also appears to be well fortified against external attack, though its exact specs in that arena are a bit less obvious than the Rugby’s. The Rugby will be available for $149.99 on a 3 year contract, with the ZTE Rock coming in at a lowly $79.99 on a similar prison term. All told, these look to be a pretty solid addition to Rogers excellent device lineup. Anyone looking to jump on board?

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Motorola announces three new handsets, one you might care about

By on January 6, 2009 at 9:13 AM.

Motorola announces three new handsets, one you might care about

Motorola took the wraps off three of its latest handsets early this morning, though as is often the case for the struggling handset maker – the wraps were hardly on. The first handset, Renew W233, was first leaked some time ago and fully uncovered last week. We know it’s coming to T-Mobile early next month and judging from the response the handset has received thus far, few will be waiting for its arrival. The second handset, Tundra VA76r, was revealed on its way to AT&T back in December and also sparked little interest. Those with a unique need for a rugged handset may find it interesting but it’ll hardly be jumping off AT&T’s shelves to start the new year. Finally, we have the SURF A3100, which you might recognize by its codename “Atila”. Yep, we pretty much scooped it like a sundae back in August and while it hardly received the reception of it’s soon-to-be-announced QWERTY brother Alexander, it is a sexy little handset provided you can see your way past the stylus. The SURF is no slouch, boasting tri-band 3G, a 3 megapixel camera, stereo Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, aGPS and more, but it’s hard to get excited about it when we’ve already moved on to anticipate the flurry of handsets we scooped last month. Hit the jump for press shots of the Tundra and Renew.

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Sonim XP3 hands on review

By on December 9, 2008 at 8:20 AM.

Sonim XP3 hands on review

The Sonim XP3 is dead and we have killed it. Thus begins our hands on review and the results of our torture test of the Sonim XP3 Enduro. Before we begin we wanted to give a big thanks to all of the BGR readers who posted suggestions. They were excellent! As for the tests we ended up choosing, we tried to stick to those that reflected what potential Sonim owners would encounter on a daily basis. Knowing that an elephant can step on it is one thing but it doesn’t help the folks who work (or play) outside in the rain and snow all day or those who are crazy adventurous enough to ride their motorcycle in the rain. Before we get to the results of the torture tests and how the Sonim stands up to its claim of being the worlds’ toughest phone, we wanted to give our overall impressions of the phone from a phone point of view. Hit the jump to see how the Sonim stacks up both as a phone and the world’s most durable device.

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Sonim XP3 unboxing

By on November 21, 2008 at 12:25 PM.

Sonim XP3 unboxing

Sonim XP3

Well look what we have here – Sonim’s latest rugged wonder phone, the XP3. A feature-filled upgrade to the XP1, the XP3 sports the same rugged and durable design that made its predecessor famous. The XP3 is a GSM phone with a 128 x 160 anti-glare and shock resistant screen, Bluetooth, flashlight and a three-year no questions asked guarantee. Those features are just icing on the cake, here are the specs that really matter:

  • IP57 certified waterproof and submersible for 30 minutes at up to 1 meter in water
  • MIL-810F certification for salt, fog, humidity, transport shock and thermal shock
  • Hardened rubber, non-porous exoskeleton
  • Withstands shock-drops up to 2 meters on concrete
  • Impervious to sand, dust, mud and industrial micro-particles
  • Operational range between -20C and +60C
  • Scratch resistant protective screen
  • Keypad buttons tested to 500,000 pushes

Sonim told us to push the phone to its limits and that is definitely what we intend to do. Then we thought to ourselves, who better to come up with some hardcore “torture” tests for our XP3 than the fine readers of BGR? No, we won’t be driving to the Grand Canyon to toss the XP3 in or strapping C4 to it, but give us a shout in the comments and let us know what damage you think we should inflict upon this phone. We will pick a handful of suggestions, capture them on video and include them in our full review.

Click on over to our Sonim XP3 unboxing gallery!

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Motorola VC6096: Fugly meets function

By on October 9, 2008 at 4:12 AM.

Motorola VC6096: Fugly meets function

If you were looking for a rugged, ugly alternative to Nokia’s internet tablets or the flood of netbooks hitting the market, Motorola has just the device for you. The VC6096 has integrated 3G and 802.11a/b/g WiFi capabilities so you can keep up with BGR while you’re at your local Starbucks or out doing something, erm, rugged. It isn’t half bad: The VC6096 (they really need to come up with a name for this thing – like FGLY or something) has a full QWERTY keyboard, microphone and speakers, GPS, and Bluetooth connectivity. And of course, it runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro – the biggest thing that would set it apart from other portable internet devices like netbooks which carry full versions of Windows OS. Slap on 128MB of RAM, 256MB flash, a 624Mhz processor and it rises just above the “Ehh” factor. We really can’t think of any practical use for this thing that another, more appropriate device couldn’t do. But maybe we’re in the minority on this…

[Via NaviGadget]

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