AT&T on Thursday announced the upcoming launch of the Samsung Rugby Smart. The Rugby Smart is a waterproof, dust-proof, shock-proof Android smartphone designed for users who need a durable device that doesn’t compromise functionality (or look like a space-age phaser). Spec highlights include a 3.7-inch WVGA Super AMOLED touchscreen display, a 5-megapixel camera, a 1,650 mAh battery and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. “The Samsung Rugby Smart is perfect for active customers who need another level of durability with their smartphone,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets, in a statement. “It is water and dustproof and has all the features of a leading smartphone.” AT&T’s full press release follows below along with a video showcasing the device’s rugged build quality. More →
Google’s proposed acquisition of Motorola on Monday nearly overshadowed Motorola’s latest Android smartphone, the DEFY+. Like the original DEFY, the DEFY+ is water resistant, scratch resistant and dust proof. It is equipped with a 1GHz processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) with MOTOBLUR, a 3.7-inch screen, a 5-megapixel camera, 2GB of internal storage and a 1,700 mAh battery. Motorola says the DEFY+ will be available in Asia, Europe and Latin America beginning in early fall, but we also suspect we’ll see a variant land on T-Mobile to replace the DEFY. Read on for the full press release. More →
We’re big fans of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform here at BGR, but we have to admit that the OS is seriously lacking when it comes to top-notch hardware. Even the 4.3-inch display touting HTC HD7, which we thoroughly enjoyed in our review, felt a bit light and plasticky for our taste. Right now the Dell Venue Pro is easily the most solid Windows Phone available, but that will soon change thanks to a little deal Nokia announced earlier this month. Nokia has a laundry list of strengths and hardware is definitely somewhere near the top, as any Nokia fan will attest to. If you haven’t had the chance to play with a recent Symbian phone to see for yourself, which is pretty like if you live in the U.S., Russian site hi-tech.mail.ru put together an N8 torture test video that should help convince you. We can’t say we approve of this Russian Nokia fan’s choice of swimwear — you’ve been warned, readers — but he definitely helps stress just how solid and durable Nokia handset are. The N8 laughs in the face of a key, a blade, snow, ice and even sand before finally dying after being submerged in seawater. Of course, Nokia’s N8 isn’t a waterproof phone, so we’re not sure why this smartphone sadist chose to submerge it in the first place. Hit the jump for the full video. More →
Boasting of “the power of Sprint 3G and military-grade toughness,” Sprint announced Thursday the launch of its first sub-$100 submersible handset, the Sanyo Taho. Featuring a ruggedized housing and a non-slip grip, the Taho is an ideal device for a variety of labor industries. Sanyo’s Taho is built to military 810G spec and can withstand dust, shock, vibration, extreme temperatures, blowing rain and even water immersion. It also features a clamshell form factor, a 2-megapixel camera with LED flash and video capture support, GPS, Bluetooth, microSDHC support and more. The Sanyo Taho is available immediately online and in Sprint stores for $99.99 after rebate with a two-year contract. Hit the break for Sprint’s press release. More →
As much success as Nokia has had — and still has — in emerging markets, it wouldn’t be a stretch to assume the Finnish company’s lineup is already jam-packed full of durable handsets. That assumption, at it were, would be wrong. Say hello to the company’s first water and dust resistant handset, the Nokia 3720. With IP54 certification, the 3720 will also be shock resistant if and when it drops (wink, wink) some time in September. Beyond that, our guess is that we’re looking at a pretty inexpensive handset that will run S40 and never make it to this side of the pond. Tears of indignation or shrugs of indifference?
Back in the day, beer makers were faced with a marketing conundrum: How do you draw attention to your product when there really isn’t anything to differentiate it from every other competitive product out there? The answer they came up with… Naked women. These days, scantily clad females are less common in TV commercials here in the US, having been replaced by stupid guys doing funny stuff in beer ads, but that hardly means the spirit of “sex sells” doesn’t still rear its head from time to time. Take Casio’s new online ad for its upcoming Exilim C721. In the eyes of the general consumer there are really only two things that differentiate this handset from any other: a swiveling display and a water resistant case. With that in mind, how can Casio draw attention to its upcoming handset headed to Verizon Wireless? Hit the jump for the answer. On a related note, we hear Casio’s next ad run could be titled Debbie Does Digital.
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.