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Tough Mobile Phones – the summary and conclusion

One Mobile Ring has run a feature over the past month surrounding tough mobile phones, where we have put a selection of them thoroughly through their paces to see if they are tough enough to survive life’s little knocks and scrapes.

These tougher-than-average handsets have all traditionally been aimed at lifestyles and occupations where an arduous phone is a necessity, such as in construction, outdoor sporting pursuits and other walks of life where most mobiles wouldn’t survive a day – let alone the lifetime of the accompanying contract.

OMR tested the Android based full touch-screen Motorola Defy, the candy-bar form factor JCB Sitemaster and the Samsung Sold Immerse device of a similar design to JCB’s.

Our tests surrounded their waterproofness, where we immersed the individual phone in a glass of water for 10 minutes during a call. We also tested how dust proof they were, but placing the handsets in a glass and then adding fine sugar – whilst leaving the phone in the container for a full 10 minutes.

Motorola Defy

The Motorola Defy survived our tests in an exemplary manner and came through completely unscathed, as if completely unaffected by any of the tasks. OMR believes the phone would be a good addition to anyone and not just someone that needs a tough phone, as accidents do happen and even to the best of us.

JCB Sitemaster

JCB’s Sitemaster is a very tough and reliable mobile phone, but one more suited to the construction site than everyday life due to it’s no frills appearance but very arduous nature. The phone lasted well throughout our tests, but some condensation did appear inside of the screen a day afterwards, which soon dissipated but this didn’t affect the Sitemaster’s running. In our tests the phone managed to last seventeen hours and twenty-nine minutes worth of making calls too, before needing to be recharged – which means it would last more than a week or so in regular use.

Samsung Solid Immerse

One Mobile Ring believes the Samsung Sold Immerse is a good outdoor mobile phone, with more of a professional look than others we have seen. The design of the case is made up from many individual plastic ridges and separated keys, which did house a lot of water after the first test. The liquid was a little difficult to remove and did actually take some time to be completely eradicated, which could cause an issue in the long run and especially with saltwater if not removed. The phone also has a large keypad which can be accurately used with gloves, where the handset could be ideal for a weekend walking in bad weather conditions and also on a building site with safety gloves.

All of these phones were proven to be resilient to being dropped and lasted through our testing where we could even see elements of these tough phones as common place as a camera in a mobile – where once it was only found in high-end phones and are now found in everyday handsets.

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Rob has worked in the affiliate industry for many years with large publishers, and previously worked as a journalist on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, ITProPortal, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show.