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Samsung Unveils Cheap, Rugged Handset With Two Month Battery Life

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Samsung Unveils Cheap, Rugged Phone With 2 Month Battery Life

We love our high-end smartphones, but we also like handsets which won't shatter into a million pieces if we suffer a bad case of butter fingers. Which is where Samsung comes along..

Following in its niche, but successful tradition, of rugged handsets like the Solid Extreme, B2700 Bound and Solid M110 is the new 'Xcover E2370' - a phone which is not just tough to break, but immensely practical too.

Getting its rugged credentials out of the way first, the Xcover comes with IP-54 certification which means it is resistant to the ingress of dust and dirt while also laughing off water splashes from any direction. IP-54 doesn't make it as tough as its IP-57 rated Solid Extreme (which could be fully submerged in water) or hardcore champs like the Sonim XP3, but it will withstand abuse your average iPhone or Android handset would have nightmares about.

As for practicality, the Xcover has a mammoth 67 day standby battery life - that's over two months - and talk time is a whopping 22 hours. Of course to achieve such massive figures, the Xcover is no technical tour de force with simple GSM/EDGE connectivity, a small 128 x 150 pixel display and VGA camera. You will at least find Bluetooth, a microSD expansion slot and an FM radio. It is also chunky at 19mm thick and weighs a noticeable 115g, but that's due to the rugged nature of the handset.

That said if you need a simple and reliable fall back phone then at under 80 euros (circa £65) you could well do with an Xcover the next time you don't want to take your prized smartphone to the beach. It should hit Europe in the next few months.

Source: unwiredview.com

stranded

June 30, 2010, 9:33 am

Oh yes!! Most phones should be like this. But i hate the curved keyboard.

JDunn

June 30, 2010, 8:31 pm

How long before a manufacturer comes up with a rugged smartphone? I suspect that won't be as cheap somehow...

Kimbie

June 30, 2010, 8:37 pm

@stranded - If you look at the bigger brother mentioned in the article the Solid Extreme it has a straight kb and is only about £80 by the looks of it on the internet.





But defiantly I would pick one of these up if I was travelling





Kimbie

piesforyou

July 1, 2010, 12:35 am

Perfect fieldwork or extreme sports phone.

Gordon394

July 1, 2010, 12:42 am

@JDunn - they already have: http://www.trustedreviews.com/...





But something a little swankier and Android-based would be nice...

b166er

July 2, 2010, 3:00 am

When I went to the beach recently, I put my Desire in a ziplock sandwich bag :P. The Samsung would be a better idea though. Wouldn't have to worry too much about it getting pinched either.

Martin Daler

July 4, 2010, 3:13 am

@Gordon


"But something a little swankier and Android-based would be nice..."


yeah, thinks the thief also, which is why this phone is not just resistant to dust, moisture and shocks, but also resistant to being nicked, at least more so than if it were nice and swanky. Ideal for the beach, etc.


Personally I find my old Nokia 1100 does the same job - it seems to be bullet proof (does that have an IP rating?), is so undesireable any decent thief would return it, and the screen (B&W LCD) gets more readable the brighter the sun becomes!

Gordon394

July 4, 2010, 6:02 am

@Martin Daler - you misunderstand. ""But something a little swankier and Android-based would be nice..." was referring to the Motorola MC55 linked above that comment and the only rugged smartphone we know of.

cyclekarl

July 5, 2011, 3:14 am

Well I have this phone and was attracted to it for it's supposedly long battery life,but unfortunately mine only lasts 6 days,so where Samsung get 2 months from is beyond me,maybe they have a nuclear battery in theirs,also the dual speakers are unimpressive as is the user interface which is truly awful,but this phone does have a nice keypad and feels nice and solid to hold,but the company shouldn't be allowed to exaggerate the battery life like they do,because if they were honest I probably wouldn't have bought it as my nokia 3109 lasts 5 days on standby.

Bruce

March 2, 2014, 7:59 pm

I have been shopping for a
tough mobile phone for quite a while, and i am really confused as to, get a
smart phone which is not as tough or a normal phone which is a tough mobile and
the screen is less likely to get broke, this cat model seems allot of money and
with a large screen could it get broke still ? i am unsure so i am thinking of
buying one off www.rock-solid-mobile-phones.c... does anyone know about them
they are selling one for £79.99...

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