Sonim XP3300 hard not to be impressed by a phone you can sink in 6.5 feet of water for half an hour without it drowning, drop into antifreeze, and break out of ablock of fastidious without it sustaining destruction. This is just so the rough-and-dive roughness that spurs harsh-phone maker Sonim Technologies along in its quest to furnish construction staff and others in outdoorsy occupations with cell phones well-built enough to survive a range of environmental hazards. Its latest try, the SonimXP3300 Force, has the same air force specifications for powering through shock, dust, greatest temperatures, difficulty, oil spills, and so on as the previous build, the Sonim XP1300 Core. Even if construction on the two handsets looks like peas in a pod, the Force is more high-class, with a few bonus apps, a camera, and helped GPS with turn-by-turn steering. The lack of facial appearance is a protest we had about the Core, and it’s elevating that Sonim listened.
While the phone’s bulk, heft, grip, and roughness show “harsh” is the name of the game, we did deal with to crack the Brute Glass cover. We don’t hold this against Sonim, not too much, anyway. The company promised austerity, not indestructibility, and we were consciously chucking the handset at a fastidious surface (read the Roughness part for more). It’s just a excellent thing the phone comes with a three-year warranty.
You’ll have to pay a pretty penny for all that safeguard. The Force costs $499 without a contract and will be available in the third week of March through Sonim’s Web site and through its distributor, Feature One.
If the Force were a comic book reputation, it would be the Incredible Hulk, assuming that the Hulk was part fiberglass and not so green. The Force comes in two sign–all black, and black with golden-haired accents. Both versions stand 5 inches tall by 2.4 inches wide by 1 inch thick and weigh a muscular 6.5 ounces.
The Sonim XP3300 Force has more advanced facial appearance than its predecessor, the XP1300 Core. Read more