The Good Virtually unbreakable. Great battery life. USB charging.
The Bad No HSDPA, Wi-Fi or GPS. No camera. Virtually no internal storage.
The Bottom Line It seems overkill to protect a phone with these features so thoroughly, while we let our iPhones smash on tiled floors. The XP3 is too pricey for a phone that only makes calls and send messages.
Sonim XP3 Enduro
Calling the Sonim XP3 Enduro ugly doesn't seem entirely accurate. Sure it's twice as thick as Apple's iPhone and covered in garish yellow plastic, but it at least has character — albeit a burly, gruff Army Reservist kind of character. With its deep plastic ridges, exposed screws and machine-like vents, the XP3 looks more like an accessory to an electric drill than a relative of most modern mobiles.
The XP3's screen is an underwhelming 1.77 inches diagonally, with a below average 128x160-pixel resolution. Below the screen is a set of keys dedicated to navigation and shortcuts and a standard 12-button numeric keypad. Though the screen may be under par, the button size and placement is excellent, with large raised keys giving good definition for easy input.
Around the ruggedised chassis we find four extra shortcut keys. Two of these adjust the volume controls, a button on the left is dedicated to opening your contacts list and there's one on the right that activates the flashlight on the top of the handset. On the bottom of the phone are a 2.5mm headphone socket and a mini-USB port for charging and PC transfers.
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