Earlier this summer, NEC announced that it has shut down its smartphone division. While it won't develop or manufacture any new handsets, the company will still provide support for its existing devices. One such device is the NEC Terrain, a rugged handset with a QWERTY keyboard.
In addition to being topped with Corning Gorilla Glass 2.0, the 3.1-inch touch screen has a 640x480-pixel resolution and 260ppi. It runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and includes the usual run of Google apps, such as Chrome, Gmail, Plus, among others.
Like most rugged devices, the NEC Terrain is bulky, and has a thick (0.57-inch) profile. Though I expect handsets like these to be hefty, this phone's tips the scales at 6.08 ounces due to its physical keyboard.
The device reportedly can survive up to 30 minutes underwater at a depth of a meter. During my durability testing, it survived 20 minutes inside a shower and half an hour completely underwater in a shallow bowl (during which it registered an incoming call).
On the left are buttons to activate the speaker and push-to-talk function, and a volume rocker. Up top is a 3.5mm headphone port, and the right edge houses a Micro-USB port and a sleep/power button. Both openings can be sealed with small coverings that lie flush with the surface of the device.
Both the 5-megapixel camera (seen here) and the 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera have an exposure meter, five white-balance options, geotagging capability, three color effects, two quality settings, and a timer. However, the rear-facing camera can shoot up to five sizes (from 640x480 to 2,560x1,920-pixel resolution).