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Sonim XP1300 Core (photos)

The Sonim XP1300 Core doesn't bring a lot of features and call volume could be higher, but it more than fits the bill as an exceptionally durable cell phone.

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The Sonim XP1300 isn't pretty, and that's exactly the point.
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The aren't many phones that can take a full bath. Indeed, the Sonim XP1300 Core can survive a 30-minute dunk in up 6.5 feet of water.
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The XP1300 Core is heavy (6.5 ounces), but it has a wonderfully sturdy feel in the hand.
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Fortunately, Sonim redesigned the navigation controls and keypad from earlier models. They're now user-friendly and comfortable.
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Two screws secure the battery cover and prevent moisture from leaking in.
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The XP1300 Core's twin 3.5mm headset jacks sit on the left side. The top is for a standard wired headset (good), but the bottom accommodates the proprietary charger and USB cable (bad).

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