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    Best Rugged Mobile Phones

    Rugged phones are those which are powerful and shock proof phones. They are also water proof. To some extent this phone are low on feature, but if you are traveler or engage in business where there is no room for soft stuff, you have to get a rugged mobile phone. The phones are designed to give you best performance and life. It does not matter if they fell or sink in water. They still survive. The smart-phones which are sold today are very delicate. Some instant shock or accidental liquid fall can make the phone dead forever. So that means your had spent a huge amount in buying those phone which is wasted. On the same hand to fix it back you have to carry the phone to service center and pay charges. All this things can be avoided if you buy a single rugged phone. Some manufacturers like Nokia or Sony Ericsson are into business of designing an powerful smart-phone. Some examples are Nokia Lumia and Sony Ericsson's Xperia Active are the best examples. I will not say this phones never break, but they are enough strong to deal with various shocks and liquid contact. For regular users who usually move from home to office do not need a rugged phone. But for those who are traveler or work in extreme condition needs a military class powerful mobile phones. To get that you have to sacrifice certain features. There are rugged smarts-phones also but they are too costly. With long life support, this phone comes with powerful battery and tough body. It does not matter if you drop the phone. They are being designed to give performance under extreme conditions. Two things that can kill your phones life is water and heat. This two things are common and among them water is the most frequent threat. To deal with the same the phone is packed with powerful features. Along with local brands I had also listed some international brands which you will love to see. The price mentioned in exact the currency where it is sold.

    Rugged phones are not the very first choice of everyone. We can go with a basic cheap phone also. But to some extent you forget the reliability. Those phones are not yet reliable when you are in extreme conditions. At places where temperate rises and fall very soon, heavy rainfall, etc are some places where you cannot compromise. Also those who love traveling will fear to carry a costly smartphone as it is very easy to loose. At that point for a temporary solution you can stick with rugged phone or carry this with you as a additional option. Because there are some point where you will not find any charging point. This rugged phones are capable of giving you hundreds hours of standby time.

    iBall -- iBall is local brand and easily available. It provides you two product under waterproof series. The first one is iBall Floater and the second one is iBall Splash2D. Both are powerful water resistance phone that are capable of giving you a stable and reliable solution. Both models are waterproof and are capable of handling shock to some extent. If you check specification properly you can notice what features they actually provide. The below image can give you a small glimpse of phone body. The cost of iBall Floater is around Rs.2000 or lower. While iBall Splash2d will cost you around Rs.2500. Both are budget phones. IBall Floater is simple and basic compared to Splash2d. To get more feature you have to have a look on specs sheet of Splash2d. The phone is lightweight and easy to operate also. The first model that is mentioned below offer you basic options and the second has more stuff. In the second model you can have camera, media player, surfing, SD card storage support, etc.

    A. iBall Floater – Rs.2000 Approx.

    Features & Specification :
    • Drop Proof
    • Dust and Water Proof
    • Dual Language Support (English & Hindi)
    • FM Radio & Polyphonic Ringtone
    • Built-in Torch
    • Color Display – 3.6cm (1.44” Display)
    • Light Weight
    • Storage – SMS (100) & Phonebook (500)
    • Battery – 650 mAh with 3hrs Talktime and 130Hrs Standby Time

    B. iBall Splash2d – Rs.2500 Approx.

    Features and Specification :
    • Waterproof
    • Display – Bar Design, 6.0cms (2.4”)
    • 4 Way Navigation Keypad
    • 1.3 MP Camera
    • Connectivity – Internet Surfing, Bluetooth, WAP, GPRS and USB Connectivity.
    • Dual Language – English and Hindi
    • Storage – SMS (200), PhoneBook (1000) and MicroSD card support upto 16GB.
    • Battery - 1050mAh with up to 5 Hrs.30 mins. of Talk time. Music playback time up to 6 hrs. Standby Time up to 300 hrs *(Battery backup depends on network conditions and various other factors)
    • Dual SIM Dual Standby & Mobile Tracker

    Samsung Marine : Price lies between Rs.4,000 to Rs.8,000.

    Samsung Marine is another robust phone made for performance and output. You will never fear this phone carrying outdoors. The issue with this model is that there are very less site where you can find. They last selling price that I saw was around Rs.4,300. This price is a bit higher for such phone. As you can see the image below, the phone looks more traditional with regular Black and Red body. It works on factory OS offering you the most basic features you need. The phone has some multimedia features also. The phone is designed to perform better under extreme conditions. The phone is built on military class which make this device as one of the toughest phone available. It has powerful design which protect the phone against rain, cold, etc. Certified with IP57 protection level the phone can survive inside water. The existing battery is enough capable of giving you a long hours of battery light and there are other features also like flash light, loud speaker, etc. Along this the phone also has a 1.3MP camera and Bluetooth support. For multimedia support the phone comes with FM and music player.

    Features and Specification :
    • Camera : 1.3 mega-pixel camera. Camcorder
    • Connectivity : Bluetooth (2.1). USB.
    • Multimedia : FM radio. Audio format - MP3, AAC, eAAC+ & WMA.
    • Storage : Expandable memory upto 8GB.
    • Display : 120160 screen resolution
    • Dimension : 113 x 48.9 x 17.4 mm
    • Weight : 102.8g

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    Re: Best Rugged Mobile Phones

    Sony Ericsson's Xperia Active : Between Rs.14,000 to Rs.18,000 (Approx price estimated around Rs.16,999).

    If you are looking for a smartphone that is capable of handling shock and water then go for Sony Ericsson Xperia Active. And i you do not believe me you can go on Youtube and find testing videos where users had tested this phone to extreme limit. The phone is powerful enough to give you rich features and robust design. It is a dependable model for adventure lover. The phone is not all affected with water. It works nicely and is capable of absorbing shock instantly. As a smartphone it offers you a number of features related to web surfing, apps, and social networking platform. It has a 5MP camera with LED flash so that you can never miss any important moment under every circumstances. Compared to some rich phones which are available today this is a bit costly product. But still the phone is powerful and capable of giving you a long life support. Because of robust design it does not mean that the phone is heavy. It is made up of a material which makes the phone more light and tough body. Important controls are properly placed over the phone body making is reasonable in use. With wide 3 front screen it became easier to surf and control a number of options.

    As you can see the above design the phone does not looks very basic or outdated. The phone works on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). Android gives the phone power to use a number of features and apps. You can try different stuff on the same. With 1Ghz cpu support the phone is enough capable of handling number of operations more instantly. The front screen offers a wider view to operate and perform a number of actions. The size and dimension are near to perfect and also the phone is not at all heavier to carry.

    Features and Specification :
    • Screen - 3 inch scratch-resistant TFT touchscreen with wet finger tracking. 16 million colours, 320 x 480 pixels
    • Camera - 5 megapixel camera with auto focus & 8x digital zoom, LED flash, aperture f/2.6
    • OS - Google Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
    • CPU - 1 GHz Snapdragon processor
    • Size - 92.0 x 55.0 x 16.5 mm
    • Weight - 110.8 grams
    • Battery - Talk time (up to): 5 hours 31 minutes. Standby time (up to): 351 hours. Music listening time: 25 hours.

    Samsung Galaxy Xcover - Rs.10,000 to Rs.15,000

    Samsung Galaxy Xcover is another powerful Android phone in the market. The phone specification clearly says that it is dust and waterproof. With the new of robust quality to some extent it is necessary to read the specs properly. It features a powerful scratch resistance screen. The durability does not only lies inside the body, but to some extent it offers you a overall feature. This phone is also IP67 certified offering you a much better durable option. With efficient usage and ease of connection it is best suited for all needs. Due to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) support it is more economical to carry. The body is designed to give a number of powerful options. Due to IP67 support you can use the phone blindly outdoors. It has a powerful Torch light and scratch resistant window. For those who simply use the phone more roughly can make this a active choice. Along with the phone offers rich features and output. Due to Android you do not need to compromise under quality.

    Features and Specification :
    • Band - GSM&EDGE Band [ 850 / 900 / 1,800 / 1,900 MHz ]. 3G Band [900 / 2,100 MHz]
    • Network&Data - 3G [HSDPA 7.2]
    • OS - Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
    • Screen - 3.65" with HVGA (320 x 480) Resolution
    • Camera - 3 MP upto Up to 3x digital zoom & LED Flash with AutoFocus. VGA (Recording)
    • Multimedia - Audio - 3GP / AAC / AAC+ / AMR / AMR-NB / eAAC+ / H.263 / MP3 / MPEG4.
    • Storage - 100 + SIM msg, 158 MB + microSD, 1,000 Phone Book Entries and expandable upto 32GB.
    • Connectivity - Bluetooth - BT 3.0 + EDR & USB 2.0 with WiFi [802.11 b/g/n ] and PC Sync Application [Kies]
    • Battery - 1,500 mAh offering Up to 800 minutes (2G) / Up to 660 minutes (3G) of Talktime and 640 Hours (3G) of Stand-by Time.
    • Weight (g) - 100 g
    • Dimension (HxWxD) - 121.5 x 65.9 x 12 mm

    Conclusion :

    Among the above models, you can choose the right one as per your need. But if you need a more powerful phone then you have to go for some international brands. They are JCB, Sonim and Casio Gzone. This brands provides a much powerful phone which are capable of offering you around 120hrs of standby time. They provide models from basic to smartphone depending on your need. But remember that the cost of phone can go above Rs.20K. As they are mostly ship in US and European market. Some of them comes with network lock sold via Sprint, AT&T and Verizon. So to some extent you must stick to the existing brands that I had mentioned above. Among them Samsung and Sony Ericsson's are two products which are best according to me. The next time when you are planing to purchase a rugged phone do have keen look on the specification list. It is not at all worth paying for a high end product which is very delicate and can break off easily. Other than this Nokia Lumia is another phone which is rugged to some extent. The same is applicable for iPhone also. But they cannot be taken into this list as we are talking about phones which can survive in extreme conditions.

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