Though the Sonim XP3300 Force has been around for some time now, the phone recently made headlines when it won an official certification of being the world's toughest phone when the handset survived a 25 meter drop on concrete, sans any breakage. The XP3300 Force comes with an IP68 certification. This means it's fully dust proof and could survive up to two meters on water for an hour. Besides, the Sonim XP3300 Force mobile phone is also MIL SPEC-810G certified. It can survive a two-meter drop on concrete.
he phone's display unit comes coated with Gorilla Glass for making it scratch resistant. Even the keypad has been so arranged that it can be operated even by wearing gloves. This is a GSM phone which has no 3G facility. If you want 3G, you can go for the phone. This phone is nearly identical to the XP3300 Force.
The screen size of the phone is small and the 2 inch 240 x 320 pixel panel is definitely smaller compared to most phones. However, bigger screens tend to break easily and should you want a really tough phone, then you should compromise on the size of the screen. There are some upcoming tough and rugged phones like the Samsung Galaxy Xcover and the Motorola DEFY+ but none are as tough as the XP3300 Force.
Other features of the phone include multimedia player, an FM radio, Bluetooth, micro SD card slot as well as a basic 2 MP digital camera. The phone comprises an inbuilt flashlight besides extra-loud audio so that its can be used even in noisy conditions. It also has a noise cancellation system. Though the Sonim XP3300 Force is not a smartphone, it still supports Java so that you can download applications on the platform. The software installed on the phone includes a version of Opera Mini browser as also a standard email client.
The phone has a big 1750 mAh battery which gives up to 24 hours of talk time, 33 days of standby time or ten hours of navigation time. At 185 grams and 126 x 60 x 25 mm, the Sonim XP3300Force is a big beast, mostly because of the waterproofing and shock proofing. The standard package comprises a battery charger, wired headset, belt clip, screwdriver, 3.5 mm headset adapter and a data cable.
Though an impressively tough gadget, the phone is expensively priced. But buyers are unlikely to mind the tag, given the phone's ruggedness. Customers who would be traversing tough terrains or working under tough conditions would go for the phone. Regardless of whether the Sonim XP3300Force further makes a world record or not, it is surely to find favor among those who don't mind paying a little extra for the dash of toughness.
Though the Sonim XP3300Force looks like a good device in its own way, there's much expectation on what the maker will do on the android smartphone front. It's being widely touted that the android version could knock off several competitors.