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Old 31-10-2012, 2:15 PM
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Question Rugged smartphone... which should I go for?

Hi guys,

I am probably going over old ground here, but I am after some advice with regards to rugged smart phones, or at least "ruggedising" a normal one. What ever I get, it will be my first smart phone. I'm not a gear freak, a media socialite (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc.) or a compulsive internet trawler. All I want a device that can be used as a phone, a SatNav (it will be used on a motorcycle - hence the need for a rugged solution) and a camera.

With regards to rugged options, I believe that there are only 3 choices that meet my criteria; Andriod, 3.5 inch screen minimum (the bigger the better) with good resolution/PPI, IP67 (bike SatNav, hiking, climbing), under £300, GPS, Camera:

Motorola Defy+
Samsung Galaxy Xcover (GT-S5690)
Sony Xperia Go

However, I have read/heard negative things about each;

Defy+: Re-boots itself at the drop of a hat (is the original Defy any better/worse?). Poor after sales service from Motorola

Galaxy Xcover: Low screen resolution (320x480) with poor outdoor visibility. Poor camera. No Flash support (not sure if this is a problem). Fairly average camera.

Xperia Go: Small screen and low screen resolution (but better PPI than the Xcover because of it's 3.5in screen). Poor speaker.

Of the three, the Defy+ has the best spec and is closest to my needs, but it's the firmware/hardware problems and lack of support that trouble me.

I've also considered the Nautiz X1, which looks on paper (4in screen, 400x800 screen resolution, IP67 MIL-STD-810G, Andriod 4.0/Windows 6.5 configurable), but I cannot stretch to it's RRP of approx. £560 when it is released. The Casio G'zOne Commando looks quite funky, but I cannot find anywhere in the UK that sells them or a long term report,

The alternative option is to "ruggedise" a current smart phone by using an "Otterbox" or similar. This will give me a wider choice of devices, but I can't see anyway of getting that all important IP rating for when I'm out and about. For example, I could buy a Samsung Galaxy S+ and rap it in a Commuter case from Otterbox; 4 inch, Super AMOLED screen (nice and bright), plenty of accessories on the market (it's in the same physical case as the standard S). I must admit that I am not too bother about going for device with a screen bigger than 4 inches because I'm not that fussed about watching films or video on, plus it becomes a bulky with a case added.

Any help on all or any of the above would be greatly appreciated,

Neil.
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The Jcb one is highly regarded as a sound rugged phone.
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The Jcb one is highly regarded as a sound rugged phone.

Hi Lee,

Are you referring to the JCB Defy+ variant? I had considered that one, but again it could have the same problems and after sales support issues as the standard Motorola model. Or am I way off the mark on these points?
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Rugged smartphone... which should I go for?

Hello,

I am probably going over old ground here, but I am after some advice with regards to rugged smart phones, or at least "ruggedising" a normal one.
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You could get yourself a normal smart phone but put a heavy duty otterbox case on it with a screen protector.. the cases make them look like a tank but are really protective.
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