Is A Nearly Indestructable Phone Worth $499?
Guess how many licks it takes to get to the center of this baby and win one for yourself–a $499 retail value!
Now granted, this phone does meet two standards for ruggedness: IEC IP-54 rating for protection against water and dust, and MIL 810F certified for salt, fog, humidity, transport shock and thermal shock. In other words, it takes a licking and keeps on ticking.
The functionality is more about function than being pretty. The feature set, sans all the ruggedness, reads like a fairly typical low-end handset. It is a Euro Tri-band GSM phone, meaning no GSM 850. $499 seems awfully steep for that. Unless you have a need for an extremely rugged phone, I’d recommend something cheaper and rugged enough, e.g. Nokia 1100 series. In fact, buy a couple and keep one as a spare.
Disclaimer: While Nokia pays me, they didn’t pay for this. This is my own opinion.