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Sonim XP 3400 Armor: The "Toughest" Phone in the World

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Sometimes, the best phone may not be the one with the highest screen resolution or AI that will discuss the meaning of life.

Sometimes, the best phone may a phone that you can drop in a puddle without fear of water damage or on concrete without wondering if it makes sense to replace the cracked display. In such cases, the Sonim XP 3400 Armor, described as the world's "toughest" mobile phone may be for you.

The phone won't win any design prizes and looks like a late 1990s Nokia phone that has been wrapped in thick rubber. However, according to its manufacturer, the phone is dust-proof, water submersible to 6.5 feet for 1 hour, drop tested up to 6.5 feet onto concrete and features a 1.5 mm thick scratch and shock resistant Corning Gorilla Glass on a bright, two-inch display. If features matter to you, Sonim says it’s a "high-resolution" color display and there is a 2MP camera for video recording. No, it apparently does not run Android in any version, but it has a music player, a web browser and email client. Standby time is 35 days while the talk time is about 9 hours, according to the manufacturer.

The phone is available via C Spire Wireless for $50.

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    fancarolina , December 18, 2011 5:08 AM
    I'd like to see the blender test.
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    TheCapulet , December 17, 2011 8:12 PM
    Ruggedized phones are the way to go. Too bad this isn't on verizon.
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    bystander , December 17, 2011 8:18 PM
    TheCapuletRuggedized phones are the way to go. Too bad this isn't on verizon.

    Verizon does have a smart phone that is pretty rugged. The Casio G'zOne Commando (Android based): http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=verizon+commando&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=yb3&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:o fficial&prmd=imvns&resnum=3&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&biw=1379&bih=884&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=226148191702551477&sa=X&ei=uxTtTpGFDIPhiAKlhJiKBA&ved=0CHMQ8wIwAQ
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    JOSHSKORN , December 17, 2011 8:30 PM
    This would be a great gift idea if you have a child just barely old enough to have his own cell phone. Too bad I have two younger nephews not quite in grade school yet. They'll have to wait a few years to have something like this. What age, well...that's not exactly something I want to think about, yet. You know how it is...kids with cell phones. That's a whole new can of worms.
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    surda , December 17, 2011 9:11 PM
    this is good for people who work with construction, my friend buys a new phone every month because of his work.
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    Dandalf , December 17, 2011 9:46 PM
    There should be more "niche" phones like this. Not everyone wants a shiny smartphone. I know people who are simply looking for the toughest phone, smallest phone, longest battery phone, and would gladly just have basic features in exchange!
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    Kami3k , December 18, 2011 1:19 AM
    JOSHSKORNThis would be a great gift idea if you have a child just barely old enough to have his own cell phone. Too bad I have two younger nephews not quite in grade school yet. They'll have to wait a few years to have something like this. What age, well...that's not exactly something I want to think about, yet. You know how it is...kids with cell phones. That's a whole new can of worms.


    A child shouldn't have a cell phone to begin with FFS.

    Do your job as a parent.....
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    stingstang , December 18, 2011 1:49 AM
    Very reasonable price. Most 'tuff' technology is marked up to ridiculous prices.
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    TheMaristBoy , December 18, 2011 2:10 AM
    Sonim, you're doing it right!
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    manu 11 , December 18, 2011 2:39 AM
    i phone breaks up from a mere 4 ft height, still this phone is priced resonably
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    RealityClash , December 18, 2011 4:00 AM
    Feature wise, it doesnt really seem much different to a Motorola Defy...
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    fancarolina , December 18, 2011 5:08 AM
    I'd like to see the blender test.
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    cmartin011 , December 18, 2011 3:42 PM
    ahhh the days of throwing my phone across the room... brings back memories...
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    gtx_560tiuser , December 18, 2011 7:56 PM
    it still explodes when it runs crysis...
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    Anonymous , December 18, 2011 10:21 PM
    Kami3kA child shouldn't have a cell phone to begin with FFS.Do your job as a parent.....


    Who are you to blurb such utter rubbish!

    My child has had a phone since she was 5! Its been my main point of contact with her as she lives with her mother. She has had two phones in 5 years, and has looked after them better than most adults look after their own phones, both are perfect, scratch free and working fully. She keeps within her credit limit, and only once has she gone over her monthly allowance and I get a list of all the calls and messages she has made, making it perfectly safe!

    It has taught her to look after her goods, be responsible with her call time and we have a stronger bond because of it! She has owned a laptop for a year now and she looks after that as well, it has brought her a level of trust and responsibility, that IS parenting!

    My Son is 5 now and about to get his first phone, and he will also come to learn responsibility from the experience!

    You sir clearly have absolutely no parenting skills at all!
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    whitelyric , December 19, 2011 2:24 AM
    moriconWho are you to blurb such utter rubbish!My child has had a phone since she was 5! Its been my main point of contact with her as she lives with her mother. She has had two phones in 5 years, and has looked after them better than most adults look after their own phones, both are perfect, scratch free and working fully. She keeps within her credit limit, and only once has she gone over her monthly allowance and I get a list of all the calls and messages she has made, making it perfectly safe!It has taught her to look after her goods, be responsible with her call time and we have a stronger bond because of it! She has owned a laptop for a year now and she looks after that as well, it has brought her a level of trust and responsibility, that IS parenting!My Son is 5 now and about to get his first phone, and he will also come to learn responsibility from the experience!You sir clearly have absolutely no parenting skills at all!


    ROFL Lectures about parenting skills... kids live with mom.
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    enforcer22 , December 19, 2011 7:21 AM
    whitelyricROFL Lectures about parenting skills... kids live with mom.



    sigh yeah.. parents and thier alectronic baby sitters. if you need a cell phone to be close to your kids.. your doing it wrong. 5 year old and a cell phone.... what 5 year old has a use for such a thing.
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    kalidasa , December 19, 2011 8:05 AM
    The phones for his five-year-olds are not about the children, it's about the father. He must have such a rotten relationship with his ex that he has to circumvent the normal methods of communicating with his kids, through a civil relationship with their guardian, by getting them their personal papa walkie-talkies. I love making up stories! Go Tom's hardware!
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    lamorpa , December 19, 2011 12:26 PM
    Kami3kA child shouldn't have a cell phone to begin with FFS.Do your job as a parent.....

    What part of parenting allows you to judge whether a parent has a need to be in touch with a child remotely in certain circumstances. I can't tell if your comment is more pointlessly judgmental than simply stupid.
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    lamorpa , December 19, 2011 12:29 PM
    kalidasaThe phones for his five-year-olds are not about the children, it's about the father. He must have such a rotten relationship with his ex that he has to circumvent the normal methods of communicating with his kids, through a civil relationship with their guardian, by getting them their personal papa walkie-talkies.

    I can only hope you receive the same acerbic judgmental treatment in your life that you are doling out. Or, in case you somehow don't know it, you are an a-hole to make a comment like this. And I'm right.
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    zero2g , December 19, 2011 2:14 PM
    fancarolinaI'd like to see the blender test.


    I think they tried it... nope, it cannot blend
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