Sunday, March 28, 2010

The 'world toughest mobile phone that can survive 60C heat

The 'world's toughest' mobile phone that can survive 60C heat...

Have you accidentally broken your phone by dropping it down the toilet, knocking it off a window ledge or leaving it in the oven? Okay few people will have done the last one, but Land Rover claim it's new S1 phone can survive all three.

They have teamed up with Sonim Technologies to launch what has been dubbed the 'world's toughest' mobile.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes shows off his S1 Land Rover mobile. It can work in temperatures as cold as -20C and hot as 60C

In tests the £299 mobile was found to be impervious to dust, dirt, shocks and drops from 6ft in the air onto concrete.

Land Rover claim it is completely waterproof to a depth of one metre for up to 30minutes and can stand the pressure of almost 100lbs.

Unveiled by Sir Ranulph Fiennes on his return from Mount Everest last month, the handset is equipped for the explorer.

It is being sold with the tagline: 'The first mobile phone rugged enough to be called a Land Rover.'

The rugged mobile, which has gone in sale in Tesco today, can be used in extreme temperatures. It should work in -20C conditions to a sweltering 60C. It can even survive short bursts of 100C heat.

While it isn't the most streamlined of phones, the S1 Land Rover does come with a 2MP waterproof camera with flash, built in GPS, torch light, FM radio and WAP browser.

It also has an extra-long battery life with over 1,500 hours of standby time and 18 hours of talk time - useful in case you get lost in the jungle. There are extra-loud speakers for use in extremely noisy environments.

Lindsay Weaver from Land Rover said: 'Like our vehicles this phone is extremely capable and will work in the toughest of environments.'

And should the unthinkable happen and it does break down, the phone comes with a three-year unconditional guarantee.

The handset is on sale in Tesco stores and in July. It is also available from and

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