Inspecting gadgets

ACN rounds up the latest and greatest executive gadgets, from rock-solid tough handsets to the latest in green touchscreen handsets.

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By  Imthishan Giado Published  April 18, 2009

ACN rounds up the latest and greatest executive gadgets, from rock-solid tough handsets to the latest in green touchscreen handsets.

Sonim XP3 Enduro

If there's a tougher handset line out there than Sonim's XP series, we'd really like to see it. The latest version, the suitably-hard sounding XP3 Enduro is meant for people who need to make calls in the harshest working environments possible, such as a construction site or a fashion shoot.

To that end, Sonim has now upped the ante, taking the phone up to an IP57 level of certification. That doesn't mean much to most people, but the seriously-geeky will recognise that it means the XP3 can fall two metres onto concrete without incident or survive being dunked into a metre of water.

But it's not just a tough exterior, the Sonim also boasts a strong - sorry, we can't continue deluding ourselves. The XP3 doesn't really have any advanced features to speak of except the very basics of mobile telephony and a few outdoorsy options like an external antenna for places with terrible reception.

After all, when's the last time you saw a phone that touted ‘WAP browsing' as an actual feature? Oh yes, that's right - back in 1998. That's probably the same year Sonim purchased the batch of 128x160 pixel panels which the phone ‘sports' - be thankful that it's even in colour.

Phones like the XP3 do have their place, but the enterprise working environment isn't one of them. And if you see a CIO sporting one of these, you can be sure that he hasn't seen the sun in a good while.

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