New gadgets making an entry into the smartphone market often come with a tagline “thinnest”, “most powerful” or “lightest” but it is not every day that we see a phone with a “most rugged” tagline. A Swedish based company is working on “the world’s toughest” smartphone that it claims will resist almost all forms of unintentional abuse. Wouldn’t this be a perfect phone for you if you are one of those careless people who drop their phones every two hours! The Nautiz X1 boasts of an IP67 certification as well as 810 military standard compliance – the phone might as well be bulletproof.
One very interesting feature with the Nautiz X1 is that it comes with Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 compatibility out of the box besides the default Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. This is the first kind of phone I have heard of with a possible dual operating system capability. I am not sure yet whether the Nautiz X1 will allow dual booting or a user has to choose to retain Android or remove Android and install Windows.
The core features of this newest rugged Android phone include a 1 GHz dual core TI OMAP 4430 processor, 512 MB of RAM and 2 GB onboard memory but with a microSD expansion slot to expand the memory. It also sports a4 inch screen with 800 X 480 pixels resolution which is mediocre by today’s smartphone standards but on a good note the screen has a sunlight-readable surface, something that not many smartphones come with today. After all, the phone is specially designed for outdoors use, so readability of the screen is a necessary feature.
The ruggedness of the phone means that you can hit, knock, bump, drop or bang this gadget and you will not need to worry about collecting the pieces with a broom. You will end up with a scratch-free fully functional and still an elegant phone after any form of abuse. The phone is also designed to withstand sand, humidity, water and extremely low temperatures – this phone works pretty well in the Sahara and in the North Pole. Despite all this ruggedness, the phone weighs only 180 grams, actually lighter than the Nokia Lumia 920, and measures only 15mm.
The phone comes packed with a 2,920 mAh Li-Ion battery too, not the standard 1,530 mAh one although for this a buyer may have to churn out a little more. This may seem like a budget phone but not before you find out that it has all the standard features that make it an outdoors phone including a 5 MP camera with Autofocus and LED Flash, WiFi, E-Compass, G-Sensor and microUSB 2.0 port.
This is a phone to invest in if you are one of those people who like to travel into the wild because it works practically anywhere on the planet. The bad news though is that this ruggedness will set you back $900 – yes, that is almost $1000.
Do you think this ruggedness is worth this much? Would you go for this phone? If you are interested, then you can place an order when it starts shipping in January 2013.