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Vphone M3 Rugged IP68 Android Smartphone Review

Well-build rugged Android smartphones are a dime a dozen. In their effort to create devices that could survive a nuclear apocalypse, manufacturers often make ugly monstrosities that would easily tear a hole in your pocket. So, when Vphone introduced their M3 rugged smartphone with the IP68 rating, the company got everyone’s attention, including us. We can tell you right now that this is the rugged Android Smartphone we’ve been all waiting for.

Vphone M3 IP68 Rugged Smartphone

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Vphone Vphone M3 IP68 Rugged Smartphone 112.99


Quick Specs

  • Android 5.1
  • 16GB ROM
  • 2GB RAM
  • 5″ HD 1280×720 screen
  • 13MP Rear Camera, 5 MP Front Camera
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 4500mAh battery
  • Rugged Features
    • Waterproof IP68
    • Dust Proof
    • Pressure Proof
    • Shock Proof
    • Freeze Proof
    • Scratch Proof
    • High Temperature Proof

Build and Design

Compared to other smartphones designed for outdoor usage, the M3 is surprisingly thin and narrow, despite having a large screen. It looks like a high-end LG or Motorola smartphone in a protective case. Vphone has achieved this by using quality materials and paying a lot of attention to the construction of the inner frame.

They have then coated the durable outer frame with a soft layer of protective rubber. The layer of rubber coupled with the smartphone’s relatively small size help you get a good grip on it, something that’s nearly impossible to do with sleek flagship phablets.

You can get the Vphone M3 either in orange or black. The latter gives the phone a cool stealthy look, while the former makes it easier to find it in the dark. It also matches the color of most safety and construction gear out there.

Features

The most important feature of this smartphone is its excellent durability. Rated IP68, the smartphone can stay 1.5 meters under water without any damage, survive a prolonged use in a dusty environment, and bounce off a concrete floor without a single scratch. Check out the company’s demonstration video in which they try to drill a hole through the display and ultimately fail to do so.

That’s because the 5.0” HD IPS touchscreen is protected with Corning Gorilla 3, “a proprietary glass composition that is better able to resist the deep scratches that cause glass to break,” according to the   company’s official website. Even though the display doesn’t have the Full HD resolution, it still achieves 294 PPI and delivers great viewing experience.

To help you capture your outdoor adventures and show them to your friends and family, Vphone has equipped the M3 smartphone with a 5 MP front-facing camera and 13 MP rear camera with f2.0. Both cameras take sharp pictures, focus in a blink of an eye, and the rear camera even records Full HD videos.

Turning the smartphone on, you boot into Android 5.1 with a few handy apps preinstalled. One of them is Zello. With it, you can turn your M3 smartphone into a walkie-talkie and talk to your contacts privately or join public channels for up to 1000 users.

An excellent outdoor smartphone should never die on you after just a few hours of use. The M3’s 4500 mAh battery can power it for the entire day, helping you safely reach your destination with the help of a GPS navigation app.

Performance

Another smart decision was the MediaTek MTK6735 quad-core 1.3GHz processor with Mali T720 GPU and 2 GB of memory. Even though MediaTek chipsets are considerably cheaper than similar chipsets from Snapdragon, their performance in nearly on par in almost every way. Your GPS may take a little longer to lock on, but once it does, the signal remains strong and reliable.

With 16 GB of internal storage space and a microSD card slot, the Vphone M3 offers plenty of space for your apps, pictures, videos, and documents. Both of its SIM card slots support 4G network connectivity and speeds up to 300 Mbps for download and 50 Mbps for upload.

Pros

  • Very durable
  • Relatively compact
  • Sharp display
  • Good cameras
  • Long battery life
  • Excellent performance

Cons

  • Limited availability

Verdict

If you are in the market for a durable outdoor smartphone that you could take with you everywhere without worrying about its ability to survive water, dust, and shock damage, the Vphone M3 has plenty to offer. The smartphone is extremely affordable, but its availability is limited.

Vphone M3 IP68 Rugged Smartphone

imagebrandproductPrices
Vphone Vphone M3 IP68 Rugged Smartphone 112.99