Dialogue Box 3.9: JCB phone torture test

Dialogue Box 3.9: JCB phone torture test

Summary: Dialogue Box deconstructs Sonim's JCB-branded phone, first in the studio and then by running it over with a truck

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How do you make a product rugged enough to cope with challenging conditions?

Dialogue Box deconstructs Sonim's JCB-branded phone, first in the studio and then by running it over with a truck.

 

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Rupert Goodwins

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  • Rugged or Heavy Duty?

    There are a number of handsets that claim to meet 'ruggedness' standards but which in fact are really only heavy duty phones - It seems the Sonim handset fits into this category - it is still a great handset for the target audience they have in mind

    Why don't you try the same destructability test on some of the other rugged handsets such as the Motorola i580 or if you really want to go to town do a comparison with the really rugged Intermec CN3 and the Motorola industrial series? (They have an interesting claim about using an anglegrinder on the keypad.....)
    davidparry-3ee5d
  • Quiet little Rupert

    Sound quality, my old gripe again. Sorry.

    Both of you were wearing mics on your lab coats, but only Charles' mic appeared to be working. It was fortunate that Rupert had a strong voice.
    julian-ff696-24734373493463300183454248619808