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Sonim XP3 Enduro review | Introduction

Published on: Sunday, May 10th 2009                   Written by: Casper van der Kaaij - Photography by: Mark Peters

Sonim XP3 review

O ver the last few years, mobile phones have become more enhanced. After the arrival of a digital camera, MP3 player, touchscreen and much other functionality, they have almost become portable computers. It's nice if you make use of all these functions, but at the same time it makes the device more delicate. The craving for all of these functions makes it difficult to find a truly old-fashioned, reliable mobile phone without too much additional functionality. Current mobile phones are also more fragile than before, and repair costs out of proportion. This is bad news for a large group of consumers working in physically demanding jobs who need a strong phone that can stand a few bumps. Sonim offers a solution to this group: the Sonim XP3 Enduro handset. Able to handle a few bumps is even an understatement: you have to exceed yourself in order to be able to damage this mobile phone!

Sonim XP3 Enduro review

 

Sonim XP3 Enduro waterproof phone

Sonim XP3 Enduro waterproof phone

First impression of the Sonim XP3 Enduro

The shockproof feature immediately becomes clear, even from the package, because just like the mobile phone, the package itself can stand a good deal. You can stand on it, throw it etc, there is nothing it can’t take. It's nice that this element is also integrated in the package, although it does not serve any purpose other than showing off its indestructibility. The mobile phone is black, quite heavy with a solid feel to it. Whether it has the perfect hand-fit is questionable, but it is certainly decent enough. It has a fairly rough finishing touch to it; in fact; everything is rather rugged, however, that comes with this type of phone. In addition to the phone, the box contains a battery charger, a data cable, a belt clip and a CD containing the users manuals.

Sonim XP3 Enduro review

Sonim XP3 Enduro review

Sonim Enduro XP3 phone design

The Sonim XP3 has a number of keys; right beside the numeric keypad on the front, the navigation keys encircle a confirmation key in addition to two selectors and two keys to answer or end calls. Furthermore, two large, dedicated volume buttons are placed on the side, and a shortcut to consult the phone book as well as a key to operate the built-in flash light. The flash light, a lamp on the top side of the phone, could come in handy at times, while you can even activate it during a call by pressing the shortcut briefly. The general keys are quite pleasant, but the short cuts on the side feel like you're not pressing them when you actually are. Furthermore, there is a small cover on the bottom hiding the connection for the charger/data cable.

 

Sonim XP3 battery

Sonim XP3 battery

Sonim XP3 manual

Sonim XP3 manual

Sonim XP3 software

Sonim XP3 software

 

Sonim XP3 phone holder

Sonim XP3 phone holder

Sonim XP3 belt clip

Sonim XP3 belt clip

Sonim XP3 charger

Sonim XP3 charger

 
 
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