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A rugged phone made to withstand a lot of punishment

Sonim XP7

from Android Authority (about 1 year ago)

The Sonim XP7 will set you back $650 off-contract, which is certainly very steep for what is essentially a mid-range smartphone in its specifications and features. To justify this price point, you really have to want its rugged features, and even that may not make it compelling enough for most users... More

The Sonim XP7 will set you back $650 off-contract, which is certainly very steep for what is essentially a mid-range smartphone in its specifications and features. To justify this price point, you really have to want its rugged features, and even that may not make it compelling enough for most users.

All said and done, this smartphone is a very niche product catering to a very specific target audience in mind, so while it may not be for the casual user, if you have a lifestyle that demands this level of ruggedness, this phone could potentially pay for itself in the long run. 

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7.5/10

All your communication needs in one, heavy duty package

Sonim XP7

from Phone Scoop (about 1 year ago)

The Sonim XP7 lives up to its billing as a rugged Android smartphone that can go anywhere and come back unscathed.The XP7 may be bulky and heavy, but the size and weight pay dividends when it comes to the phone's toughness factor. I punished the XP7 and it survived everything I threw at it. The hard... More

The Sonim XP7 lives up to its billing as a rugged Android smartphone that can go anywhere and come back unscathed.

The XP7 may be bulky and heavy, but the size and weight pay dividends when it comes to the phone's toughness factor. I punished the XP7 and it survived everything I threw at it. The hardware is incredibly strong. The buttons and controls are mostly good and can be used even when you're wearing gloves.

The phone handles the basics well. The XP7 had no trouble operating on AT&T's network; the speakerphone is the loudest I've heard; and battery life is unbeatable at two days. The screen is of average quality, but is highly visible outdoors.

The stock Android operating system doesn't include any compelling extras, but at least it functions as intended. The phone has all the core communications and media tools on board, and has access to the Play Store for entertainment. I wasn't impressed by the camera software, nor the camera's performance, but people shopping for rugged phones likely don't care much about that.

The XP7 is for first responders. It's for construction workers. It's for hard-working people who do dangerous things and need their device to survive to the end of the day, every day. If you're in need of an ultra-rugged smartphone, I can't think of a better option than the Sonim XP7.

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7/10

As rugged as smartphones come, complete with a comprehensive warranty against damage

Sonim XP6

from PC Magazine (about 1 year ago)

Don't choose the Sonim XP6 for its robust design; choose it for the robust warranty behind it. The 3-year comprehensive warranty covers any manufacturing defects, hardware failure, and even accidental damage. The XP6 is rugged, but it's not indestructible, which makes that warranty even more crucial... More

Don't choose the Sonim XP6 for its robust design; choose it for the robust warranty behind it. The 3-year comprehensive warranty covers any manufacturing defects, hardware failure, and even accidental damage. The XP6 is rugged, but it's not indestructible, which makes that warranty even more crucial for workers who don't have time to worry about the safety of their smartphone. The biggest stumbling block is the minuscule display that makes using the Android software a chore at times. The XP6 really is a phone in the traditional sense first, and a pocket-sized computer second.

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6/10

The toughest ruggedized smartphone we've seen yet

Sonim XP7

from PC Magazine (about 1 year ago)

Drop an iPhone or a BlackBerry Passport$499.99 at Amazon once, face down, on concrete, and you've cracked the screen. That's what sets tough, clunky smartphones like the XP7 or the Kyocera Brigadier apart from the rest: You don't have to put them in an Otterbox so they can survive your rough-and-tum... More

Drop an iPhone or a BlackBerry Passport$499.99 at Amazon once, face down, on concrete, and you've cracked the screen. That's what sets tough, clunky smartphones like the XP7 or the Kyocera Brigadier apart from the rest: You don't have to put them in an Otterbox so they can survive your rough-and-tumble lifestyle.

The Brigadier and the XP7 are the two rugged smartphones we recommend right now. The XP7 outdoes the Brigadier on ultimate durability, battery life, and extreme speaker volume, with the three-year warranty offering a peace of mind no other phone can match. The Brigadier is less expensive, has a less-scratchable screen and it isn't quite as clunky. Performance on both phones is pretty similar.

There are a bunch of new rugged smartphones which we hope to review soon. AT&T just announced the $524.99 Sonim XP6, which shares many of the XP7's excellent qualities (including its warranty), but has a physical keyboard and a smaller screen. Kyocera has the Torque XT on Sprint, and the Duraforce on AT&T. Both are tough and are likely to be less expensive than the XP7, but they just aren't quite as extreme, and they don't have that amazing three-year warranty. Really, if you've ever broken a phone on a work site, that warranty will be reason enough to buy a Sonim. 

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8/10

Big and bold

Sonim XP1520 BOLT SL

from Fone Arena (2 years ago)

The Nokia Lumia 1520 is definitely a foot in the right direction from both Nokia and Microsoft and as a package, the Nokia Lumia 1520 is quite impressive. When the Windows Phone App store catches up with Android and iOS, this will definitely be a phone to aspire to. For the Lumia 1520 to succeed, ex... More

The Nokia Lumia 1520 is definitely a foot in the right direction from both Nokia and Microsoft and as a package, the Nokia Lumia 1520 is quite impressive. When the Windows Phone App store catches up with Android and iOS, this will definitely be a phone to aspire to. For the Lumia 1520 to succeed, external factors like Windows Phone 8′s lack of basic features need to be addressed.

The huge unnatural size(6inch+ display) may not be everyone’s cup of tea right now, but if that changes(like Galaxy Note series changed the market), then Nokia Lumia 1520 will be the ideal phone. For now, it is a mix of good and bad which you can find right below. 

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Call quality is just not good enough

Sonim XP Strike

from Phone Scoop (3 years ago)

The Sonim XP Strike presents a quandary. If rugged is what you need, it delivers in spades. It is one of the toughest phones I've jumped up and down on with my combat boots. Other than the survivability aspect, the Strike fumbles its core feature: phone calls. The quality of phone calls should be un... More

The Sonim XP Strike presents a quandary. If rugged is what you need, it delivers in spades. It is one of the toughest phones I've jumped up and down on with my combat boots. Other than the survivability aspect, the Strike fumbles its core feature: phone calls. The quality of phone calls should be unsurpassed on this type of device. Unfortunately for Sonim, the Strike does not get the job done. Call quality is just not good enough.

The Strike nails battery life, and connects to Sprint's network well. It offers a smattering of apps (media, camera, browser) that some users might enjoy, but includes little in the way of flexibility of the menu system and doesn't even offer email.

If you don't mind the inadequate call quality, then perhaps the Strike is for you. If you need a device that delivers a better voice experience, Sprint has several viable options.

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Extremely rugged, long battery life, three-year warranty

Sonim XP Strike

from PC Magazine (3 years ago)

The Sonim XP Strike is the toughest phone on Sprint. It also comes with Sonim's incredible three-year comprehensive warranty, and it's hard to put a price on peace of mind. That said, you can get the flip-style Kyocera DuraXT for half the price. It isn't quite as tough as the XP Strike, and it doesn... More

The Sonim XP Strike is the toughest phone on Sprint. It also comes with Sonim's incredible three-year comprehensive warranty, and it's hard to put a price on peace of mind. That said, you can get the flip-style Kyocera DuraXT for half the price. It isn't quite as tough as the XP Strike, and it doesn't come with Sonim's incredible warranty, but it does have a louder speaker and voice dialing, as well as a better camera.

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7/10

A basic bar phone that may just be the most durable phone the general market has ever seen

Sonim XP Strike

from PhoneArena (3 years ago)

Sonim has made a very basic phone that aims to do one thing well: withstand punishment. The XP Strike won’t win any beauty contests, the OS is slow and dated and the camera is horrible. None of that matters, but what does is that it was able to withstand our testing, which at times went above and be... More

Sonim has made a very basic phone that aims to do one thing well: withstand punishment. The XP Strike won’t win any beauty contests, the OS is slow and dated and the camera is horrible. None of that matters, but what does is that it was able to withstand our testing, which at times went above and beyond what it is rated for. Sonim has is a seriously tough phone for seriously tough users that may be more rugged than anything the famed Nextel lineup ever offered.

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8/10

The XP3300 Force makes the world's toughest line of phones even tougher

Sonim XP3300 Force

from PC Magazine (5 years ago)

The Sonim XP3300 Force is the toughest cell phone we have ever reviewed. Not only that, it has the longest talk time of any phone we've ever reviewed: a whopping 22 hours and 29 minutes. It also has the best warranty out there: a three-year comprehensive policy that even covers accidental damage. An... More

The Sonim XP3300 Force is the toughest cell phone we have ever reviewed. Not only that, it has the longest talk time of any phone we've ever reviewed: a whopping 22 hours and 29 minutes. It also has the best warranty out there: a three-year comprehensive policy that even covers accidental damage. And Sonim plans to update the phone with enterprise resource management apps, which could add some utility. Those things combined make this phone our Editor's Choice as the ultimate rugged phone. It's also one of The Best Unlocked Phones.

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7/10

Sonim's new XP3300 Force is a cut above previous rugged models

Sonim XP3300 Force

from Cnet (5 years ago)

It's hard not to be impressed by a phone you can submerge in 6.5 feet of water for half an hour without it drowning, drop into antifreeze, and break out of a block of concrete without it sustaining damage. This is exactly the rough-and-tumble toughness that spurs rugged-phone maker Sonim Technologie... More

It's hard not to be impressed by a phone you can submerge in 6.5 feet of water for half an hour without it drowning, drop into antifreeze, and break out of a block of concrete without it sustaining damage. This is exactly the rough-and-tumble toughness that spurs rugged-phone maker Sonim Technologies along in its quest to outfit construction workers and others in outdoorsy occupations with cell phones sturdy enough to withstand a range of environmental hazards. Its latest effort, the Sonim XP3300 Force, has the same military specifications for powering through shock, dust, extreme temperatures, pressure, oil spills.

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7/10

great rugged phone

Sonim XP1520 BOLT SL

(6 days ago)

One thing that does need improving is the camera. And if you need to send a quick text well that is harder to do. But other than that it's great

One thing that does need improving is the camera. And if you need to send a quick text well that is harder to do. But other than that it's great

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7/10

Very durable phone

Sonim XP5520 Bolt

(17 days ago)

I experienced really good battery life with mine. It's a simple phone that doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles, but it's pretty indestructible for those who need a dependable phone

I experienced really good battery life with mine. It's a simple phone that doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles, but it's pretty indestructible for those who need a dependable phone

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6/10

I will never get another one again

Sonim XP 5560 BOLT

(about 1 month ago)

Texting is terrible talking is lousy signal is bad in whole the phone is terrible

Texting is terrible talking is lousy signal is bad in whole the phone is terrible

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1/10

Rough beast

Sonim XP7

(3 months ago)

I just boight the Sonim Xp7, disapointed it camewith no manual,as it is not very user friendly,when trying to activate and set this beast up. You do loose a few fetures thatheIphone has,so be sure you want to give thoes up,before buying this phone. You can not video chat(FT), you can not receive te... More

I just boight the Sonim Xp7, disapointed it camewith no manual,as it is not very user friendly,when trying to activate and set this beast up. You do loose a few fetures thatheIphone has,so be sure you want to give thoes up,before buying this phone. You can not video chat(FT), you can not receive text messages from iphone users,untill you deactivate your imessages on your macboo and ipads,and iphone(if you still use your iphone). iphone users,can not send you text video,not will their text feature (Voice message) work frm their iphone to the sonimxp7, Sonim does not come with all the bells and whistles..but is crazy tough. There is still not a lot of intel on this phone,the battery last for about a week,before it needs recharging,key pad is small,unless you rotate the phone sideways,then the keypad is about thesame sizeas the iphone keypad. It takes a few days to adjust to it,locate all its features ,I found a lot of the telus crews had little knowledge on the sonimxp7,and were not of much help,in helping me sort out the phone. This phone is made for roigh use,basically a work horse,not a party phone,so you loose the sexy features ,like Face Timing,voice chat,screen shot,text video incoming,there is no switch to click and mute the phone or put on silence,that is down by holding down the voloum key,and waiting for the scroll tab to open,then you slide to desired position. There is a down load manual For the sonimxp7,you can google the manual for the Sonim XP7,it is about 62 pages long,you can down load it to your hard drive,or print it off. So if you are an outdoor enthusiast, or working a job that is first responder, IE: Military,FireFighter,Police,Ambulance First Responder,Search and Rescue.....this cell is perfect for you. Just and FYI, you can change out from your iphone to your sonim,and can still use your iphone to face time and do internet stuff,like facebook and so on,so keep your iphone,if you wish to still beable to face time, it will only wrk with wifi. When you forst get this phone,it needs to charge for 5 hrs..while waiting,download the manual,the best way to add your contacts,and the fastest way,is to tak your old phone and your new sonim,to telus,and they will do it for you,takes only a few min,they will add all your photos and music as well,less stressfull on you,to just have them do it."bring both charging cords"!

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8/10

Nice phone, but disposable

Sonim XP6

(4 months ago)

Nice phone, but if you break something you're in trouble. Zero parts availability, and they wouldn't honor their "warranty". I had to throw away a six week old phone.

Nice phone, but if you break something you're in trouble. Zero parts availability, and they wouldn't honor their "warranty". I had to throw away a six week old phone.

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2/10

Very disappointed

Sonim XP7

(5 months ago)

I bought the XP7 because of a perceived need for durability. As it turns out, this is the only feature it does well. Had I been able to power one up before buying, I may have changed my mind immediately. The price of that durability is bulk and weight. 1) Battery life is poor. This is dead after a... More

I bought the XP7 because of a perceived need for durability. As it turns out, this is the only feature it does well. Had I been able to power one up before buying, I may have changed my mind immediately. The price of that durability is bulk and weight. 1) Battery life is poor. This is dead after a day , whereas my old Samsung Note 3 was good for several days. 2) Camera is beyond terrible. Seriously. My 10 year old motorola flip phone creates better quality photos. Sharpness and contrast are just awful. 3) There is a huge LED on the phone that flashes when you have email, texts and facebook messages; this light is as bright as a 747 anti-collision light and forces you to cover your phone when driving, or put away in a drawer at night. 4) The Bluetooth "Crashes" frequently, and the whole phone must be restarted. 5)The screen resolution/quality is mediocre at best.

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2/10

Everything proof

Sonim XP7

(8 months ago)

All my life I've been a hard charger. work and play. Last 2 years here destroyed 3k in pphones. The 3 yr warranty was worth every penny of the 900 I paid. It will take a beating and keep on ticking lol, should have called it a Timex.

All my life I've been a hard charger. work and play. Last 2 years here destroyed 3k in pphones. The 3 yr warranty was worth every penny of the 900 I paid. It will take a beating and keep on ticking lol, should have called it a Timex.

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9/10

It's made to last a while

Sonim XP5

(8 months ago)

I switched from Sprint to AT&T to get a decent submersible cell phone. I' a marina manager and having outdoor electronics that won't die from a dunking is important. Not every day outdoors is sunny and dry. There are storms, some very heavy weather, water - LOTS of water - and drops, bumps and b... More

I switched from Sprint to AT&T to get a decent submersible cell phone. I' a marina manager and having outdoor electronics that won't die from a dunking is important. Not every day outdoors is sunny and dry. There are storms, some very heavy weather, water - LOTS of water - and drops, bumps and binds. So far, no complaints. This is a smart phone but not with a touch screen like my girlfreind's sissy phone. I'm on a learning curve with this phone, but luckily I think it'll last long enough for me to finally learn all the secrets and tricks to operate all (most of?) the functions.

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9/10

$700 gets you NO MANUAL

Sonim XP7

(11 months ago)

Just got mine... $700 for a phone with no manual. Its designed for remote hard working people that pay through the teeth for bandwith and it comes with no manual. Try their web page.. No manual...no reference to updates, no specs, jack. Thank you SONIM. I thought It might be great given that Sonim... More

Just got mine... $700 for a phone with no manual. Its designed for remote hard working people that pay through the teeth for bandwith and it comes with no manual. Try their web page.. No manual...no reference to updates, no specs, jack. Thank you SONIM. I thought It might be great given that Sonim is based out of Korea, but the phone is made in China, I guess the price of a few peices of paper would blow their profit margin. Ive been trying to download the manual for over AN HOUR from Bell.ca so I know which of the 8 buttons do what... There goes my DINNER MONEY. How bout a little green phone so people know how to ANSWER IT WHEN IT RINGS? ever think of that??

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1/10

You can't hear the two way radio in a running truck zello on my smart phone is better and cheeper

Sonim XP1520 BOLT SL

(about 1 year ago)

Radio part of phone as turned off by company it just could not be heard, not even close to the old mike phones

Radio part of phone as turned off by company it just could not be heard, not even close to the old mike phones

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1/10

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