Specs summary

Screen
4"

The Sonim XP7's screen is 4 inches with 480 x 800 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8926 Quad core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
4800mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 4800 mAh battery. Sonim's performance ratings are 41.7 days standby time, 2400 minutes (2G), minutes (3G).



The Sonim XP7 is a rugged phone made to withstand a lot of punishment.

- Lanh Nguyen , Android Authority 


If you spend most of your time outside doing active things in dangerous places, the XP7 is probably exactly what you need.

- Eric M. Zeman , Phone Scoop 

Reviews summary

6.2/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 19 reviews

What's good

  • Ultra-rugged design
  • IP68/IP69 rating
  • Loud loudspeaker
  • Excellent battery life
  • Wide network support
  • Three-year worry-free warranty
  • Glove-friendly display

What's bad

  • Price
  • Older Android version (4.4.2)
  • No microSD support
  • Proprietary charge cord
  • Lackluster display

If your daily routine often involves outdoor adventures or high-impact work environment, you probably leave your sleek and shiny phone at home. It only takes a few drops or bumps to add a phone replacement to the cost of your day.

Sonim thinks they’ve fixed this problem by combining a full-featured smartphone with a rugged design built to handle tough environments. They even offer a three-year warranty with accidental damage coverage!

But if you’ve used a ruggedized phone, you’ve probably experienced the tradeoffs typically involved. Does the Sonim XP7 actually deliver a great phone experience and can it stand up to the durability claims?

Let’s see what the reviews are saying!

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Every review was quick to point out the heft of the phone. The word “brick” was used often. The phone is wrapped in a rubber case with added protection on the corners and hardware buttons in place of the capacitive options on many handsets. PC Magazine notes, “This is not pocket friendly. This phone is designed to be kept in a coat pocket or on a belt clip.”

To put dimension in perspective, at 22mm thick, you could stack two of 2016’s flagship phones on top of each other and still not reach the thickness of the XP7. Phonescoop used the phone for a few days and noted, “I didn't have any trouble holding or using the phone, but the weight does get to you after prolonged use.”

The rugged design is IP68/IP69 rated for resistance to dirt and dust and submersion in water up to 6 feet for 30 minutes. It achieves part of this through a proprietary magnetic charge port. So don’t expect to use your usual USB cables with this phone. Reviews on the charger were positive, though you might have trouble sourcing a spare if you lose yours.

Coming around the front of the device, you’ll find a 4-inch LCD running at 800-by-480 pixels. Reviews of the screen were average. Android Authority summed up opinions well, saying, “The screen is functional, but in this day and age is quite a poor looking panel. Apart from the low resolution, colors are washed out, with a lot of color shifting when viewing off axis, which doesn't make for a very good gaming or media consumption experience.”

Keeping things moving at a snappy pace, the phone is powered by a 1.2Ghz Snapdragon 400 processor. While reviews were quick to point out this isn’t a gaming phone, none had any major complaints about performance. PC Magazine said, “Android productivity app performance was decent in my tests, but only decent. High-end games like Beach Buggy Racing have less than optimal frame rates. This is true for all midrange, Snapdragon 400 phones; there's nothing out of place here.” You’ll also find 16GB of internal storage to bring your favorite apps, movies and music along for the ride.

Part of the reason the phone is so thick and heavy is the 4800mAh battery. As the number suggests, reviews show this leads to some beastly battery life. PC Magazine said, “This is definitely a two-day phone—maybe even three.” ZDNet took their phone for a 12-mile Mudder and declared, “Battery life has been absolutely stunning. I actually had to check to make sure everything was running properly because I just couldn't believe there was still plenty of power remaining days after I started using it regularly.”

While the phone won’t take pictures you’ll frame and hang, the 8MP rear camera and 1MP front-facing lens received decent reviews. Android Authority tested the camera and said, “The picture quality is just about average in this case, but is certainly better than what I expected and offers a decent amount of color and detail.”

Overall, reviews of the device were positive--though most reviews agreed that this phone serves a specific market. Gigoam said, “For outdoor workers and those with very active lifestyles, I doubt you’ll find a more rugged Android phone than the Sonim XP7.” CNet summed up reviews well, stating, “The XP7 says ‘don't worry.’ It's a tool, and can be treated as one. And while it didn't prove indestructible (glass is glass), it took concentrated buffoonery to wear it down.”


Reviews (6.2/10 Avg. rating)


Android Authority

A rugged phone made to withstand a lot of punishment

from Android Authority

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...

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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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Phone Scoop

All your communication needs in one, heavy duty package

from Phone Scoop

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...

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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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PC Magazine

The toughest ruggedized smartphone we've seen yet

from PC Magazine

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...

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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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GigaOM

A rugged phone handles everything you can throw at it

from GigaOM

No, these aren’t flagship specifications but in my experience with the phone, I think it’s an acceptable tradeoff. Performance is solid for what’s inside and you’re getting the peace of mind knowing that no matter what the environment throws at you, you don’t have to...More

No, these aren’t flagship specifications but in my experience with the phone, I think it’s an acceptable tradeoff. Performance is solid for what’s inside and you’re getting the peace of mind knowing that no matter what the environment throws at you, you don’t have to baby your phone. In my testing, I had no hiccups running apps or viewing online content — things are just a bit slower than I’m used to since I gravitate towards flagship-type devices.

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Cnet

A reliable device to get you through hazard-filled days

from Cnet

The Sonim XP7 sits in an entirely different category, aimed at businesses that need reliable performance in the worst conditions. I can certainly manage to find an outlet every few days to keep my gadgets topped up. I don't often need to check my email while wearing snowboarding gloves, caked in...More

The Sonim XP7 sits in an entirely different category, aimed at businesses that need reliable performance in the worst conditions. I can certainly manage to find an outlet every few days to keep my gadgets topped up. I don't often need to check my email while wearing snowboarding gloves, caked in mud and dust. And I wouldn't dream of trusting most cell phones to bear sheeting rain and howling winds with gusto while I hurriedly tore down a tent that was obviously built for milder climes. At least, not without worry.

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ZDNet

The ruggedized Android smartphone built to withstand active lifestyles

from ZDNet

Battery life has been absolutely stunning. I actually had to check to make sure everything was running properly because I just couldn't believe there was still plenty of power remaining days after I started using it regularly.

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Battery life has been absolutely stunning. I actually had to check to make sure everything was running properly because I just couldn't believe there was still plenty of power remaining days after I started using it regularly.

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John

Ok but not great

Xp7 is definitely the most rugged phone available. It has its issues though. Camera picture quality is lower than iPhone 3, back button gets no response after pushing multiple times during browsing occasionally, the preloaded kernel user interface is poor in its layout for advanced users, too many exan...More
Xp7 is definitely the most rugged phone available. It has its issues though. Camera picture quality is lower than iPhone 3, back button gets no response after pushing multiple times during browsing occasionally, the preloaded kernel user interface is poor in its layout for advanced users, too many exanples to list, browsers constantly crash, sound is not always adjustable during watching, serious delays when changing screens (annoyingly long response times), access to to texts is annoying, the list goes on. It's OK but not great. Less
Been using this phone with my work for about month. The exterior of the phone very durable and has great battery life. But, I dropped the phone today at waist height for only the second time in a month and the LED screen went black, no cracks or scratches, but the phone is no longer usable because th...More
Been using this phone with my work for about month. The exterior of the phone very durable and has great battery life. But, I dropped the phone today at waist height for only the second time in a month and the LED screen went black, no cracks or scratches, but the phone is no longer usable because the led inside broke. The outsides durability means nothing if the inside breaks.... Less
Cliff

Durability, Dedicated EPTT & Battery life..

I have been using my Sonim XP7 with Bell for just over 8 months now. I must say I had issues at first with the stability of the device, after dealing with their support team and one software update later, all my issues are now history. I used to go through 2-3 devices per year (Samsung Rugby, Active etc)
I have been using my Sonim XP7 with Bell for just over 8 months now. I must say I had issues at first with the stability of the device, after dealing with their support team and one software update later, all my issues are now history. I used to go through 2-3 devices per year (Samsung Rugby, Active etc) Less
Jim

Waterproof not mine!

People can't hear me. Scrambled! Dropped it in six inches of water and it filled the case. Got so mad at it I chucked it to the floor and screen cracked into a spider web. Piece of shi!?,,.;(;::((. Never again. Only good thing is battery life and it's a red neck Brut looking piece of junk!
richard

Very bad choice

I bought this phone for the only reason most people have, I have destroyed 8 phones over the last year. I needed something that would stand up to my job - Residential and commercial plumbing. The first phones OS crashed shortly after i bought it and the phone stopped turning on. From day one people...More
I bought this phone for the only reason most people have, I have destroyed 8 phones over the last year. I needed something that would stand up to my job - Residential and commercial plumbing. The first phones OS crashed shortly after i bought it and the phone stopped turning on. From day one people could not hear me unless i was using bluetooth. The replacement phone arrives, again people could not hear me unless i was on bluetooth. Thankfully this was stolen out of my truck a few days ago, when I ran into my house to get something. I am stuck though as I need a phone that has some durablity, PTT and somewhat can take a decent quality picture. The ONLY thing this phone can do is take a hit, the camera, mic, OS, signal reception is all very very poor. Less

Rough beast

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...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"! Less

Very disappointed

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...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. Less

Kevan

You don't have a clue about what you are taking about. Toughest phone I have ever had, when I broke it, accidently on purpose, it was repaired in less than 6 business days and returned better than new.


Kevan

Best phone ever..period


William

I love the phone as it requires my needs for my job and what i do but i ran into a software issue and i'm almost at the point of throwing the phone out over a stupidity.Updating the phone failed and was nothing but a waste of time and trying to fix it by recovering or doing factory resets are pointless.I tried contacting them, completely a waste of time.

Everything proof

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.

$700 gets you NO MANUAL

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...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?? Less

Tough Phone. Finally a phone that is not a toy. Usable, durable.

I have use this phone now for three weeks since retiring my Omnia i910. I had compared it to the Samsung S5 Active and the Rugby II. Although it does not spec as well on the camera and processor, and lacks a removable battery and SD card slot it does outperform in other areas. The speakerphone is...More
I have use this phone now for three weeks since retiring my Omnia i910. I had compared it to the Samsung S5 Active and the Rugby II. Although it does not spec as well on the camera and processor, and lacks a removable battery and SD card slot it does outperform in other areas. The speakerphone is the best I have used, very loud, the external buttons are very tactile and the battery life is exceptional. I have an average of 5 days before I need to charge and it could go further. It is also heavy and some may not like that, but it is a rugged phone for those who want a phone, not a toy. The USB charge/data cable is such that the phone is sealed and uses a magnetic attachment. No charge port to wear out. The usable memory stands at about 11.9GB for the end user which is sufficient. Android 4.4 2 is OK as well. Very glad I waited for this one as I tend to keep phones a while. BTW I work in industry where most phones don't survive. Most of my friends have those trendy "Broken Screen" phones, Not me. Less



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Full Specs

Overview
Release date October 16, 2014
Regions available Canada, United Kindom
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/800 /850/1800/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4 KitKat

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8926 Quad core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.64 W/kg
Body: 0.68 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 3 Years
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 4800 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 480 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 420 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time 2400 minutes
3G Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 41.7 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.7 x 7.2 x 2.1 cm (5.4 x 2.8 x 0.8 in)
Weight 290 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
Pixel density 233 pixels
Size 4 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Glove touch, Corning Gorilla Glass 2
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) Yes
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Panorama, Exposure
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WMA, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Sonim XP7700

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