Rugged phones are designed to provide a means of communication for active users who spend a lot of time outdoors. For this main reason they should be able to withstand extreme conditions and rough treatment. Sophisticated features are usually of secondary importance, but once in a while you come across such stars as the Runbo X3 and Runbo X5, which combine durable bodies with decent specs and walkie-talkie feature. Currently both handsets are available on eBay for $380 or from manufacturer’s website for ¥1,999, which is translates to $318.
Runbo X3 and X5 – Overview
We could say that the phones have rather standard bodies for rugged devices, if it was not for the massive stub antennas, which give somewhat weird impression. As old-fashioned as they seem, there is actually a reason for them to be there – both handsets can be used as walkie-talkies, allowing free of charge communication at a distance of up to 10 kilometers. When you do not want to use this feature, the antennas can be detached giving the phones a more modern look.
Both, the Runbo X3 and Runbo X5, are triple IP67 certified, meaning they are shock, water and dust resistant, and come with dual-core 1 GHz MTK6577 CPUs, 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of on-board storage, microSD support and huge 3,800 mAh batteries. They also offer 8 megapixel rear camera, 0.3 MP front shooters, Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS navigation and app-triggered laser pointer, and run Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Both smartphones are quad-band and comes unlocked, which means that the phone can be used with any GSM service provider, such as AT&T or T-Mobile. The only difference between the models is that the X5 sports a 4.3-inch WVGA IPS screen, while the X3 features a 3.5-inch display and the additional space is occupied by a QWERTY keyboard.