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Want small rugged cellphone with long battery life

  • sheepish Top 10 Forum Poster Monday, March 14, 2016 6:12 AM Reply

    @ozOzo I need a new cellphone. My top three features are small size, a long battery life and some degree of water resistance. I'm not necessarily interested in a smart phone but I might consider it if battery life is good enough. Any suggestions?

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  • ozOzo Top 10 Forum Poster Monday, March 14, 2016 9:55 AM Reply

    I'm flattered you should ask but I'm not exactly familiar with all things mobile! I'll have a word with my son first chance I get. He used to be a mobile tech back when they used to troubleshoot and actually replace parts but he'd still have more idea of current trends than me. Just a few points in the meantime:

    2G will be gone in about a year. Telstra switch off by 1st Jan '17, Optus 1st April and Voda yet to announce, so you are looking for a 3G phone.

    As I'm sure you've found, Those three criteria are pretty hard to find in one phone. Pick any two and it's easier. A "tradies' phone" like SKU: 394025 is more likely to have satisfactory battery capacity and some waterproof rating, (neither what they claim of course), but small it's NOT! Waterproof is the hardest one to fulfil. Unless you're talking about a new Samsung, a water resistant arm pouch or a roll of glad-wrap are probably your best bet. Apart from that I'd search among the cheapest 3G phones. The net is not a priority so you don't need the latest Android version and the  prices drop off for those with earlier versions (like 4.4). I'd start by looking at SKU: 377293 and work up from there. OK, it's not all that rugged or waterproof or battery-wise but it's only $45!  ;)
    I'll keep my eyes open and get back to you.

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  • sheepish Top 10 Forum Poster Monday, March 14, 2016 2:40 PM Reply

    I checked out sku.394025 but researching it found there is a similar version which has a higher res screen (iMAN i5800, without the C on the end?). Too much choice!


    The price on that other one looks quite nice. It's only about a centimetre bigger in its width ond height than my present one. I've almost got enough store credit for it.

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  • sheepish Top 10 Forum Poster Tuesday, March 15, 2016 6:21 AM Reply

    sku.377293 is a better size than most options. Is there the same thing with 900 MHz instead of 850 MHz?

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  • ozOzo Top 10 Forum Poster Tuesday, March 15, 2016 10:58 AM Reply

    900, ah you're with Optus? Testra have 850 MHz, and 2100 seems common to all. Bands are the #1 need-to-know factor when looking for a phone, so why aren't they even included in their search options? Forget it, that wasn't really a question.

    I was looking at the Elephone Q, SKU: 852424555. It's tiny but not a toy- only 90 x 43 x 11.5mm. Not available on dx.com apparently. This one is shown as not having the 900MHz band and yet according to this review sight: http://mymobiles.info/elephone-q/ , there is another version with 900MHz.


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    post edited by ozOzo on 3/15/2016 at 11:03 AM
  • sheepish Top 10 Forum Poster Tuesday, March 15, 2016 2:20 PM Reply

    But it's a Really Good Question. I should be able to search by screen size too.


    The Elephone Q is something I'd put right at the top of my options, although I'd take the stupid motto off the back, and the "Certification... ROSH" is a worry. I tried to get some torches corrected to "RoHS" last month. The error reports were eventually answered on 22 Feb but nothing has changed: "We will give you reply as soon as possible."


    Why do the specs on that site say the camera is 2MP and 5MP?

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  • ozOzo Top 10 Forum Poster Tuesday, March 15, 2016 7:03 PM Reply

    Although DX don't mention it, it actually does have a front camera as well as rear one. I looked and looked but still haven't found one anywhere advertised with 900MHz band so I guess it's off your list. It is pretty basic compared to new phones... only 512MB RAM and mini-phone means mini-battery, and you'd be all thumbs with a keypad the size of that screen, and pity about no band 8. I guess a handy size is the main thing it has going for it. :(

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  • sheepish Top 10 Forum Poster Tuesday, March 15, 2016 7:10 PM Reply

    How on Earth do people carry phones with 5.5" screens? What do they do with them when wearing jeans?

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  • sheepish Top 10 Forum Poster Thursday, March 17, 2016 6:04 PM Reply

    Is it possible to transfer text messages to a different SIM? Are they in a generic or proprietary format? Would they be recognised by a new phone?

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  • ozOzo Top 10 Forum Poster Thursday, March 17, 2016 7:40 PM Reply

    Wow, now you're really overestimating my knowledge of phones and computers! It sounds like the sort of thing that should be possible but I'm the wrong bloke to ask. I'll try to find out though. I wish FallenArchangel was still around, he was good with that sort of stuff.

    Worldwide 4G bands list:
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