Whatever happened to buying a phone just so you can make and take calls from virtually anywhere?

These days, it’s all about the glitz and the panache. People today have been configured to believe that the more applications they can store on their phones, the cooler they become. It’s a product of the rapid pace at which technology is morphing our lives.

Lost in the whole idea of owning a mobile – apart from its simplest and truest function of making calls – is finding a phone that can last the test of time. After all, what good is your week-old iPhone if you accidentally drop it on the toilet because you were so engrossed in chatting up your friends?

Sometimes, it’s better to choose function over style and in some cases, durability over style.

The Land Rover S1 mobile phone is all about durability. We know what you’re thinking – What on earth is a car manufacturer doing making mobile phones?

The newly released Land Rover S1 Phone is as tough as it gets
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The answer, of course, is they have help.

The company that manufacturers the phones for Land Rover is actually Sonim Technologies, and the request of Land Rover, Sonim has been tasked to create a mobile phone that exudes the same ruggedness that is widely associated with the car manufacturer.

The result, as we’ve said, is the Land Rover S1, which has been described as ‘rugged beyond anyone’s imagination, making it ideal for field use’.

The road to ‘ruggedness-beyond-anyone’s-imagination’ was actually a painstaking endeavor. After all, how can you determine how tough a mobile phone is when there has been little to no precedent to base your studies on. So, according to Bob Plaschke, CEO of Sonim Technologies, they created their own ‘Rugged Performance Standard’, a detailed 12-point test designed to put the S1 under and all unimaginable predicaments in order to determine how long it will last before conking out. Judging from the photos that we’ve unearthed, the phone was subjected to an array of punishing tests that would’ve left its flashier contemporaries screaming ‘Uncle!’

While we may have been overstating just how tough this phone is, let’s not forget that it’s still a phone that comes with all the necessary features anyone’s going to ever need in their mobile. It comes with a 2MP camera, GPS, flashlight, FM radio, 2GB memory slot, mobile Java and Bluetooth complete with a built-in Opera Mini browser for surfing the web. Retail price for the phone is £299.99 ($488).

So the next time you’re out inside a Go Mobile store in the UK, you might want to check out those phones that are displayed floating inside a water tank. Those are the Land Rover S1 mobile phones and don’t worry, they’re still working.

Land Rover S1 Specifications

The newly released Land Rover S1 Phone is as tough as it gets
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* Fully submersible to a depth of one meter (3.3ft)
* Survives being dropped onto hard surfaces from up to two meters (6.6ft)
* Extra-Loud speakers for use in extremely noisy environments
* Extra-long battery life with over 1500 hours of standby time and 18 hours of talk time
* Durable keyboard mechanics and extra-wide buttons for ease of use
* Keypad buttons tested to over 500,000 pushes
* Completely dust and micro-particle resistant – IP-67 Rated
* Resistant to road shocks and vibrations to over 2000 random vibrations in the 500Hz range
* Operational under temperatures from -20° to 55° C (-4° to 141° F)
* Resistant to extreme pressure up to 400kg (880lb)
* Resistant to punctures at 75kg/cm2 (1,065psi) of pressure.
* Three year unconditional guarantee
Kirby Garlitos
Automotive Aftermarket Expert - kirby@topspeed.com
Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read More
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  (13) posted on 06.26.2009

Had he been watching Top Gear on Sunday, he’d have known not to walk in that "mud".

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