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Review: NEC Terrain for AT&T

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At its root, the NEC Terrain accomplishes its mission: it offers a hardened smartphone with PTT and a keyboard. There's no doubt in my mind that those who work outdoors and need such a device will be pleased with the Terrain's feature set.

The Terrain is a tough device that can survive spills and thrills, but the keyboard and other controls aren't particularly well executed. Worse, the screen is too small and too hard to read, despite my 20/20 vision. But phone calls sound good, it runs well on AT&T's network, and battery life is quite good. The PTT functionality is a bit fussy to set up, but the quality of PTT calls was excellent.

In terms of the software, the older version of Android is a bit of a hinderance to me, but may not be for those who need a device such as this. The Terrain is no multimedia maven, but it covers the basics, and the camera is only so-so.

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The Terrain was made for a very specific user in mind. Those users should get out of it what they need.

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