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Review: Sonim XP7

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The XP7 is one of the most rugged devices I've ever tested at Phone Scoop. I beat the snot out of it, and it handled all of it with nary a blink. It's an absolute beast.

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Toughness

Here are some of the things I did to the XP7: I drove over it with my car; threw it down onto my driveway; threw it down onto gravel; dropped a brick on it from waist height; kicked it; threw it like a baseball down the street; used it as a hammer; hit it with a hammer. The XP7 is built like a tank. After all this, there are hardly any marks on the phone.

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Waterproof

The XP7 has an IP68 rating, which means it can be submerged in water deeper than one meter for periods of time longer than 30 minutes. I held the device under a faucet, sprayed it with my shower nozzle, let it sit in the tub submerged overnight, and let it sit outside in the rain for the better part of a day. The Sonim XP7 is the most waterproof phone I've tested. Nothing phased it at all.

Screen

First, I was impressed that the XP7's screen didn't crack or break after suffering all that abuse. Second, the XP7 has an extra-sensitive mode for the screen which allows you to use it with gloves on. Given the cold weather in New Jersey this winter, I was glad to have this feature. It worked flawlessly, even when I wore thick leather gloves. Further, you can set the text to be extra large and also turn on magnification gestures that zooms in with a triple-tap. These are nice features that help when you're out and about in cold and/or severe conditions.

Suffice it to say, the Sonim XP7 is perfect for dangerous work sites where it might accidentally wind up in the dirt or under the wheels of an earth mover.

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