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Top message:  Confused about the rugged part.... by Jaden10   Jun 22, 2010, 12:47 AM

Replying to:  Re: Confused about the rugged part.... by Benjy_26   Jul 19, 2010, 12:32 PM

Re: Confused about the rugged part....

by cellphonesaretools    Aug 12, 2010, 11:38 AM

Benjy_26 said:
Mil spec 810 is basically a standard for dust and water. It does not mean that the device is bulletproof.

810 includes FAR more than just dust & water intrusion. Google it or go to Wikipedia for a good overview of all that this particular standard includes.

That said, one has to be careful to read exactly WHICH sections of Mil-810F the manufacturer is claiming they meet.

Regarding the question about the glass screen on the i1, of course it is absolutely not going to be bulletproof, and in some impacts it will break or damage the glass.

You can rest assured that the glass material is indeed designed to be as resistant to damage as it can reasonably be, so it won't shatter if you just drop the phone onto concrete from waist-high. If you drop it from a few stories up and it lands on a corner of the phone, it's far more likely to break. If you drop it from any height and it lands glass-down on a hard, sharp point (like a rock), that highly concentrated point of impact is likely to chip or crack the glass.

Think about it, even genuine bulletproof glass like that used in limos for high officials and in bank teller window fronts becomes damaged when a projectile hits it, and that stuff is a few inches thick in some cases. So to think that the ultra-thin glass screen on any mobile device is "bulletproof" or even "completely damage resistant" is pushing the envelope of believability and good sense.

But for routine use and the "normal" drops and impacts that most people give a mobile device, it's probably pretty darn resistant to major damage in those cases. If you use your mobile device in a really challenging environment, then probably one of the older, simpler ruggedized phones is for you. I'm speculating here, but I would bet a week's pay that Motorola's ruggedized i1 is going to be far more resistant to everyday damage than any iPhone built to date.

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