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Pantech Airo A25is  

I got a chance to check out the intriguing Airo A25is, one of only 3 intrinsically safe phones available on the market, according to Airo representatives. Instrinsically safe phones are safe to use in a combustible environment. Gas and petrochemicals are the most obvious application, but there are a range of jobs that require a phone that won't generate sparks, heat or static charge. The Airo A25is is also waterproof, so you can drop it in a pool for about 30 minutes without any trouble. It's one of the only waterproof touchscreens I've seen, and Airo wisely uses resistive tech on the screen so that you can use it with gloves on.

It's a huge device, but its also quite rugged and shock resistant. The Airo A25is runs Windows Mobile 6, a dated system to be sure, but still effective for hard core business users. Airo has also contracted SPB to create a custom interface on top, with huge buttons that make the phone much more touch friendly.

The Airo A25is is available for AT&T business customers. There is a similar version available that doesn't go the extra mile for intrinsic safety, and that phone, the Airo A25, is otherwise identical.

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