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Sonim XP1 ruggedized cellphone gets hammered online

Sonim XP1 ruggedized cellphone gets hammered online

If you're the sort of person who gets a thrill from things such as the Samsung SSD drop test video (and we're not judging you, as we do too) then you might enjoy watching the regular battering that Sonim's XP1 ruggedized cellphone is currently receiving.  The handset - also known as the JCB Toughphone - has been made the star of its own online reality TV show but, unlike in most other such shows, the audience really is getting to see what they want: the star being battered with a great big hammer.

Sonim XP1 test videos - starring an elephant, no less - after the cut

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Jeep RT-300 GPS for the brand-loyal and easily lost

Jeep RT-300 GPS for the brand-loyal and easily lost

If you like to match your satnav to your vehicle, and you drive a Jeep, you'll be pleased to know that the company has announced a new GPS.  Clad in tire-effect rubber, the Jeep GPS Navigator RT-300 has a 3.5-inch touchscreen and can be set to announce street names to avoid you needing to take your eyes off of the road.

 

Panasonic Toughbook notebooks get Centrino 2 & draft-N upgrade

Panasonic Toughbook notebooks get Centrino 2 & draft-N upgrade

Panasonic's Toughbook range has always prioritised sturdy build above just about anything else, but in a welcome nod to processing power the company has announced that it will be upgrading the semi-rugged notebooks with Intel's new Centrino 2 processor.  Both the Toughbook CF-52 and Toughbook CF-74 will feature the new processor, as well as getting improvements in video performance, storage and networking.

 

Garmin Oregon rugged GPS range made official

Garmin Oregon rugged GPS range made official

Garmin's new Oregon handheld GPS range, the existence of which was tipped earlier this week when product descriptions hit the online stores, has been officially confirmed by the company.  Five models are available, ranging from the the basic Oregon 200 and shaded relief-mapped Oregon 300, to three 400-series devices each tailored to different outdoor activities.  Each model has a 3-inch color touchscreen and water & shock resistant casing.

Panasonic ToughBook ruggedized UMPC to launch this week

Panasonic ToughBook ruggedized UMPC to launch this week

Panasonic are readying their own Atom-based UMPC, although the device will bear little resemblance to the slick, compact handhelds we're used to.  Fitting into the company's ToughBook range, the as-yet unnamed ultraportable will be a touchscreen-based ruggedized tablet, using rubber covers and a protective casing to keep the UMPC functional in extreme conditions.

Stealth 24-inch ruggedized LCD touchscreen

Stealth 24-inch ruggedized LCD touchscreen

Anyone who has ever tried to demonstrate a touchscreen likely knows the anxiety of seeing a novice user jab brutally at the display.  Bad enough when it's your precious Tablet PC; potentially even more expensive if it's your home automation interface.  So it's good to see Stealth Computer's new SV-2400 ruggedized touchscreen; intended, really, for industrial applications, the 24-inch widescreen would nonetheless make for a great combo control panel and display for any user with forceful fingers.

GETAC 840XT ruggedized Tablet PC

GETAC 840XT ruggedized Tablet PC

Matt Faulkner has been braving the outside world recently, testing out one of GETAC's rugged Tablet PCs. This particular model is similar to the E100 we saw back in January, using an Intel Stealey A110 ULV processor running at 800MHz, half a gig of RAM and an 80GB, shock-mounted hard-drive. However the 8490XT adds a keypad to the right of its 8.4 in. widescreen TFT Wide Angle View touchscreen.

Check out Matt's overview video after the cut

LaCie add capacity to 500GB Rugged external drive

LaCie add capacity to 500GB Rugged external drive

LaCie has announced an update to its ruggedized external storage range, ideal for the clumsy traveller who insists on carrying all their media around with them.  Now available in a 500GB version, with almost no size increase on the older, smaller capacity models, LaCie have given the drive a shock-resistant rubber bumper and scratch-proof aluminium shell.  Inside, there's a well-swaddled 2.5-inch Hitachi Travelstar 5K500 HDD.

Averatec Voya ruggedized notebooks invite rough treatment

Averatec Voya ruggedized notebooks invite rough treatment

US-based computing company Averatec have announced two new semi-ruggedized notebooks, promising greater resilience to the knocks and scraps a working laptop often suffers. Fitting into the Voya series, the new additions consist of the 4473, which has a 14.1-inch 4:3 aspect display, and the 6494, which has a 15.4-inch widescreen display. While neither is meant to survive, say, a hod full of bricks landing on them, they're drop and vibration resistant, while the keyboard and trackpad are spill-resistant.