Abuse your cell phone: mobiles for extreme environments
Updated April 14, 2006
If you're like me, you're forever dropping your cell phone--usually onto a hardwood floor or the sidewalk. While most handsets are made to withstand a few falls, repeated collisions with a solid surface won't do your mobile any favors. This is especially true of the sleek flip phones that dominate the market today. They may be pretty, but they're not exactly rugged. Yet if you work in an extreme environment, love adventure sports, or are simply a klutz, you'll need a durable cell phone that employs elements such as rubberized edges and hard plastic casings. Nextel in particular has made a name for itself, with tough-as-nails handsets such as the Bluetooth-equipped Nextel i605, as well as the more basic models, such as the Nextel Motorola i355 and the Motorola i836 cellular phone with two-way radio. Sprint also has durable models, such as the multimedia-equipped Sanyo MM-7500 and the Sanyo RL4930.