Pros Excellent reception, great call quality, solid build, tremendous speakerphone, the flashlight and fm radio.
Cons MP3 player is very out-dated
Summary Yes it's heavy, and yes it's not loaded with apps, but it is the toughest phone Sprint has ever sold. With excellent reception and call quality, and a speakerphone you can hear over an idling Cummins diesel. Unfortunately the CNET reviewer did not tighten the battery cover sufficiently so water got in during her test. I was an avid Nextel/Motorola user, but now that Moto has gone uptown and Nextel is being shuttered, it is good to see Sprint actually getting serious about a really rugged phone. If you want a phone that is simply a phone, while at the same time be able to go anywhere at any time in any condition, you can't do much better.The Sonim XP Strike 6 months later. There have been two firmware updates from sprint taking care of minor issues. We still have our original six in the field and are still pleased with the performance. Since it is Java based we were able to add Opera mini as a browser, which is tremendously better than the stock browser. Any Direct Connect issues have been with the Sprint network and not the phones. This phone still pulls in a signal where some others don't.
Updated on Jun 19, 2013
Pros Battery lasts long, and can take pictures at odd places
Cons The picture quality compares to phones from 4 years back, Sending SMS's will make you want to throw the phone, keys peeled completely after a year, remote service centre does the minimum or less, runs only java certified by few, GPS useless
Summary I've bought two, (one for my father). Wanted a no-hassle phone with good support rather than gimmicks. Bottom line is, mine broke down (sim card socket replacement), this was repaired (I had to pay the shipping as only Sonim can service it). Now after 7 months the buttons are peeling off on both handsets, basically unreadable. Sonim local and US both indicate that this is not their problem as it's cosmetic. Seriously, this is not the toughest phone in the world. Another gripe I have is that although I do not expects gimmicks, this phone has the most unfriendly user interface ever, the need to go learn from Nokia or Sony, I now only send SMS's if phoning is not an option at all. Battery life is a plus on extended trips. Won't buy one ever again.
Pros Tough little basterd
Cons At a crazy six and a half pound i use it as a phone and weapon which is a little of a pro