"The Best of the Ruggeds"4.0 starson by rickjeff555
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