JCB phone

British construction equipment manufacturer JCB is no stranger to the smartphone game, having worked with Motorola to launch the DEFY+ JCB Edition just a few months ago. And today sees the launch of JCB's own-brand Android handset, the JCB Toughphone Pro-Smart. It's not going to win any beauty contests, but JCB's going for ruggedness over looks with this device, which boasts IP67-rated water and dust-resistence, along with a basic Gingerbread-based software experience.

A glance down the spec sheet reveals some pretty basic internals -- you've got an 800MHz CPU, a 3.2-inch HVGA screen and a microSD card port. Interestingly there's a whopping 2000mAh battery packed inside this phone, which combined with its entry-level hardware, should deliver some impressive battery life.

British retailer Clove Technology is now stocking the JCB Toughphone Pro-Smart with a SIM-free price of £310.80 including VAT.

Source: Clove Technology

 
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JCB's ruggedized Android smartphone launches in the UK

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You are obviously not the market for this phone if OS is the main concern. This is about surving a 10 foot drop onto pavment.

I totally disagree w dismissing this phone based on gingerbread. I'll say it again and again, fancy display and latest OS means nothing if the battery dies before 3pm on average use of quick internet browsing and reading emails. This phone addresses one more pet peev I have about smartphone which is durability. What good is a gorgeous looking phone if you have to encase it in $25 rubber suit.

In my line of dayjob i would LOVE a phone like this to be given to me by my company. I spend half the day on various states of building type sites and am always too scared to touch my own phone in case i drop it or get it dirty! Definitely a market for this type of device :)