You can drop it down the loo, cover it in sawdust, chuck it across the building site and loose it down white water rapids; this is the toughest handset yet from Samsung. If you know a builder or outdoor sports fanatic, suggest this is the device for them.
Although the Extreme, which follows on from previous models Samsung Solid and Samsung B2700, isn’t built to military specifications and isn’t designed to actually be jumped on by a really fat man in stilettos, it looks good, isn’t a brick, and has normal phone functionality including a 1.3 megapixel camera, video recording and playing (MPEG4, H.263, 3GP), MP3 player and FM radio, which some of the other tough devices out there lack.
The IP rating of 57 means the Extreme has a high immunity to dust and water, surviving drops from a height of up to two metres and full water submersion up to one metre. We are going to be testing this device out with a genuine electrician shortly, who is going to take it through its paces… what fun! In the meantime, it is available on Vodafone and O2.