Review: A few hours with Motorola's Tundra
Motorola's Tundra is a phone built for abuse. Though simply specified given its $200 price tag -- and that's with a two-year contract -- you can drop, kick and even get it wet and expect it to survive. Here's video of it being flung hundreds of feet
by a catapult. Here's video of it being stomped, bashed with a rubber mallet, run under the tap, and driven over by a car
It's military-grade, withstanding the benchmarks of dust, rain, humidity and temperature resistance outlined in MIL-STD-810F
. According to Motorola, it will operate at between -10C and 55C, survive four-foot drops onto hard surfaces, and 15 minutes of use in heavy rainfall.
That said, it's still not a particularly great cellphone. It's got a 3G GSM radio, push-to-talk and GPS. The menus are zip-fast, too, and the unit was perfectly reliable. But with little else to distinguish it from models that come free with cellular contracts, every penny of that stiff price tag is a waste if you don't have use for the armor.
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