Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TECH -

Mon­grel, $ 720 AUS­TRALIAN fi rm Mon­grel de­scribes this tough con­tender as “the tradies’ phone” and urged us to test it by drop­ping it on to con­crete from 1.2m.

Af­ter screw­ing its bat­tery cover into place, we did, and the Black­Ops hand­set didn’t blink. Its screen did shat­ter at the edges, but this was a Mon­grel Glass “sac­rifi cial screen pro­tec­tor” that can be re­moved and re­placed.

The phone is also wa­ter- re­sis­tant, thanks to cov­ered ports and sturdy but­tons.

The phone of­fers two SIM ports ( one for 3G, one for 2G), of­fers an eight- megapixel cam­era, and runs older Google An­droid 4.0 soft­ware.

It’s slower than top mod­els, with a 1.2GHz dual- core chip and 512MB RAM, but it’s tougher, too. mon­grel- phones. com. au

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