BLACK OPS TOUGH PHONE
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