Land Rover Ex­plore smart­phone £599 (phone), £29.99 (bike mount pack)

Mountain Biking UK - - WRECKED & RATED -

This An­droid phone sports a range of fea­tures de­signed to keep it­self and you safe. It comes with an IP68 rat­ing, so it can re­sist ex­treme tem­per­a­tures, a 6ft drop, wa­ter, sand, dust, dirt and vi­bra­tion. We tested its rugged­ness when our sam­ple was ejected on a rocky trail, fell into a pud­dle and was rid­den over. It was fine. In­side the case is a 2.6Gzh pro­ces­sor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of stor­age, sit­ting be­hind a 5in Go­rilla Glass 5 screen. This worked well with gloves. The am­bi­ent light sen­sor and red-light fil­ter were use­ful too, sav­ing our night vi­sion. The 4,000mAh bat­tery is quickly bol­stered with the in­cluded mag­netic bat­tery pack, which adds 3,620mAh of juice, plus a ce­ramic patch GPS an­tenna. This pro­vides great ac­cu­racy but runs the bat­tery down quickly. The pack in­creases the phone’s weight from 232g to 350g. We re­ally liked the stem mount and the float­ing app that en­ables one-touch ac­cess to the phone’s out­door fea­tures. Com­pared to the lat­est mod­els, op­er­at­ing per­for­mance is only av­er­age though, and the 16MP front and 8MP rear cam­eras (and video) strug­gle in low light. Max www.lan­drover­ex­plore.co.uk

A tough phone with some great out­door fea­tures, but not with­out some draw­backs

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