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Sonim XP1 / JCB Tough Phone

alaTest has collected and analyzed 179 reviews of Sonim XP1 / JCB Tough Phone. The average rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the performance and reliability. The usability and durability are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some critical reviews about the sound. The price and reception get mixed opinions.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Sonim XP1 / JCB Tough Phone is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (

Sonim XP1 Rugged Phone


Has Sonim come up with the mobile phone equivalent to Panasonic's ToughBooks?

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : mfereday (

A Rugged Phone : Sonim XP1 rugged mobile phone


Your social mobile phone is not always suitable for a more energetic lifestyle which is where Sonim Electronics might be able to help.

While the design concept followed by for the greater majority of mobile phones manufacturers concentrate on aspects of size, weight and features with varying degrees of style, there is a place for a more rugged approach for both industrial and outdoor...

Jan, 2009

Expert review by : paul_smart (

Tough Mobile Phone : Sonim XP1


Never before have I been presented with a working mobile phone and been invited to throw it against a wall and then drop it on a concrete floor. It was still working afterwards; this is a ruggedised mobile phone.

It is 11x5x2cm and weights only 125grams. It is matt black and as you might expect well padded. While you can store pictures etc it is only really a phone as a camera is always one of the most fragile parts it does not have one.

Oct, 2008

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JCB Tough Phone


JCB Toughphone which is manufactured by Sonim Technologies is a mobile phone that is known to be 'harder than the average phone.' It comes in contrasting yellow and black chunky design and has undergone the toughest research work that made it the 'hard...

Sep, 2008

Expert review by : Michael Gabriel (

JCB Tough


These days are characterized by an increased fame of the fashionably designed mobile phones that are flooding the markets. Although many people prefer good-looking mobile phones, the durability of these handsets has been compromised for their...

The geniuses behind Sonim has created the JCB Tough phone and paved the way for destruction-proof handsets. It can be safely assumed that Sonim has pioneered the making of mobile phones with the durability standards that the JCB Tough has set. This...

May, 2008

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Sonim JCB Toughphone review


Sonim's JCB Toughphone claims to be the toughest handset around. Will it still be in tact and live up to its name after we put it through its paces?…

The JCB Toughphone is named this for a reason. It withstands pretty much anything you throw at it, bar maybe a nuclear holocaust

Feature-wise it's somewhat lacking

Quite simply this is the toughest phone we have encountered. Drop it, throw it out of a window, run over it, take a shower with it, the JCB Toughphone is built to withstand the extremist of conditions.

Feb, 2008

Expert review by : Zod (

sonim xp1


Yes, the Sonim XP1 really is the toughest GSM phone in the world. Built to last, the rugged XP1 is ideal for anyone who wants a tough, durable phone. The 3-year warranty is a bonus.

Tough, Large keypad buttons, 3-Year warranty, Push-To-Talk

Small display

Dec, 2007

Expert review by : GSMArena team (

Sonim XP1 review: Toughest of phones


In the world of mobile phones it's all about diversity, and just about everyone has their favorite. We've seen enough of brand loyalty taken to extremes but it's for the first time we come across a phone that might deal with anything...

Shock, water and dust resistant (after all, we're talking the closest a phone has ever got to a weapon) ; Scratch resistant display ; Philips Nexperia 6120 platform ; Push-to-Talk ; Bluetooth v1.2 (Object Push and Headset profiles only) ; Tri-band...

Featurewise on-par with the cheapest phones out there ; No EDGE, UMTS or HSDPA ; Chubby and unsightly, though that may as well be a benefit ; Poor screen resolution, basic user interface ; Compatible with only a slim number Bluetooth headsets ; Quite...

The Sonim XP1 (also known as JCB Toughphone in some markets and the Chuck Norris phone in our office) was created for the most challenging of environments and activities. Hardened rubber is molded to the durable non-porous casing, keypad buttons are...

Aug, 2008

Expert review by : Benjamin "Zeus" Heide (

Sonim XP1 Toughphone


Not many people here in North America have heard of Sonim. The truth is Sonim doesn't have much coverage here in Canada and the USA, but after spending some time with the XP1 tough phone, perhaps they should. The recently sent us the XP1 phone for us...

Functional Candy-bar phone ; Ridiculously tough ; Good T9 Predictive Text Capability ; Unlocked and works around the world ; Nice tactile feedback on keys ; Loud ringer and speaker ; Supports Bluetooth headphones

Microphone sometimes quiet ; No software included for syncing to Outlook Calendar ; Shotgun can neutralize phone and cause battery to explode

I didn't know what to expect from the unlocked GSM Sonim XP1 phone. I knew it would be tough as demonstrated over at, but I didn't expect it to take the beating that it actually did. I tried to do just about everything I could...

Feb, 2009

Expert review by : Benjamin "Zeus" Heide (

Sonim XP1 Unboxing


A few weeks ago, Sonim sent me a press release regarding their "Xtreme Performance One" (XP1) phone that claims to be one of the toughest phones around. If you don't believe me, you can head on over to to check out the punishment...

The phone is quite large and bulky by today's standards, but when compared to the HTC S640 with the extended battery, it is pretty comparable in terms of height and thickness, although it is much narrower.

Nov, 2008

Product Specifications


Audio formats supported:AAC, MP3, WAV
FM radio:No / Yes
Microphone included: Yes
Music player: Yes
Polyphonic rings quantity:64
Ringer type:Polyphonic
Voice Recording: Yes

Call management

Auto-redialing: Yes
Call divert: Yes
Call hold: Yes
Call timer: Yes
Call waiting: Yes
Speed dialing: Yes


Built-in Camera: No
Rear camera:N



Data Transmission

Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth profiles:DUN, HFP, HSP, OPP, PBAP, SPP
Bluetooth version:1.2 / 2.1
Infrared data port: No


Colour of product:Black
Headset type:Binaural


Display:STN / TFT
Display brightness:150
Display diagonal:4.5 / 5.08
Display number of colours:65536 colours
Display Resolution:128 x 160 / 240 x 320
External display: No
Touchscreen: No

GPS Performance

GPS (satellite): No
Position location:N / No

Management features

Microphone mute: Yes
Support for contact groups: Yes


Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / No
Flash card support:No / Yes
Flash memory:32
Internal Memory:10 / 8
Maximum memory card size:16


E-mail: Yes
E-mail protocols:IMAP4, POP3, SMTP
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):No / Yes


2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
Data network:Edge / GPRS
GSM bands supported:900,1800,1900
SIM card capability:Single SIM
WAP:2.0 / Yes
Wi-Fi: No

Operational conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):-20 - 55 / -20 - 60

Other features

Built-in processor:ARM9 / MT6235
Display number of lines:7
Headphone outputs:1
Interface:Mini USB
Networking type:GSM
Operating Frequency:900, 1800, 1900 / 900/1800/1900
Processor frequency:1900
Smartphone: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Packaging Content

Cables included:USB
Headset included: Yes
Manual: Yes


Connectivity Technology:Wired

Phone features

Conference call: Yes
Form factor:Bar
Java technology: Yes
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Countdown timer / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Countdown timer, Stopwatch / Alarm clock, Calendar, Notes
Phonebook capacity:500
Push-to-Talk (PTT): Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Text prediction system:T9
Text prediction system type:T9
Vibrating Alert: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Headphone connectivity:2.5 mm / 3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1


Battery Capacity:1100 / 1750
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Standby time (2G):200 / 800
Talk time (2G):18 / 5

Technical Details

Alarm function: Yes
Colour of product:Black / Grey / Yellow
Device lock: Yes
International Protection (IP) code:IP68
Subscription type:No subscription
Video formats supported:3gp, MPEG4
Volume Control:Digital
Wireless Connection: Yes


Video call: No
Video Playback: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:2.2 / 2.5
Height :11.3 / 11.4 / 12.6 / 5.2
Weight:100 / 128 / 185
Width:11.6 / 5 / 6
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