Thursday, 21 April 2011 17:30

Telstra toughens up the handset once again with Tough 2


A perennial request from tradies and other people who work or play outside is a ruggedised mobile phone. The latest example in the genre is the Telstra Tough 2.

Features of the new Telstra Tough 2 include a scratch resistant Gorilla Glass screen with a display designed for easy reading in sunlight, water and dust resistance to IP54 (which decodes to "Protected against dust limited ingress (no harmful deposit)" and "Protection against water sprayed from all directions - limited ingress permitted"), and large buttons for easy dialling.


Being a modern phone, it also includes a 3MP camera, MP3 player, FM radio, assisted GPS, Bluetooth, and web browsing.

In addition to being Blue Tick rated for use in regional and rural areas, it features an antenna connection point for use with a car kit (coming soon).

"You can toss the Telstra Tough 2 into a toolbox or the cab of your ute and not worry about knocking the life out of it or scratching the screen," said Warwick Bray, executive director of mobility products at Telstra. "It's also a great companion for people who love the outdoors and activities like hanging out at the beach, camping, fishing or mountain bike riding."

The Telstra Tough 2 costs $360 outright, and is available on a range of plans.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.



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