Sonim XP1 Toughphone

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Sonim XP1 Toughphone
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Product: Sonim XP1 Rugged Handset
Provided By: Sonim
Price: $543.10CAD


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 to play with, test, use and abuse and following is our review of this remarkable phone.

XP1 - Box
XP1 - Box


Package and Details:

The XP1 arrived in a very attractive retail box, but the truth is that when phone shopping here in North America, you generally don't see the box on the shelf first.  The phone is typically on display and then you see the box after you've signed your life away on a contract or locked yourself into expensive pre-paid service with one provider.  The Sonim XP1 arrived ready to go on any network as it is unlocked and actually arrived rattling around in the box.  It came out of the assigned cut-outs, but thankfully the tough phone arrived working and without any damage.  That's right; it can even stand up to UPS.

 XP1 - In Box
XP1 - In Box
 XP1 - Bundle
XP1 - Bundle


The XP1 is a “Candy-Bar” style phone that is a little bulkier than most phones today.  The housing of the phone is pretty rugged and it has several raised rubber points that offer protection, toughness and also increase the overall indestructible appearance of the phone.  Sonim claims that this is the “world’s toughest phone” and while we don’t have every phone in the world to compare it to, we’ll put it through the paces soon enough and see if it can survive.


 XP1 - Front
XP1 - Front
 XP1 - Back
XP1 - Back

Specs & Features:

Tech Specs:

Durable Casing - Hardened rubber molding cast via dual injection.
Temperature range - Operational range between -20C and +60C.
Shock and vibration - Rated to 1.65m drop to concrete. Protection from 5Hz to 500Hz.
Screen - Protected by leading scratch resistant coating.
Water and humidity - Rated for stream of water at 90 degree angle.
Durable mechanics - Keypad buttons tested to 500,000 pushes. Dedicated PTT buttons tested to 200,000 pushes.
Dirt and dust - Non-porous casing withstands micro-particles.


Unconditional 3 year guarantee:

Sonim provides this Unconditional three year Guarantee for your mobile phone (hereinafter referred to as "Product"). Should your Product need guaranty service, please return it to the dealer from whom it was purchased, or contact Sonim Customer Care at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Our guarantee:
Subject to the conditions of this Unlimited 3 year Guarantee Sonim warrants this product to be free from major defects in design, material and workmanship at the time of its original purchase by a consumer, and for a subsequent period of Three (3) years.

What we will do:
If during the guarantee period, this product fails to operate under normal use and service, due to defects in design, material or workmanship, Sonim's authorized distributors or service partners, in the country/region where you purchased the product, will replace with the same or better model in the same or better condition.



Core platform
Philips Nexperia 6120 platform
ARM-9 processor
900, 1800, 1900 Mhz
Lithium-ion 1100mA/h battery
5 hour talk time
GCF/CE certified
Storage for 1000 100-character SMS messages

Physical characteristics
Weight 100g/128g without/with battery
7 soft keys /10 programmable short-cuts
2.5mm headset port
USB charging port
External antenna port (optional accessory)
Dedicated volume and PTT keys

Audio system
Two 14x20mm speakers
95bd+ at 10cm range
Omni-directional microphone
98bdb signal-to-noise ratio

Following are the Bluetooth headsets that are verified and compatible with our phone
Nokia BH 100
Jabra BT 5020
Motorola H350
Sony Ericson HBH-PV702
Aliph Jawbone bluetooth headset
Plantronics 370
Invisio G5
Nokia BH 900

Following are the car kits that are verified and compatible with our phone
Nokia CK-7W
BlueAnt's Supertooth-Light Model: BTSLBC3/BTPP5
Parrot CK 3100
Nokia CK – 15W ( verified only for 4.0.2-218.2)

Push To Talk
The PTT functionality shall be available in your
XP1 Phone only if the PTT service is enabled.
Following the instructions to create contacts, make
calls to individual, predefined groups and ad hoc
(informal) groups
This feature is subject to phone model and
subscription support. If the user menu does not
show PTT, then the feature is not supported.

PTT client (OMA PoC 1.0)
100% interoperable with Sonim & Nokia OMA PoC 1.0 servers
Optimized for 1-to-1 and large group walkie-talkie call initiation
presence-enabled contract list with network storage and auto synchronization
Multiple call settings, including barge, invite and do-not-disturb
Advanced SigComp implementation for optimized call set-up performance
Over-the-air provisioning

Software package Standard services
Polyphonic ring tone support

128x160 resolution and 65,000 colors
67x37mm for display bar + 7 rows of data
Language support

English Chinese Dutch French
German Greek Italian Russian
Spanish Swedish  

Extra battery 12-25V Car charger
Headset  Plug-in external antenna
Wall Charger  Belt Clip


On the next page we'll take a close look at the phone before we drop in for some testing.