RugGear RG150 Traveler rugged phone review

Sometimes familiar things can be done differently, and a new quality can be created from simple components. In the market of secure phones, it would seem that everything has been invented long ago and there can be no surprises. But the RugGear RG150 went a step further and came up with a few things that make this model stand out from the crowd. At first glance, this device is no different from secure dialers, IP68 protection standard, familiar appearance. But as soon as you start to understand in detail, you understand that they decided to turn this machine into a completely different device, which simply had no analogues on the market.

Do you know what stops a lot of people from using secure phones? Their rather weak functionality, the lack of modern features in most cases. Such a phone is a compromise, a rest from civilization. Even smartphones with IP67/69 protection level are inferior to classmates in many respects, and first of all, in terms of price. And the worst thing is to rearrange your main SIM-card in such a phone for the duration of the trip and leave the main smartphone at home. You feel a little different without the modern benefits of civilization. Someone says that he is resting from them, but I feel a lot of slyness in such words.

What if we suggest a different use case? Have a rugged phone in your hands that doubles as a standalone dual SIM device, plus you can connect it via Bluetooth to any phone, smartphone or tablet? Hang yourself on a rope on a rock, swim along the river, and do whatever you want. The main smartphone is hidden deep in the pocket, and outside is a secure phone that receives calls from it. Here someone can say that it is cheap and easy to get by with a wireless headset, the meaning will be exactly the same. I do not agree. The headset can't ring loudly, it can vibrate at best. It is easy to lose or break in difficult conditions. But the most important thing is that it has no protection from the same water. But a protected device specially created for such purposes with a loud speaker, comfortable keys - this is something that many people might like. As you can see, one of the new use cases that the RG150 offers did not exist until now, and this dramatically expands the possibilities of using this device.

As an addition to this functionality, I note that the device was equipped with the ability to recharge other devices, a very powerful flashlight. All together makes the model extremely curious, an interesting choice for those who don’t want to give up their smartphone on a hike, but are ready to hide it in order to save it, and use a second phone connected to it during activities. Of course, you can consider the RG150 and as an independent device, it is quite interesting in this capacity.

Design, dimensions, controls

The phone is black, inconspicuous and familiar to secure models. The IP68 protection standard suggests that you can drown it and nothing will happen to it. In a flask at a depth of one meter, the device calmly passed this test, no leaks occurred.

RugGear RG150 Traveler

The dimensions of the phone are 126x58x23 mm, the weight is 165 grams. Unusually weighty and thick, this is the first thing you pay attention to. On the side there is a rubberized insert, which even in wet hands fixes the device.

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At the top end you can see a 3.5 mm headset jack, and in the center there is a large LED light lens. It is remarkable in that it has a brightness of 100 lm, works at a distance of up to ten meters (ordinary flashlights in such devices are up to 2 meters). On the left side there is a power button, and there are several modes: constant light, SOS, strobe. The flashlight continues to work even after the device is completely turned off, at least 20-30 minutes!

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There is a full-sized USB port on the right side, also hidden behind a cover. Any cable for charging external devices (5V, 0.5A) can be connected to it. The built-in 2400 mAh battery will be able to charge your smartphone by about half, no matter how big the battery is (2000-3000 mAh is guaranteed to be half depending on the device).

RugGear RG150 Traveler

Below, on the same side, there are two contacts for external charging, but they don’t sell it as an accessory, you can’t find it on sale. At the bottom is a microUSB-connector for charging. Most conventional chargers and cables will do as the indentation is wide and the connector is standard. The cover on this connector is tight and hardly loosens over time.

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On the back surface, you can see the lens of a 1.3-megapixel camera, a speaker hole. The cover is fastened with two screws, you can use a screwdriver from the kit to open it, or you can use any coin. The fixation of the cover is reliable, the screws have metal inserts, it is difficult to break the thread. Inside you will see a large battery and already under it - a slot for memory cards (up to 32 GB), as well as a slot for a full-sized SIM card and microSIM.

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There is a wide eyelet on the body for attaching, you can use a strap, but hardly a carabiner. There are no complaints about the build quality of the device, everything is knocked down tightly and well.

Display

The screen is small, only 2 inches and a resolution of 176x220 pixels. In the sun, this TFT-matrix becomes invisible, largely due to its size, which is a minus of all such devices. But in general, there can be no complaints about the phone because of the screen - I would like more and better, but you don’t have to choose.

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Keyboard

The central navigation key has a white backlight, it is of medium brightness and is clearly visible. The buttons are made of plastic, more than average, convex, and it is convenient to press them, including when wearing gloves. The key travel is a little tight, it takes a little effort. The backlight is white, bright and easy to see in all conditions. The ergonomics of the keyboard is not bad.

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Battery

There is a Li-Ion battery with a capacity of 2400 mAh inside the device. According to the manufacturer, it can provide up to 560 minutes of talk time, up to 600 hours of standby time. That is, several weeks of work on a single charge, which, by the way, takes about 3.5 hours. However, you can change the charger, then the time will be reduced to 2.5 hours (1A). In conditions when the phone also worked as a BT-headset, was constantly connected to a smartphone and had two SIM cards on board, the battery life was a couple of weeks with 4 hours of talk time in total. Quite a decent result.

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The usual device on MediaTek, the difference is that when an external device is connected as a headset, the corresponding menu and phone name are shown. Let's take a look at the main features of the phone.

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Телефонная книга. Можно записать в память до 1 000 имен, причем на имя записывается несколько номеров, есть выбор своей мелодии звонка, а также мелодии для сообщения. До 20 групп абонентов. Поддерживается загрузка телефонной книги с подключенного устройства! То есть, по большому счету, даже не нужно переносить все номера в память.

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Messages. Both SMS and MMS are supported, the phone has a memory for 500 SMS. The beauty of this device in conjunction with an Android smartphone is that when you install the BT Notifier application, you can receive your SMS on this handset. A feature that will appeal to many.

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Multimedia. This section has access to the camera (1.3 megapixels, nothing special), you can see photo examples here. Video recording in resolution up to 240x320 pixels.

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Тут же диктофон, а также FM-радио, которое умеет работать без подключенной гарнитуры. Аудиоплеер понимает музыку только с определенной папки на карте памяти.

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Charging. To use the phone as an external battery, this function must be activated in the menu.

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Bluetooth. Version 3.0, in the BT Remote section, you connect this unit as a headset to other devices. Everything is extremely simple and clear.

RugGear RG150 Traveler

Organizer. A file manager is hidden inside, there is a calculator, a calendar (you can add your own events), several alarm clocks, world time.

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Settings. Selecting profiles, turning on/off schedules, choosing wallpapers, assigning functions to pressing the navigation key and several other options.

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Impressions

Let's start with a simple one - speaker volume. The manufacturer claims that it gives out at a maximum of about 90 dB, which is a lot. In this mode, the speaker wheezes, but it is very loud. When making calls, the playback quality is not so important, but when listening to the radio, you should turn the volume down, especially since this will still be enough. The vibrating alert did not make any strong impression on me, it feels bad.

In terms of communication quality, everything is traditional for secure devices, the interlocutor can hear you quietly, this cannot be fixed in any way. The microphone does not draw the sound level due to the protective insert. According to user reviews, at sub-zero temperatures, the microphone may rattle, then the interlocutor cannot hear you (apparently, the microphone freezes). It was not possible to repeat this effect on my device, after freezing the phone transmitted sound without rattling, although the volume level decreased, the interlocutor heard me worse than usual. The declared temperature range starts from minus twenty, but for winter rides this is not an ideal device due to this behavior of the microphone.

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It is difficult to find direct competitors for the device, the scenario of its use looks too unusual. An excellent LED flashlight, IP68 protection standard and a large battery are its advantages. The cost of 7,990 rubles does not look too high, it is adequate for such a device.

If we look at analogues for the same price, we will stumble upon the Senseit P7, which has a 3600 mAh battery, it also acts as an external battery, has an IP68 protection standard. In the minus we will bring the speaker, which is quieter, the smaller screen.

Senseit P7

But if you are not interested in the described scenarios, but just need a phone with protection and for calls, then you should look at the cheapest models - RugGear Mariner GR128, Senseit P101.

RugGear RG150 Traveler rugged phone review

Sometimes familiar things can be done differently, and a new quality can be created from simple components. In the market of secure phones, it would seem that everything has been invented long ago and there can be no surprises. But the RugGear RG150 went a step further and came up with a few things that make this model stand out from the crowd. At first glance, this device is no different from secure dialers, IP68 protection standard, familiar appearance. But as soon as you start to understand in detail, you understand that they decided to turn this machine into a completely different device, which simply had no analogues on the market.

Do you know what stops a lot of people from using secure phones? Their rather weak functionality, the lack of modern features in most cases. Such a phone is a compromise, a rest from civilization. Even smartphones with IP67/69 protection level are inferior to classmates in many respects, and first of all, in terms of price. And the worst thing is to rearrange your main SIM-card in such a phone for the duration of the trip and leave the main smartphone at home. You feel a little different without the modern benefits of civilization. Someone says that he is resting from them, but I feel a lot of slyness in such words.

What if we suggest a different use case? Have a rugged phone in your hands that doubles as a standalone dual SIM device, plus you can connect it via Bluetooth to any phone, smartphone or tablet? Hang yourself on a rope on a rock, swim along the river, and do whatever you want. The main smartphone is hidden deep in the pocket, and outside is a secure phone that receives calls from it. Here someone can say that it is cheap and easy to get by with a wireless headset, the meaning will be exactly the same. I do not agree. The headset can't ring loudly, it can vibrate at best. It is easy to lose or break in difficult conditions. But the most important thing is that it has no protection from the same water. But a protected device specially created for such purposes with a loud speaker, comfortable keys - this is something that many people might like. As you can see, one of the new use cases that the RG150 offers did not exist until now, and this dramatically expands the possibilities of using this device.

As an addition to this functionality, I note that the device was equipped with the ability to recharge other devices, a very powerful flashlight. All together makes the model extremely curious, an interesting choice for those who don’t want to give up their smartphone on a hike, but are ready to hide it in order to save it, and use a second phone connected to it during activities. Of course, you can consider the RG150 and as an independent device, it is quite interesting in this capacity.

Design, dimensions, controls

The phone is black, inconspicuous and familiar to secure models. The IP68 protection standard suggests that you can drown it and nothing will happen to it. In a flask at a depth of one meter, the device calmly passed this test, no leaks occurred.

RugGear RG150 Traveler

The dimensions of the phone are 126x58x23 mm, the weight is 165 grams. Unusually weighty and thick, this is the first thing you pay attention to. On the side there is a rubberized insert, which even in wet hands fixes the device.

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At the top end you can see a 3.5 mm headset jack, and in the center there is a large LED light lens. It is remarkable in that it has a brightness of 100 lm, works at a distance of up to ten meters (ordinary flashlights in such devices are up to 2 meters). On the left side there is a power button, and there are several modes: constant light, SOS, strobe. The flashlight continues to work even after the device is completely turned off, at least 20-30 minutes!

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There is a full-sized USB port on the right side, also hidden behind a cover. Any cable for charging external devices (5V, 0.5A) can be connected to it. The built-in 2400 mAh battery will be able to charge your smartphone by about half, no matter how big the battery is (2000-3000 mAh is guaranteed to be half depending on the device).

RugGear RG150 Traveler

Below, on the same side, there are two contacts for external charging, but they don’t sell it as an accessory, you can’t find it on sale. At the bottom is a microUSB-connector for charging. Most conventional chargers and cables will do as the indentation is wide and the connector is standard. The cover on this connector is tight and hardly loosens over time.

RugGear RG150 Traveler

On the back surface, you can see the lens of a 1.3-megapixel camera, a speaker hole. The cover is fastened with two screws, you can use a screwdriver from the kit to open it, or you can use any coin. The fixation of the cover is reliable, the screws have metal inserts, it is difficult to break the thread. Inside you will see a large battery and already under it - a slot for memory cards (up to 32 GB), as well as a slot for a full-sized SIM card and microSIM.

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There is a wide eyelet on the body for attaching, you can use a strap, but hardly a carabiner. There are no complaints about the build quality of the device, everything is knocked down tightly and well.

Display

The screen is small, only 2 inches and a resolution of 176x220 pixels. In the sun, this TFT-matrix becomes invisible, largely due to its size, which is a minus of all such devices. But in general, there can be no complaints about the phone because of the screen - I would like more and better, but you don’t have to choose.

RugGear RG150 Traveler

Keyboard

The central navigation key has a white backlight, it is of medium brightness and is clearly visible. The buttons are made of plastic, more than average, convex, and it is convenient to press them, including when wearing gloves. The key travel is a little tight, it takes a little effort. The backlight is white, bright and easy to see in all conditions. The ergonomics of the keyboard is not bad.

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Battery

There is a Li-Ion battery with a capacity of 2400 mAh inside the device. According to the manufacturer, it can provide up to 560 minutes of talk time, up to 600 hours of standby time. That is, several weeks of work on a single charge, which, by the way, takes about 3.5 hours. However, you can change the charger, then the time will be reduced to 2.5 hours (1A). In conditions when the phone also worked as a BT headset, was constantly connected to a smartphone and had two SIM cards on board, the battery life was a couple of weeks with 4 hours of talk time in total. Quite a decent result.

RugGear RG150 Traveler

The usual device on MediaTek, the difference is that when an external device is connected as a headset, the corresponding menu and phone name are shown. Let's take a look at the main features of the phone.

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Телефонная книга. Можно записать в память до 1 000 имен, причем на имя записывается несколько номеров, есть выбор своей мелодии звонка, а также мелодии для сообщения. До 20 групп абонентов. Поддерживается загрузка телефонной книги с подключенного устройства! То есть, по большому счету, даже не нужно переносить все номера в память.

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Messages. Both SMS and MMS are supported, the phone has a memory for 500 SMS. The beauty of this device in conjunction with an Android smartphone is that when you install the BT Notifier application, you can receive your SMS on this handset. A feature that will appeal to many.

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Multimedia. This section has access to the camera (1.3 megapixels, nothing special), you can see photo examples here. Video recording in resolution up to 240x320 pixels.

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Тут же диктофон, а также FM-радио, которое умеет работать без подключенной гарнитуры. Аудиоплеер понимает музыку только с определенной папки на карте памяти.

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Charging. To use the phone as an external battery, this function must be activated in the menu.

RugGear RG150 Traveler

Bluetooth. Version 3.0, in the BT Remote section, you connect this unit as a headset to other devices. Everything is extremely simple and clear.

RugGear RG150 Traveler

Organizer. A file manager is hidden inside, there is a calculator, a calendar (you can add your own events), several alarm clocks, world time.

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Settings. Selecting profiles, turning on/off schedules, choosing wallpapers, assigning functions to pressing the navigation key and several other options.

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Impressions

Let's start with a simple one - speaker volume. The manufacturer claims that it gives out at a maximum of about 90 dB, which is a lot. In this mode, the speaker wheezes, but it is very loud. When making calls, the playback quality is not so important, but when listening to the radio, you should turn the volume down, especially since this will still be enough. The vibrating alert did not make any strong impression on me, it feels bad.

In terms of communication quality, everything is traditional for secure devices, the interlocutor can hear you quietly, this cannot be fixed in any way. The microphone does not draw the sound level due to the protective insert. According to user reviews, at sub-zero temperatures, the microphone may rattle, then the interlocutor cannot hear you (apparently, the microphone freezes). It was not possible to repeat this effect on my device, after freezing the phone transmitted sound without rattling, although the volume level decreased, the interlocutor heard me worse than usual. The declared temperature range starts from minus twenty, but for winter rides this is not an ideal device due to this behavior of the microphone.

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It is difficult to find direct competitors for the device, the scenario of its use looks too unusual. An excellent LED flashlight, IP68 protection standard and a large battery are its advantages. The cost of 7,990 rubles does not look too high, it is adequate for such a device.

If we look at analogues for the same price, we will stumble upon the Senseit P7, which has a 3600 mAh battery, it also acts as an external battery, has an IP68 protection standard. In the minus we will bring the speaker, which is quieter, the smaller screen.

Senseit P7

But if you are not interested in the described scenarios, but just need a phone with protection and for calls, then you should look at the cheapest models - RugGear Mariner GR128, Senseit P101.

RugGear RG150 Traveler rugged phone review

Sometimes familiar things can be done differently, and a new quality can be created from simple components. In the market of secure phones, it would seem that everything has been invented long ago and there can be no surprises. But the RugGear RG150 went a step further and came up with a few things that make this model stand out from the crowd. At first glance, this device is no different from secure dialers, IP68 protection standard, familiar appearance. But as soon as you start to understand in detail, you understand that they decided to turn this machine into a completely different device, which simply had no analogues on the market.

Do you know what stops a lot of people from using secure phones? Their rather weak functionality, the lack of modern features in most cases. Such a phone is a compromise, a rest from civilization. Even smartphones with IP67/69 protection level are inferior to classmates in many respects, and first of all, in terms of price. And the worst thing is to rearrange your main SIM-card in such a phone for the duration of the trip and leave the main smartphone at home. You feel a little different without the modern benefits of civilization. Someone says that he is resting from them, but I feel a lot of slyness in such words.

What if we suggest a different use case? Have a rugged phone in your hands that doubles as a standalone dual SIM device, plus you can connect it via Bluetooth to any phone, smartphone or tablet? Hang yourself on a rope on a rock, swim along the river, and do whatever you want. The main smartphone is hidden deep in the pocket, and outside is a secure phone that receives calls from it. Here someone can say that it is cheap and easy to get by with a wireless headset, the meaning will be exactly the same. I do not agree. The headset can't ring loudly, it can vibrate at best. It is easy to lose or break in difficult conditions. But the most important thing is that it has no protection from the same water. But a protected device specially created for such purposes with a loud speaker, comfortable keys - this is something that many people might like. As you can see, one of the new use cases that the RG150 offers did not exist until now, and this dramatically expands the possibilities of using this device.

As an addition to this functionality, I note that the device was equipped with the ability to recharge other devices, a very powerful flashlight. All together makes the model extremely curious, an interesting choice for those who don’t want to give up their smartphone on a hike, but are ready to hide it in order to save it, and use a second phone connected to it during activities. Of course, you can consider the RG150 and as an independent device, it is quite interesting in this capacity.

Design, dimensions, controls

The phone is black, inconspicuous and familiar to secure models. The IP68 protection standard suggests that you can drown it and nothing will happen to it. In a flask at a depth of one meter, the device calmly passed this test, no leaks occurred.

RugGear RG150 Traveler

The dimensions of the phone are 126x58x23 mm, the weight is 165 grams. Unusually weighty and thick, this is the first thing you pay attention to. On the side there is a rubberized insert, which even in wet hands fixes the device.

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At the top end you can see a 3.5 mm headset jack, and in the center there is a large LED light lens. It is remarkable in that it has a brightness of 100 lm, works at a distance of up to ten meters (ordinary flashlights in such devices are up to 2 meters). On the left side there is a power button, and there are several modes: constant light, SOS, strobe. The flashlight continues to work even after the device is completely turned off, at least 20-30 minutes!

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There is a full-sized USB port on the right side, also hidden behind a cover. Any cable for charging external devices (5V, 0.5A) can be connected to it. The built-in 2400 mAh battery will be able to charge your smartphone by about half, no matter how big the battery is (2000-3000 mAh is guaranteed to be half depending on the device).

RugGear RG150 Traveler

Below, on the same side, there are two contacts for external charging, but they don’t sell it as an accessory, you can’t find it on sale. At the bottom is a microUSB-connector for charging. Most conventional chargers and cables will do as the indentation is wide and the connector is standard. The cover on this connector is tight and hardly loosens over time.

RugGear RG150 Traveler

On the back surface, you can see the lens of a 1.3-megapixel camera, a speaker hole. The cover is fastened with two screws, you can use a screwdriver from the kit to open it, or you can use any coin. The fixation of the cover is reliable, the screws have metal inserts, it is difficult to break the thread. Inside you will see a large battery and already under it - a slot for memory cards (up to 32 GB), as well as a slot for a full-sized SIM card and microSIM.

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There is a wide eyelet on the body for attaching, you can use a strap, but hardly a carabiner. There are no complaints about the build quality of the device, everything is knocked down tightly and well.

Display

The screen is small, only 2 inches and a resolution of 176x220 pixels. In the sun, this TFT-matrix becomes invisible, largely due to its size, which is a minus of all such devices. But in general, there can be no complaints about the phone because of the screen - I would like more and better, but you don’t have to choose.

RugGear RG150 Traveler

Keyboard

The central navigation key has a white backlight, it is of medium brightness and is clearly visible. The buttons are made of plastic, more than average, convex, and it is convenient to press them, including when wearing gloves. The key travel is a little tight, it takes a little effort. The backlight is white, bright and easy to see in all conditions. The ergonomics of the keyboard is not bad.

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Battery

There is a Li-Ion battery with a capacity of 2400 mAh inside the device. According to the manufacturer, it can provide up to 560 minutes of talk time, up to 600 hours of standby time. That is, several weeks of work on a single charge, which, by the way, takes about 3.5 hours. However, you can change the charger, then the time will be reduced to 2.5 hours (1A). In conditions when the phone also worked as a BT headset, was constantly connected to a smartphone and had two SIM cards on board, the battery life was a couple of weeks with 4 hours of talk time in total. Quite a decent result.

RugGear RG150 Traveler

The usual device on MediaTek, the difference is that when an external device is connected as a headset, the corresponding menu and phone name are shown. Let's take a look at the main features of the phone.

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Телефонная книга. Можно записать в память до 1 000 имен, причем на имя записывается несколько номеров, есть выбор своей мелодии звонка, а также мелодии для сообщения. До 20 групп абонентов. Поддерживается загрузка телефонной книги с подключенного устройства! То есть, по большому счету, даже не нужно переносить все номера в память.

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Тут же диктофон, а также FM-радио, которое умеет работать без подключенной гарнитуры. Аудиоплеер понимает музыку только с определенной папки на карте памяти.

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Charging. To use the phone as an external battery, this function must be activated in the menu.

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Bluetooth. Version 3.0, in the BT Remote section, you connect this unit as a headset to other devices. Everything is extremely simple and clear.

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Organizer. A file manager is hidden inside, there is a calculator, a calendar (you can add your own events), several alarm clocks, world time.

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Settings. Selecting profiles, turning on/off schedules, choosing wallpapers, assigning functions to pressing the navigation key and several other options.

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Impressions

Let's start with a simple one - speaker volume. The manufacturer claims that it gives out at a maximum of about 90 dB, which is a lot. In this mode, the speaker wheezes, but it is very loud. When making calls, the playback quality is not so important, but when listening to the radio, you should turn the volume down, especially since this will still be enough. The vibrating alert did not make any strong impression on me, it feels bad.

In terms of communication quality, everything is traditional for secure devices, the interlocutor can hear you quietly, this cannot be fixed in any way. The microphone does not draw the sound level due to the protective insert. According to user reviews, at sub-zero temperatures, the microphone may rattle, then the interlocutor cannot hear you (apparently, the microphone freezes). It was not possible to repeat this effect on my device, after freezing the phone transmitted sound without rattling, although the volume level decreased, the interlocutor heard me worse than usual. The declared temperature range starts from minus twenty, but for winter rides this is not an ideal device due to this behavior of the microphone.

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It is difficult to find direct competitors for the device, the scenario of its use looks too unusual. An excellent LED flashlight, IP68 protection standard and a large battery are its advantages. The cost of 7,990 rubles does not look too high, it is adequate for such a device.

If we look at analogues for the same price, we will stumble upon the Senseit P7, which has a 3600 mAh battery, it also acts as an external battery, has an IP68 protection standard. In the minus we will bring the speaker, which is quieter, the smaller screen.

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But if you are not interested in the described scenarios, but just need a phone with protection and for calls, then you should look at the cheapest models - RugGear Mariner GR128, Senseit P101.

RugGear RG150 Traveler rugged phone review

Sometimes familiar things can be done differently, and a new quality can be created from simple components. In the market of secure phones, it would seem that everything has been invented long ago and there can be no surprises. But the RugGear RG150 went a step further and came up with a few things that make this model stand out from the crowd. At first glance, this device is no different from secure dialers, IP68 protection standard, familiar appearance. But as soon as you start to understand in detail, you understand that they decided to turn this machine into a completely different device, which simply had no analogues on the market.

Do you know what stops a lot of people from using secure phones? Their rather weak functionality, the lack of modern features in most cases. Such a phone is a compromise, a rest from civilization. Even smartphones with IP67/69 protection level are inferior to classmates in many respects, and first of all, in terms of price. And the worst thing is to rearrange your main SIM-card in such a phone for the duration of the trip and leave the main smartphone at home. You feel a little different without the modern benefits of civilization. Someone says that he is resting from them, but I feel a lot of slyness in such words.

What if we suggest a different use case? Have a rugged phone in your hands that doubles as a standalone dual SIM device, plus you can connect it via Bluetooth to any phone, smartphone or tablet? Hang yourself on a rope on a rock, swim along the river, and do whatever you want. The main smartphone is hidden deep in the pocket, and outside is a secure phone that receives calls from it. Here someone can say that it is cheap and easy to get by with a wireless headset, the meaning will be exactly the same. I do not agree. The headset can't ring loudly, it can vibrate at best. It is easy to lose or break in difficult conditions. But the most important thing is that it has no protection from the same water. But a protected device specially created for such purposes with a loud speaker, comfortable keys - this is something that many people might like. As you can see, one of the new use cases that the RG150 offers did not exist until now, and this dramatically expands the possibilities of using this device.

As an addition to this functionality, I note that the device was equipped with the ability to recharge other devices, a very powerful flashlight. All together makes the model extremely curious, an interesting choice for those who don’t want to give up their smartphone on a hike, but are ready to hide it in order to save it, and use a second phone connected to it during activities. Of course, you can consider the RG150 as an independent device, it is quite interesting in this capacity.

As an addition to this functionality, I note that the device was equipped with the ability to recharge other devices, a very powerful flashlight. All together makes the model extremely curious, an interesting choice for those who don’t want to give up their smartphone on a hike, but are ready to hide it in order to save it, and use a second phone connected to it during activities. Of course, you can consider RG150 and as an independent device, it is quite interesting in this capacity.

Design, dimensions, controls

The phone is black, inconspicuous and familiar to secure models. The IP68 protection standard suggests that you can drown it and nothing will happen to it. In a flask at a depth of one meter, the device calmly passed this test, no leaks occurred.

The dimensions of the phone are 126x58x23 mm, the weight is 165 grams. Unusually weighty and thick, this is the first thing you pay attention to. On the side there is a rubberized insert, which even in wet hands fixes the device.

At the top end you can see a 3.5 mm headset jack, and in the center there is a large LED light lens. It is remarkable in that it has a brightness of 100 lm, works at a distance of up to ten meters (ordinary flashlights in such devices are up to 2 meters). On the left side there is a power button, and there are several modes: constant light, SOS, strobe. The flashlight continues to work even after the device is completely turned off, at least 20-30 minutes!

There is a wide eyelet on the body for attaching, you can use a strap, but hardly a carabiner. There are no complaints about the build quality of the device, everything is knocked down tightly and well.

Display

The screen is small, only 2 inches and a resolution of 176x220 pixels. In the sun, this TFT-matrix becomes invisible, largely due to the size, this is a minus of all such devices. But in general, there can be no complaints about the phone because of the screen - I would like more and better, but you don’t have to choose.

Keyboard

The central navigation key has a white backlight, it is of medium brightness and is clearly visible. The buttons are made of plastic, larger than average, convex, and it is convenient to press them, including when wearing gloves. The key travel is a little tight, a little effort is required. The backlight is white, bright and easy to see in all conditions. The ergonomics of the keyboard is not bad.

Battery

There is a Li-Ion battery with a capacity of 2400 mAh inside the device. According to the manufacturer, it can provide up to 560 minutes of talk time, up to 600 hours of standby time. That is, several weeks of work on a single charge, which, by the way, takes about 3.5 hours. However, you can change the charger, then the time will be reduced to 2.5 hours (1A). In conditions when the phone also worked as a BT-headset, was constantly connected to a smartphone and had two SIM cards on board, the battery life was a couple of weeks with 4 hours of talk time in total. Quite a decent result.

The usual device on MediaTek, the difference is that when an external device is connected as a headset, the corresponding menu and phone name are shown. Let's take a look at the main features of the phone.

Phone book. You can store up to 1,000 names in memory, moreover, several numbers are recorded for the name, there is a choice of your own ring tone, as well as a message ring tone. Up to 20 groups of subscribers. Phone book download from connected device is supported! That is, by and large, you don’t even need to transfer all the numbers to memory.

Messages. Both SMS and MMS are supported, the phone has a memory for 500 SMS. The beauty of this device in conjunction with an Android smartphone is that when you install the BT Notifier application, you can receive your SMS on this handset. A feature that will appeal to many.

Multimedia. This section has access to the camera (1.3 megapixels, nothing special), you can see photo examples here. Video recording in resolution up to 240x320 pixels.

There is also a voice recorder, as well as an FM radio that can work without a connected headset. The audio player understands music only from a certain folder on the memory card.

Charging. To use the phone as an external battery, this function must be activated in the menu.

Bluetooth. Version 3.0, in the BT Remote section, you connect this unit as a headset to other devices. Everything is extremely simple and clear.

Organizer. A file manager is hidden inside, there is a calculator, a calendar (you can add your own events), several alarm clocks, world time.

Settings. Selecting profiles, turning on/off schedules, choosing wallpapers, assigning functions to pressing the navigation key and several other options.

Impressions

Let's start with a simple one - speaker volume. The manufacturer claims that it gives out at a maximum of about 90 dB, which is a lot. In this mode, the speaker wheezes, but it is very loud. When making calls, the playback quality is not so important, but when listening to the radio, you should turn the volume down, especially since this will still be enough. The vibrating alert did not make any strong impression on me, it feels bad.

In terms of communication quality, everything is traditional for secure devices, the interlocutor can hear you quietly, this cannot be fixed in any way. The microphone does not draw the sound level due to the protective insert. According to user reviews, at sub-zero temperatures, the microphone may rattle, then the interlocutor cannot hear you (apparently, the microphone freezes). It was not possible to repeat this effect on my device, after freezing the phone transmitted sound without rattling, although the volume level decreased, the interlocutor heard me worse than usual. The declared temperature range starts from minus twenty, but for winter rides this is not an ideal device due to this behavior of the microphone.

It is difficult to find direct competitors for the device, the scenario of its use looks too unusual. An excellent LED flashlight, IP68 protection standard and a large battery are its advantages. The cost of 7,990 rubles does not look too high, it is adequate for such a device.

If we look at analogues for the same price, we will stumble upon the Senseit P7, which has a 3600 mAh battery, it also acts as an external battery, has an IP68 protection standard. In the minus we will bring the speaker, which is quieter, the smaller screen.

But if you are not interested in the described scenarios, but just need a phone with protection and for calls, then you should look at the cheapest models - RugGear Mariner GR128, Senseit P101.