Time for a new phone (in Off-topic)

AdminTal Destra [C and S Forgery Lmtd.] June 19 2011 10:01 AM EDT

My phone has been through the ringer... it is finally dead after being dropped into oil, antifreeze, water, power steering fluid, and lots of grease...

i need a heavy duty dependable phone that won't break if i drop it, and will last for at least 2 years around the aforementioned doom to the old phone.

im with ATT so it has to be from them

Unappreciated Misnomer June 19 2011 10:04 AM EDT

the question is do you want to play CB with it?

AdminTal Destra [C and S Forgery Lmtd.] June 19 2011 10:08 AM EDT

not needed... just texting (full keyboard if possible) and calling...
don't need internet on yet another device.

Quyen June 19 2011 10:39 AM EDT

uhh.. grease = oil? :)

AdminTal Destra [C and S Forgery Lmtd.] June 19 2011 10:51 AM EDT

grease = ball joint grease, the grease in the lifts

oil = for every vehicle on the roads motors

Unappreciated Misnomer June 19 2011 11:08 AM EDT

lol put your phone in the tool box, I know a mechanic he has 2 blackberry's(on for the GF, the other for the rest of 'em) and doesnt destroy either.

Admiralkiller [Cult of the Valaraukar] June 19 2011 11:09 AM EDT

No, I am on my 4th this year. I suggest be careful.

AdminTal Destra [C and S Forgery Lmtd.] June 19 2011 11:09 AM EDT

constantly on my phone to parts suppliers even while working on the cars

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] June 19 2011 11:22 AM EDT

have you ever tried using a bluetooth headset? at least you could leave your phone out of harms way then if you get one with the newest protocol and max range.

AdminTal Destra [C and S Forgery Lmtd.] June 19 2011 11:32 AM EDT

headsets disappear too fast around kids

Quyen June 19 2011 11:35 AM EDT

my headset didnt die :)

Areodjarekput June 19 2011 11:36 AM EDT

I have a bluetooth headset which I leave at work, so I don't lose it in transit/at home.

Could you do that?

AdminTal Destra [C and S Forgery Lmtd.] June 19 2011 11:37 AM EDT


knowing me though... no

i'd forget to take it off

AdminTal Destra [C and S Forgery Lmtd.] June 19 2011 11:49 AM EDT

I think im going to go with a LG Neon II

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] June 19 2011 11:50 AM EDT


that one seems pretty rugged, not sure what the military standards entails but it definitely makes it sound tough!

AdminTal Destra [C and S Forgery Lmtd.] June 19 2011 12:02 PM EDT

horrible reviews on cnet and the AT&T website

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] June 19 2011 12:12 PM EDT

four stars just like the neon 2, at least on at&t site. you do know what they say about doing the same thing and expecting different results? : )

AdminTal Destra [C and S Forgery Lmtd.] June 19 2011 12:15 PM EDT

I've known that I'm insane.

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] June 19 2011 12:22 PM EDT

in my experience, lg phones are cheaply made. i would be wary of buying one to hold up for two years under normal conditions. g'luck though and i hope you find one that holds up!

IPoop June 19 2011 12:41 PM EDT

not sure which model it is but the JCB (yep as in the diggers) seems to be surviving well for my brother-in-law and he usually breaks phones regularly. Seems pretty bounce resistant and grease proof (dont think hes dropped it in liquid yet though).

AdminG Beee June 19 2011 1:00 PM EDT

Brother-in-law (Landscape gardener) swears by his JCB Toughphone Tradesman. Don't know if you can get it in the US and don't know what the general reviews for the thing are, but he likes it and hasn't managed to break it yet.

someone[onabreak] June 19 2011 3:56 PM EDT

I got my wife a Casio G'zOne Brigade, because she is very clumsy and accident-prone. Supposedly, the phone meets military specifications for resistance to water, dust, and shock. She's dropped it a few times (accidentally) with no ill effects.

However I think it's available through Verizon only. :/


QBPit Spawn [Abyssal Specters] June 19 2011 4:52 PM EDT


AdminTal Destra [C and S Forgery Lmtd.] June 19 2011 4:57 PM EDT

LOL Pit.

QBsutekh137 June 19 2011 5:52 PM EDT

Get a phone that allows a rugged surrounding, as in, immediate surrounding -- OtterBox cases are nice, I got one for my iPhone when the first one just had half the screen stop working...don't even know what drop made that happen.

Fact is, shock-protection built into the hardware is expensive (think Panasonic Toughbook = $$$). A case that stops everything else (oil, water, grime) is relatively inexpensive, and some DO help with the shock by doing the neoprene/plastic shell hybrid (see above: OtterBox).

Cases can be a crap shoot, too, sadly. They aren't cheap, and they are generally so specific to one model of phone that you can never use it twice in a row.

Personally, I think an iPhone in an OtterBox would get through quite a bit, but that phone is overkill for your needs.

The OtterBox website is here: http://www.otterbox.com, but don't pay full price, check Amazon if you go that route, they are stupid expensive at MSRP.

...and cases on other phones might work, I'm just not as familiar with other phone models.

Good luck!
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