Smartphones are great, but with so many of us down under working in physical jobs – or spending a lot of our time in the great outdoors – it's often quite a risk taking them with us every day. Luckily, there's an option for us active Aussies: the new Telstra Tough Max 2, a hard-wearing phone designed to take a lot of punishment.
Telstra describes the handset as “designed for tradies, construction workers, miners, farmers, outdoor adventure enthusiasts or anyone seeking extra protection and durability in a smartphone”, and to this end, it has been given a number of extra-tough features.
First there is the screen, using durable Gorilla Glass. It is surrounded by a rubber casing that gives additional protection from impacts in case the phone is dropped, which is especially useful as around 70 per cent of damage issues that were reported to Telstra Tech Bars in 2017 were a result of drops or bumps.
The handset is also rated IP67 for water and dust, meaning it can be immersed in fresh water at a depth of a metre for half an hour without breaking.
Telstra is also mindful of the fact that for many of its customers, smartphones are impractical due to them living in remote areas with little mobile signal. The Tough Max 2 is 4GX-compatible and Blue Tick rated, while also including an RF port for use with compatible external antennas to boost signal.
David Hunt, head of post-paid mobiles consumer at Telstra, said: “We know that phone durability and breakages are a pain-point, not only for tradies but for many smartphone users, so Telstra has worked together with ZTE to produce the Telstra Tough Max 2 and hopefully provide a solution for those customers looking for a hard wearing phone.”
For those more interested in the tech than the phone's durability, the Tough Max 2 comes with 16MP rear and 8MP front cameras, a five-inch screen and 32GB of storage space. The large, 3,000mAh battery can be charged wirelessly, and the phone has a fingerprint scanner on the back for added security.