Decent Rugged Phone

Discussion in 'Survival Communications' started by BenP, Jun 12, 2018.


  1. BenP

    BenP Monkey++ Site Supporter+

    I have a reputation for destroying phones, usually within the first two weeks of purchase, but I have been using a phone called a SnoPow M9 for a while now. I bought it because it is rugged and has a 400mhz 2-way radio. Sunday, I was going down a really steep hill with the tractor and hit a bump that made the tires start to slide and the tractor took off down the hill. About half way down the hill my phone went air born about the time the door came open and my phone went out the door and under the back tire. When I finally 'landed' I got out and and walked back up the hill and found my phone in the tractor skid marks, when I cleaned it off it looked and worked like nothing had happened to it. This is one of many accidents (including multiple 12ft drops to concrete) my phone has endured without injury.

    The 2 way radio is only 1-watt but will communicate with my Baofeng radios with no problem and it keeps me from having to carry a separate radio around on the farm. When I use the tractor I wear ear plugs (headphones) and this lets me monitor to the 2-way radio, phone, and listen audio books at the same time.

    It is an Android phone and you can download whatever apps for it and it also supports multiple SIM cards which I thought might be handy but I have not tried to explore the possibilities yet.
     
  2. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    a nice find and two things,
    1st you can't use Verizon as your carrier

    2nd why not just put it in an otter box? it's cheaper =)
     
  3. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey Site Supporter++

    I've moved away from otter boxes to Zizo (zizowireless.com) and like the features and color combinations better.The also come with tempered glass protectors and cost about half an otter box. This is the Bolt model in desert camo that I currently use - more grippy, and has a lanyard attachment and a fold out foot stand. It's at least as good as my black "city" otter box. I'll get an orange one come winter snows after we move. EDIT: they are also about half the price as the otter box.
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  4. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey Site Supporter++

    Note: Looks like the Snopow already comes with an otter box type case. Too bad other phone makers don't follow suit, because I kind of feel gypped when I have to buy the protective box after I already spent hundreds of dollars on the phone. Personally I'm sticking with iPhones because they are far more secure than Androids or other smart phone systems. Snopow sure looks like a full featured value leader, though.
     
  5. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    SnoPow M9 and it does have a 2 way radio built in
     
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  6. Tully Mars

    Tully Mars Metal weldin' monkey

    I've used OtterBoxes since my 1st smart phone and have been very happy with them, however I will be checking out the above. They look good and 1/2 the price is nothing to blow off.
    Saturday we took Sass's grandson down to the country club for a cook out and swim.
    Now before y'all think I've gotten too big for my britches, the "country club" is what we all call a clearing down on the creek where a bunch of friends go to cook out, shoot, swim and drink beer when it gets hot out. There is a covered area where we have the grills, a smoker and tables. It's solar powered so there is power.
    ANYWAYS, I lost my phone while down at the creek. I just figured it came off when I got out of the truck and I'd get it later. After being down there for about an hour, Piglet(Sass's G son) was picking up rocks out of the creek trying to learn how to skip stones. He reaches down and comes up with my phone. I'm thinking "well there goes 300 bux" when he brings it to me. I checked it out, works perfectly. Wiped off the case, opened it up and the phone was dry.

    A quality case is worth the money.
     
  7. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Grudge Monkey

    I swear by the Galaxy S series, one of the toughest phones I have found, and MagPul makes a hard case for it that is bomb proof! So far, I have dropped this phone at least 3 times from about 6 to 8 feet up and have had zero issues or any damage!
     
  8. Tully Mars

    Tully Mars Metal weldin' monkey

    That's what I have, S6 Active.
     
  9. SB21

    SB21 Monkey+++

    How does the radio work on this phone ? Does it just work with another SnoPow phone ??
     
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  10. techsar

    techsar Monkey+++

     
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  11. SB21

    SB21 Monkey+++

    Thanks. My brains not working at full capacity tonite. Brainfart,,,,,
     
  12. techsar

    techsar Monkey+++

    Anytime...we're all here to help :)
     
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  13. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    I would be very interested if. this device has passed Type Acceptance at the FCC Lab... especialy if the Frequency can be changed from the Keypad, anywhere in the advertised Limits... Definately not within CFR47Part 2... Regulations and Proceedures for Type Acceptance.....
     
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  14. Guerrilla Tactical

    Guerrilla Tactical A Well Dressed Monkey

    That's an awesome phone! Just looked up the M9 version and I like it a lot. Having two-way communications built in is really handy in the woods where you don't have access to cell service. Plus simply pushing one button to broadcast is far simpler than dialing or searching for contacts.
     
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