With its sights set on the military market, the BIP-6000 from Bluebird is the most durable and resilient smartphone around, although this does come at the slight expense of its looks and weight.
There have been a few other hardcore mobile phones over the years, but on paper the BIP-6000 has them all trumped. It will work normally whether you are in freezing temperatures of -18 or boiling conditions of 55 degrees and it can be dropped from a height of nearly 2 metres onto solid steel quite a few times before it starts to get punch drunk and stop working properly.
The current BIP-6000 has been built around Android 1.5, but its manufacturer promises that 2.0 or 2.1 compatibility will be available soon.
This is a relatively well equipped mobile phone considering its resilient capabilities, with a 3.5 inch touch screen and various connectivity options including HSDPA and Wi-Fi.
Rather than opting to include a full physical QWERTY keypad as a landscape slide out interface, Bluebird has chosen to endow the BIP-6000 with a BlackBerry-style portrait QWERTY keypad.
The cost of this smartphone is as astonishing as its functions, with an expected £1200 price tag likely to put off all but those who actually need an indestructible Android phone.
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