16 Friday, 17 July 2009 London Lite DroppeD, frozen or boileD--this hanDset is unstoppable 250 mobile that is unbreakable value IT IS billed as the first indestructible mobile phone on sale in Britain. Impervious to dust, dirt and shocks, it can be dropped from six feet on to concrete. It will also work a metre underwater, in -20C conditions and in 100C heat. Coated in tough rubber, the handset, designed by Land Rover and made by Sonim, has even been approved for use by the military. Today, Tesco said it has been inundated with orders for the 250 phone, which went on sale this week. A new study found that on average, one in three young people breaks a handset during summer months, costing users a total 157m every year for replacements. The supermarket giant said it hoped the new handset, which comes with a three-year unconditional guarantee, could help save people money. Our research shows that summer holidays can be holidays from hell for mobile phones, said Lance Batchelor of Tesco Mobile. The new, virtually indestructible Land Rover S1 phone by Sonim is the worlds only military-rated mobile phone -- meaning it is resistant to humidity, dust, shock, salt and heat. nWe tested the sonims mettle with a battery of trials. First up was a game of kick the phone. Cue drop kicks, collisions and several squashings. Result: minimal scratching of the rubberised shell. Moving on to the road test, reversing, accelerating and emergency-stopping over the handset resulted in a cracked camera lens and minor scratching to the outer shell. A scratch test also produced impressive results. Keys, steel prongs and safety pins made little impression. When left out in the rain overnight, the phone remained undamaged. We then left it in a freezer for eight hours. Result: the phone switched itself off, but turned on with ease after warming up. Finally, in a determined bid to destroy the handset, we shoved it in a mug and poured boiling water over it... with absolutely no effect. Unbelievable. by Mark blunden testeD to the limit Hard as nails: the Land Rover Sonim handset H H index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html