Although smartphones are the devices that currently work more manufacturers, we still see some basic phones that continue to add certain features and characteristics of current phones. A good example are the Xiaomi QIN 1 and QIN 1S of which we spoke to you recently. Today we talk about the Ulefone Armor Mini, a basic phone, rugerizado and with some very interesting features.
To speak of a rugerized telephone is to speak of a telephone designed to be pushed to the limit. In this aspect, the Ulefone Armor Mini does not disappoint since its construction and certifications make it a good companion of adventures.
A mobile prepared for war, the inclemencies of nature and the most clumsy user
You can not talk about a rugged phone without talking about water and dust resistance. In this case we are more than covered: IP68. This certification assures us that we can submerge the phone for 30 minutes up to 1.5m deep. Also, no particles of dust, mud or sand will remain inside the terminal. This feature implies that the connection ports remain covered with a tab that we will have to remove to access them. The same applies to the bay for cards and the battery, which is removable, however, in this case we will need a screwdriver, included in the package.
As we have said, the Ulefone Armor Mini is a ruggedized phone, that is, it does not have problems to take hits. Its construction with flexible TPU plastic allows the body to absorb impacts that would put a mobile phone in trouble. That is, the Ulefone Armor Mini is a kind of Nokia 3310 with some improved features and even more resistance.
And this condition of rugerizado has a remarkable impact in the design. It is common for these phones to be larger and coarser than normal phones and the Ulefone armor Mini is no exception. Its thickness of 21 millimeters is obviously greater than that of, for example the LG Q8 2018 that we have analyzed in Gizlogic, but it is still reduced for a phone with these characteristics. The weight of the terminal goes up to 161g, a fairly moderate weight that will not cost us to carry it in your pocket.
Being a basic phone we are not surprised to find a T9 keyboard and navigation buttons. These buttons, next to the screen, the logo of the brand and the loudspeaker for calls make up the front of the Ulefone Armor Mini. In the back we find a Samsung-style camera (square and with a chrome trim), the main speaker and the battery cover, plus several screws. Four of them will serve to open the lid and change the SIM and MicroSD cards or change the battery.
The phone is available in three colors, red, orange or black. These options only change one line that we will find at the bottom and top of the phone, the rest of the body is black. Although the aforementioned black version may seem more elegant a priori, if we are going to use it outdoors, the strong color lines can help us find it on the ground or in the water.
As we have said is a basic phone, it is not designed to offer us a great power. That’s why it does not have 3G, or 4G, only 2G. On the other hand we do not have any usual operating system, so we can not use WhatsApp or any other Android or iOS application. If you are looking for a rugged Android phone, a good option is the Ulefone Armor 2S. However, the phone has dual sim, so if we plan to be in bad coverage areas, using two different operators will minimize the chances of being cut off.
Regarding the most technical section, the processor that equips the Ulefone Armor Mini is designed to reduce consumption to the maximum and offer us the right and necessary. However, the phone has some interesting functions. We can use the radio without headphones . In addition, thanks to its MicroSD slot up to 32GB we can store music or podcasts . On the other hand, the phone has a Class K amplifier that will allow us to enjoy music or radio without headphones at a large volume and without suffering distortions of sound. So it can even serve us as an ultra-resistant MP3.
Among other functions, the phone has calendar, bluetooth, alarm, calculator and voice recorder, in addition to a powerful flashlight located at the top edge of the phone. The camera will not offer us great image quality. If you’re wondering why you do not invest more in a better camera, do not forget that a better camera requires a better processor to capture that resolution and that would result in a large increase in the price of the device.
Lastly, we talk about the battery. Undoubtedly one of the most important points of this phone. 2500 mAh for a phone with a 2.4-inch screen is a real pass. The time in conversation is triggered until 12 O’clock, in addition, at rest it will last us up to 21 days. As if that were not enough we can use it to load another device. While 2500mAh is not a great power bank, it can get us out of a hurry.
Although we understand the limitations of this device, we miss some more sensors, especially GPS. If we are going to use it to be in the field it would be good to be able to geolocate with it. However for the price of the device is understandable the absence of this sensor.