The XP1300 is an extremely well designed device, every angle, every curve and every dent screams “I’m super tough!".
Indeed it is, as it is an IP68 certified phone and capable of surviving in 6 feet of water for nearly three hours without any damage, it can survive being dropped from a height of 6.5 meters onto concrete, being frozen in anti-freeze for two hours, it is water, shock, fog, humidity, dust, mud and micro-particle proof. There is almost nothing that can get into the phone, and very little you can do to destroy it.
The phone is made from a powerful combination of plastic and fiber-glass, it weighs a truly brick like 185 g and with dimensions of 126 x 60 x 25 mm, it will fit into your toolbox or belt clip, but your average pocket might find it cumbersome.
At the front we have 2.2 inch 240x320 QVGA Gorilla Glass display (1.5 mm thick), capable of supporting 65,00 colors. Then the four directional D-pad flanked by the Select, Cancel and Call on the left, on the right side we find the Contacts, Back and End call buttons.The keypad itself is backlit and easy to press, though people wearing heavy duty work gloves may find the buttons a bit small.
The left spine contains the "mud flap" protected 3.5 mm headphone jack, proprietary 3.5 mm microUSB charging jack and programmable (via PC) JAVA button. Be careful not to lose the supplied USB cable as that's the only one that will work on the XP1300. The right side houses the volume rocker and torchlight button.
On the back you'll find the very bright light torch, and of course the screw protected back cover, don't worry the screwdriver is provided by Sonim. Unscrewing the back cover provides access to the battery, SIM and microSD card slots. If anything ever happens to your Sonim XP1300, the company has a three year no questions asked replacement or repair warranty.