Most BlackBerry detractors insist on there not being a market anymore for physical keyboard-toting gadgets such as the Q10, but apparently NEC and AT&T beg to differ. The two have joined forces in bringing the world another QWERTY phone, though we wouldn’t exactly call this a Q10 competitor.
And that’s because the NEC Terrain, as the name suggests, is an outdoorsy fellow, being marketed as an “ultra-rugged smartphone designed for hard work, real life”. But what does “ultra-rugged” actually mean?
Well, it’s quite simple as I see it – it means the Terrain is essentially indestructible. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit, but it’s safe to say that if you’re not the world’s biggest klutz, there’s no way you can put a scratch on this thing.
The Terrain is protected against water, dust, but is also shockproof, exceeding the MIL-810G military specifications. Sadly, the reinforced exterior and the added functionality of the full physical keyboard don’t get a sufficiently solid correspondent on the inside, where the Terrain packs a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, but only 8 GB of storage and… Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
ICS on a 2013 phone?!? What are you thinking, NEC, AT&T? Oh, well, if you’re still willing to give this a chance, keep in mind that it does come with LTE speeds in tow, plus a 3.1-inch display with unknown resolution (never a good sign), 5 MP rear camera, Wi-Fi and microSD support.
Available starting tomorrow, June 21, the ultra-rugged phone will go for $99.99 with two-year contracts.