NEC doesn’t have a substantial presence in the Android market today. However, with its new device, the NEC Terrain, NEC makes a bold statement, billing the rugged device as “the World’s most SOLID smartphone”.
The Terrain is rated IP-67 for dust and water immersion; and Military 810G for shock, extreme temperatures, and salt fog; yet it still manages to cram a push-to-talk button and QWERTY keyboard inside its rugged shell.
As far as specifications are concerned, the first thing you’ll want to note is that it comes with a somewhat dated version of Android: Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4. The battery is a little on the small side, coming in at only 1900 mAh. Speaking of small, the screen is smaller than that of the very first Android, the T-Mobile G1, coming in at just 3.1-inches compared to the G1′s 3.2-inches. Resolution, however, is significantly higher on the Terrain at 480×640 and a PPI of 258.
Now that we’ve got all those out of the way, although small, the screen is very usable, and the physical keyboard makes text-entry a breeze. It’s powered by a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro Plus MSM8960 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, and teamed up with an Adreno 225 graphics processor and 1GB of RAM. Storage space is limited to 8GB, but an included microsd slot allows for expansion. All in all, not bad.
Hit play and watch as I unbox this durable beast, and take it for a quick spin and hardware tour.
This isn’t the last that we’ve seen of the NEC Terrain. I’m talking it on as my daily driver over the next few days to put it through its paces. As you might expect, I’ll go out of my way to test its durability.