Hands-on with the rugged NEC Terrain (Video)

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Not long ago we unboxed and showed off the hardware of the NEC Terrain for AT&T. But you weren’t content with just that, you wanted to see us abuse it.

Some people might call me “soft”. I have a desk-job. I drive a Prius. Other than the goatee, on the outside I’m not what most people would call “rugged”. While that may be what most people see, I also build stuff. I get my hands dirty. While I won’t claim to be as rugged as others who do really hard work every day, I can certainly value the benefits of a good, durable smartphone that I won’t have to worry about breaking. Luckily, the NEC Terrain lives up to its motto: “Made for hard work”.

The NEC Terrain is a water-resistant, rugged device that sports a keyboard, and considering that its primary purpose is to be rugged and durable, it’s a pretty nice nice phone.

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.

On the inside, the NEC Terrain is a little on the light side. Although is has a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 8960 processor, it only has 1GB RAM and a 3.1-inch, 640×480 screen, this smartphone isn’t going to win any performance contests. It’s running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which seemed a little out of place to us, but overall the device is pretty snappy, and we didn’t notice any hanging or lagging — except when it took us two or three times to tap a somewhat small on-screen button.

If your job has you in “the field” more than in an office, and you want a phone that’s a little more durable than the relatively fragile flagship devices from the major OEMs, the NEC Terrain is a great mix of performance, specs, and durability.

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Joe Levi
Joe graduated from Weber State University with two degrees in Information Systems and Technologies. He has carried mobile devices with him for more than a decade, including Apple's Newton, Microsoft's Handheld and Palm Sized PCs, and is Pocketnow's "Android Guy".By day you'll find Joe coding web pages, tweaking for SEO, and leveraging social media to spread the word. By night you'll probably find him writing technology and "prepping" articles, as well as shooting video.Read more about Joe Levi here.