Ruggear RG702 review

I have tested the RG702 on various mountain ranges in Europe and Africa, and it has already earned its post in my standard equipment list. In fact can’t I wait to bring it to Everest North side, where China Mobile claims to offer full 3G coverage all the way up the north side (Tibet side). It would be awesome to make a phone or Skype call on the summit of Everest with my Ruggear RG702.

Well, let’s get into my experiences with it.

On my latest expedition to Mount Elbrus, a winter ascent of the highest mountain in Europe (5.642 m) and one of the “Seven Summits”, where it was cold, damn cold to be frankly, did Ruggear RG702 prove its right being a Smartphone build for harsh conditions. Despite minus 50-55 degrees Celsius didn’t I experience any problems with durability, battery lifetime or frost on screen or camera lens. It just worked as a charm.

Due to the small-ish size and low weight (260 grams) was I able to carry it in my chest pocket all the way up and down the mountain, even without noticing it in the pocket. And when I needed to use it for phone calls, Skype call or used it as backup camera (my regular camera froze up) was it easy to use. But more importantly, I didn’t felt like I had to take special precautions, it feels like it’s made for my kind of harsh adventures.

At one point did I drop the RG702 and it flew at least 4 meters directly down on rocks and continued to slide down on ice some hundred meters with out a scratch.

The operating system is based on Android and of cause did I install the “usual mountaineering and outdoor” software pack, and the GPS reading were remarkable precise.

Only downside with this smartphone, as well as every other smartphone I have used on my expeditions, is the ability to recognize gestures made by glove-wearing fingers and the brightness of the screen. Up high on a mountain is the sun really powerful and it’s almost impossible to read the screen wearing goggles. But then again, we can’t have it all can we

Ruggear RG702 has earned my trust and its place in my standard gear for mountain expeditions.

 

Rugged features

  • IP68
  • Waterproof IP68 – will withstand being submerged under 2m of water for 30mins
  • Break-resistance – highly rugged, can withstand a fall of 1.2m onto concrete
  • Dust-proof IP6X – completely dustproof
  • Crush-proof – endure 1 ton static state pressure
  • Dual Sim

Platform

  • MT6582, Quad-core 1.3GHz
  • Operating system Android 4.4 rugged smart phone

Australian 2G bands

  • 850MHz
  • 900MHz (Telstra, Optus, Vodafone)
  • 1900MHz (Telstra, Optus, Vodafone)

Australian 3G bands

  • 850MHz (Telstra, Vodafone) – Exclusive 3G band
  • 2100MHz (Telstra, Optus, Vodafone) – Exclusive 3G band

Storage

  • Built in memory: 4GB ROM+ 1GB RAM
  • Support micro T-card up to 32GB

Display

  • Screen size: 4.5″
  • Resolution: 480×854 pixels
  • HD IPS high bright TP

Camera

  • Front Camera: 5.0M pixels 0.3 MP Front + 5MP Rear
  • Rear Camera: 8.0M pixels it can be compatible with 13M
  • Flashlight and Video

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • WiFi IEEE 802.11b/g/n
  • Micro USB
  • Data HSPA (Download 7.2Mb, Upload 5.76Mb)

Battery

  • 3600mAh battery

Standby time

  • 400 hours

Call time

  • 6 hours (3G)

Size

  • H x W x D (122 x 63 x 10.5) mm

Weight

  • 260g

Other Features

  • FM Radio
  • E-Compass
  • Network Independent GPS Location & Navigation
  • Loud Speaker (>100dB)

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