• The Nautiz X5 is the smartphone for your rough and tumble user on the go

    Tim Stevens
    Tim Stevens

    Ever drop a phone and spend a few unpleasant moments cringing with anticipation of the flimsy shattering noise it will make when it ends its journey on the ground, battery asunder and various pieces scattered to the winds? We've all been there, which makes a rugged smartphone like the Nautiz X5 a little more appealing than it would otherwise be based purely on aesthetics alone. It's been rated IP65 (two marks higher than Sony's recent semi-rugged GXD-L64H1 LCD), meaning it's completely dust-proof and can stand up to a heavy shower, but also sports modern conveniences like a 3 megapixel camera with LED flash, a barcode scanner, Bluetooth, 802.11b/g, and a 3.5-inch VGA LCD through which you can get your Windows Mobile 6.1 on. All that is powered by an 806MHz Marvell CPU with 256MB of RAM, meaning it's not only beefy on the outside. No word on price or availability, but don't expect all that heft to come cheap.[Via Handheld Europe]