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*Reception whilst submerged cannot be guaranteed

That’s what it says on the side of the new Somin XP3 packaging.

Yes, the handset has arrived.

It’s a piece of gorgeousness.

More on that tomorrow.

I think I will engage the assistance of Ed, if he’s around, and some buckets of water and do a real time trial. Can you receive a text message whilst underwater? Or, whilst your handset is submerged in a bowl of water?

ENQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW!

By Ewan

Ewan is Founder and Editor of Mobile Industry Review. He writes about a wide variety of industry issues and is usually active on Twitter most days. You can read more about him or reach him with these details.

10 replies on “*Reception whilst submerged cannot be guaranteed”

Enquiring minds would appreciate a general overview of the UI. We all know the Nokia and SE and iPhone and blackberry and Android UIs backwards now, but this is a new company, and some in-depth info on how it works as a phone, as a texting device, and as a browser, or calendar, or whatever would be good. There's no point in thinking of buying one of these things to replace, say, a bog standard Nokia series 40 phone (which seems to be the market it's aimed at) if it's nowhere near as easy or intuitive to use.

There are loads of reviews of the handset (well, the XP1) being bashed, dunked, run over, dropped form a plane and so on around, and yes, they're fun, but everybody seems to miss out the essential phone functions from their review, so this could be a plus point for you 🙂

I have used the XP1 – the OS was the same as the old philips mobile's if I'm not mistaken – very basic, but functional for voice and text (no mms etc) and you wouldn't want to use the calendar for anything other than checking the date. My biggest gripe was you had to use the sim to transfer contact data to/from it despite it sporting a usb port – I raised this at the time and was told the next model include such functionality – Hopefully Ewan will be able to inform us whether this is indeed the case.

Don't expect miracles from the XP3 — I haven't looked in-depth at the XP3's UI yet.

I pressed Bob, their CEO, on the UI and he was at pains to point out that they are working on this. Their number one focus was — and I think still is — on making sure the device doesn't break when you drop it and so on. That's what *most* people are buying it for.

I'll have a look!

I have used the XP1 – the OS was the same as the old philips mobile's if I'm not mistaken – very basic, but functional for voice and text (no mms etc) and you wouldn't want to use the calendar for anything other than checking the date. My biggest gripe was you had to use the sim to transfer contact data to/from it despite it sporting a usb port – I raised this at the time and was told the next model would include such functionality – Hopefully Ewan will be able to inform us whether this is indeed the case.

Don't expect miracles from the XP3 — I haven't looked in-depth at the XP3's UI yet.

I pressed Bob, their CEO, on the UI and he was at pains to point out that they are working on this. Their number one focus was — and I think still is — on making sure the device doesn't break when you drop it and so on. That's what *most* people are buying it for.

I'll have a look!

I have used the XP1 – the OS was the same as the old philips mobile's if I'm not mistaken – very basic, but functional for voice and text (no mms etc) and you wouldn't want to use the calendar for anything other than checking the date. My biggest gripe was you had to use the sim to transfer contact data to/from it despite it sporting a usb port – I raised this at the time and was told the next model would include such functionality – Hopefully Ewan will be able to inform us whether this is indeed the case.

Don't expect miracles from the XP3 — I haven't looked in-depth at the XP3's UI yet.

I pressed Bob, their CEO, on the UI and he was at pains to point out that they are working on this. Their number one focus was — and I think still is — on making sure the device doesn't break when you drop it and so on. That's what *most* people are buying it for.

I'll have a look!

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