teXet TM-3200R is the most technologically advanced model of all rugged phones presented by teXet. After a heated discussion of the news about the appearance of the teXet TM-3200R model, we decided not to deprive this model of our attention, before that we had TM-503RS and TM-510R models on our test. The teXet TM-3200R is a ruggedized smartphone that is IP67 resistant to dirt and water. The smartphone runs on the Android 2.3 operating system, no updates were found during testing, it supports two active SIM cards and has a fairly capacious 2000 mAh battery.
In terms of its dimensions, the smartphone is not at all small, the dimensions of teXet TM-3200R are 124x68x20 mm. It looks bulky, but when you take it in your hand, it immediately becomes clear that the device is serious. Dimensions and appearance are determined by the degree of protection against external damage, and teXet TM-3200R has good protection. When compared with competing models from SONY and SAMSUNG, they lose teXet TM-3200R in protection during crash tests. But more about that later, now about the appearance of the smartphone.
The body of the teXet TM-3200R is made of durable plastic with rubber inserts, both device connectors — jack 3.5 mm and microUSB, are tightly closed with plugs. The plugs have one feature — they are attached to the body with small bolts, apparently for reliability. I have already come across such a fastening system, in my opinion, it is not very reliable: over time, the plug bursts at the place of attachment (different density of materials affects).
Almost the entire front side of the teXet TM-3200R is occupied by a 3.2-inch IPS display covered with a durable, 1.2 mm thick ASAHI glass. The aspect ratio of the display is 16:9, the resolution is 480×320 pixels. All displayed information looks nice on it, it does not fade much in the sun, the colors are bright, the contrast is good. Above the display is a speaker slot covered with a metal mesh, light and distance sensors, and a front camera eye. At the bottom of the display there is a slot for the microphone and three function keys, two of which are responsible for calling and canceling it, and the third for exiting the menu. The answer key is convenient when your hands are wet or wearing gloves, the keys are large and embossed, it will be difficult to miss them.
On the back of the teXet TM-3200R there is a strap attachment, a strap with a carabiner, a compass and a small screwdriver is included. Below is the window of the main camera, next to which is the flash. The camera has a resolution of 5.0 megapixels, photos and videos are of average quality, the camera is slow. Next is the battery cover, which is securely attached to the body with two bolts. The screw-driver, for convenient opening of a cover is on a thong. In the lower part there are two slots for the call speaker, also covered with a mesh. The sound of the speaker is loud, it will be difficult to miss a call.
On the right side of the device is the camera button and volume rocker. On the top there is a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a power/lock button. The bottom part has no connectors. On the left side of the device is a microUSB connector and a button to turn on the flashlight.
The role of a flashlight, as always, is performed by a flash, and in order to illuminate something, we constantly need to keep the button pressed. This has its pros and cons, but at least the flashlight doesn’t turn on in your pocket like the TM-510R did. The flashlight has one feature: when the phone is completely turned off, when it has managed to inform you that the battery charge is used up, the flashlight button still works, and this is very convenient. The charge left in the battery is enough to give you some more time. The flash shines medium, but it will be enough to illuminate the road, a dark entrance or a keyhole.
While using the smartphone, another small minus associated with the microUSB connector surfaced. It is very deeply recessed into the case, and it is practically impossible to use another cable, except for the one that comes with the kit. For example, the cable that was in my car for charging phones did not fit, and a couple of times I had to go through the rest of the day without a connection.
Inside the teXet TM-3200R is a powerful 2000 mAh battery by today’s standards. The manufacturer promises us up to 5 hours of talk time, 360 hours of standby time (2G), up to 6 hours of Internet (WiFi/3G). With an average smartphone load, after installing a couple of programs that optimize the system, I managed to get almost three days of work out of it. The result is really good, considering how much modern devices “hold” a charge at the moment, but, in truth, I wanted such a smartphone to work for at least five days without recharging.
The assembly of the teXet TM-3200R is good, there are no gaps, backlashes, or squeaks. The only thing that can be done wrong is to loosely close the back cover, and everything is done perfectly.
The smartphone runs on the Android 2.3 operating system, the operating system is far from new and a lot has already been written about it, so we will not focus on it. Let me just say that the teXet TM-3200R works quite fast, but there is always a lack of RAM. There were no special glitches during testing, a couple of times the smartphone rebooted on its own, a couple of times it hung, but everything was within the tolerable. Work with two sim-cards flawlessly, the signal is stable. The only thing is, if you are talking on one card, an incoming call from another is impossible.
The protective functions of the smartphone are implemented perfectly: teXet TM-3200R successfully survived all the falls, which, by the way, were, as usual, many and from different heights; in a normal household situation, such falls do not occur, unless, of course, you are a high-altitude climber. The smartphone has a good margin of safety, there are few test marks left on the case, rubber inserts softened the blow well. The glass is absolutely intact, without a hint of cracks, although it was slightly scratched when it fell on the stones, but we must pay tribute to its good quality, since, I repeat, there were many falls, and there are practically no scratches. I am sure that if you throw a smartphone at an enemy, he will receive serious bodily harm, and the device will continue to work.
Further, the smartphone passed the “rolling in the mud” test, after which it was successfully washed and dried. I pay special attention to washing the device after falling into the mud, do not forget to clean the holes of the microphone and all the speakers well, otherwise the dirt that has clogged in there will greatly interfere with audibility during a conversation. The smartphone passed the water immersion test perfectly, it swam in the river, descended to a depth of half a meter indicated in the instructions and even more, and continued to work successfully. After two weeks of using the TM-3200R, I decided to do an unusual test for myself, taking my smartphone into the bath with me and watching a couple of episodes of my favorite series online. Comfortable enough, while lying in the bath, to entertain yourself with watching videos or reading the news, without fear of damaging the device.
All tests teXet TM-3200R passed well, there are no complaints about the degree of protection, the margin of safety is quite large, it will work out of any life situation. If you do not go too far and do not put cruel experiments on the device, then it can last a very long time.
The impressions from using the smartphone were positive, yes, for a city dweller the device is bulky and half the degrees of protection may never come in handy. Yes, I want more battery life, new firmware, but in the segment of secure smartphones in terms of price-quality ratio, teXet TM-3200R has no competitors. The closest rivals are more expensive and cannot provide such protection.
The teXet TM-3200R smartphone is perfect for those who are fond of fishing, hunting, hiking, outdoor activities, extreme sports or working in adverse conditions, for whom advanced multimedia functions, the ability to use GPS and maps are important. All these people teXet TM-3200R will be a good, and most importantly reliable company.
List of all smartphone features:
Water and dust resistance IP67 rating Dual active SIM cards Network standards: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 WCDMA 900/1900/2100 (SIM 1) Screen: 3.2 inch Capacitive IPS display, 16:9 aspect ratio, 480×320 resolution pixels, 2 point Multi-touch Operating system: Android 2.3 Processor: Qualcomm MSM7227-1 ARM11, 800 MHz GPU: Adreno 200 Memory: 512 MB ROM / 256 MB RAM Camera: front — 0.3 MP, main — 5.0 MP, autofocus. Built-in GPS Communications: – Built-in 3G – Built-in WiFi 802.11b/g/n – Built-in Bluetooth 2.1 Slot for microSD/SDHC cards (up to 32 GB) Automatic image rotation (G-Sensor) Proximity sensor, electronic compass Built-in: speaker, microphone, vibration motor Interfaces: microUSB, 3.5 mm mini jack Supported formats: – video: MP4, 3GP; – audio: MP3, AMR, AMR, MIDI, OGG, WAV; – text: FB2, EPUB, TXT, PDF; – Images: JPG, BMP, PNG, GIF. FM radio (87.5-108.0 MHz) Capacious 2000 mAh battery: — up to 5 hours of talk time; — up to 360 hours of standby time (2G); — up to 6 hours of work in the Internet (WiFi/3G). Bright LED flashlight Dimensions: 124x68x20 mm Weight: 210 g