Another year of graduates from the gadget college of ruggedness have just flooded the market – there’s been Ricoh’s tough digicam, the indestructible Body Glove handsfree headset, and now Nokia’s new hardy mobile.
The 5550 Sport’s strangest feature is that it’s apparently made from the same materials as running trainers, although a stainless steel casing, rubber grips and a splash resistant shell should make it a little tougher than your average pair of Nike Airs.
Its ‘sports mode’ will also get nods of approval from the jogging fraternity – it features a pedometer to let you know how many miles you’ve covered or calories you’ve burnt, and even reads out your workout stats in mocking tones.
Those motivational tunes you need to spur you round another lap of the garden can be fed to the 5550 on a microSD card – a 1GB job will store about 750 tracks – and it also has ‘text-to-speech’ tech to read out your messages.
You’ll be able to get this tri-band hunk of rugged telephony in grey and yellow or black and grey hues between July and September this year. No UK price has been set yet, but it should cost in the region of £205.