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Are you looking for a highly ruggedized QWERTY keyboard phone in a candybar form factor that runs a version of Android which was released almost two years ago? Of course you are! And that's exactly why A&T and NEC have announced the Terrain, so that when you get fed up with Android 4.0, you can throw it at a wall with complete and utter confidence. And type frustrated emails really, really quickly.

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The Terrain packs a 3.1" 'high-resolution' display. What exactly constitutes high resolution, I'm not sure. Luckily, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor does mean this phone probably won't run outright badly, and AT&T LTE - where available - should keep the network experience speedy. Don't expect much in the way of photo performance, though: the Terrain manages a measly 5MP rear sensor, and a 0.3MP front shooter suitable only for video calls of 2007 quality.

8GB of internal memory and AT&T's Enhanced Push To Talk functionality round out the specifications, but the Terrain's real selling point is its ruggedness. The Terrain is waterproof to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes assuming all ports are closed (IP67), and dustproof, rainproof, shockproof, and pressure, humidity, and extreme temperature resistant to US Mil-STD 810G specifications... whatever those are.

The Terrain will go on sale at this URL on June 21st for $99 on contract.

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David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Joshua P Nixon

    does anyone else notice how freakishly small the on screen buttons are compared to the AT&T logo?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Oh god I didn't even notice the software nav buttons. On a phone that already has a physical keyboard anyway? Wat.

    • http://850mhz.tumblr.com/ Jordan Brown

      Yes. This phone was obviously repurposed by at&t. With a screen that small they should have just left capacitive keys instead of the huge bottom bezel with logo. Reminds me of atrix hd.

  • dj moley

    Please NO NOT NEC

  • bse88

    Oh the humanity!

  • nsnsmj

    That looks ridiculous with those small software buttons. They should have just moved the at&t logo to the top left (or moved it to the back), and put some capacitive buttons below the display.

  • TylerChappell

    WTF kind of device is this!? I feel sorry for anyone who makes the mistake of plunking down some cash on this cheap Blackberry of old wannabe. This is the only negative thing about Android being so open, is you get POS devices like this that don't belong anywhere other than on a K-Mart or Big Lots shelf.

  • GigiAUT

    I swear my first thought was on the Nokia 6681/6680. That side shot just reminds me of it. This is like a modernised/black version. All that's missing is the sliding cover on the camera.

  • Geoff Johnson

    Can someone say S4 Active killer? haha

  • Guest

    Too bad it's rugged, I can't kill it with fire...

  • Joseph Pojunis

    This would have DOMINATED the market in 2006.

  • James

    Definitely a Nexus 4 killer.. lol

  • Freak4Dell

    Ugh...would have been interested but the 2 year old OS and the small software buttons kill it. The OS isn't all that bad, but if they're releasing it with ICS, I know they won't update it, and ROM developers aren't going to be picking this up.

  • Paul

    I have a client with a Blackberry 9900. He hates iOS but needs a keyboard. He's considering upgrading to the Blackberry X10 which is slick, but it's still blackberry. He'd consider Android only if it had a keyboard, he likes one handed typing and he likes physical keyboards. He's also a very simple person, nothing fancy, sticks to emails, contacts and calendar mostly. Blackberry is sort of perfect for him but Blackberry's going down and his own domain is Google Apps enterprise enabled, so google integration is assured with an Android device. I wonder if this phone would be ok. He doesn't need fancy, Android 4.0 is fine, the S4 is a good processor, and the keyboard looks decent. The screen is bigger than on the Blackberry 9900 also.