Raptor R5 – A first look

So to conclude our look at the Raptor range of devices we’re taking a first look at the R5.  The R5 brings so much to the table it’s got us all really excited here at RAM.

Spec

Not only is it the first 5″ screen Rugged smartphone we’ve seen here, that’s actually working and ready to go, not still being developed!! but it also has an awesome spec.

If the quad core 1.5GHz CPU, 2GB RAM and 32GB on board storage ROM weren’t enough for you then perhaps the 13MP camera, 5″ full 1920 x 1080p HD screen and 4200mAh battery should hopefully rattle your cage a bit.

To put this into perspective, the Pidion BM180 which is still yet to be launched, will have only a dual core CPU, 1GB RAM, 8GB ROM, 8MP camera and 1280 x 720 5″ screen with paltry 3000 mAh battery, so this is going to be a significant device that should mix the market up a little bit and we love kit like that here!  Oh by the way 3G versions of the BM180 won’t be here realistically until late 2014/2015.

The R5 is going to be an awesome device, right up there with current smartphone specs and I can’t wait to give it a full test.

In the hand

So the first thing that strikes you is the size of the R5.  The screen is simply awesome.  It’s big, brash and beautiful, bright and I could easily use it outdoors in direct sunlight.  if anything it’s a little deep, but to house such a big battery the device needs to put it somewhere but in the hand and using the hand strap it felt pretty easy to use and a lot lighter and smaller than a 7″ tablet.  The R5 really does fill a gap in the market with the 5″ screen and it won’t look stupid stuck to your ear taking calls either.

I like to see a dedicated camera button on rugged devices because it can be a pain to use the screen with gloves on, there are also power, volume, SOS and 2 other buttons on the device.

The R5 feels and looks a lot like it’s smaller brother device the R4.  In fact it shares the battery with it and design cues.  I like the rounded off corners and rubber detailing.

Ruggedness

IP67 means the device is dust proof and submersible in water if you want to do that!, a drop spec of 1.5M means it’s droppable and fully rugged and there are some nice design features like recessed screen which will stop you scratching your screen when you put it down and also the rubber edging provides some cushioning from falls as well as making for a grippy device.

This is a very rugged device and will be able to take some abuse.

What we rate

There’s just so much to rate!

  • Beautiful full HD 5″ screen
  • Big 4200mAh battery
  • quad core 1.5GHz CPU
  • 2GB RAm, 32GB onboard storage expandable to 64GB with microSD card.
  • 13MP camera
  • 3G/phone as standard
  • Its super rugged

What’s 2000 and late!

  • The size won’t be to everyone’s taste, this is definitely a rugged smartphone.

Price and availability

Pricing is yet to be set 100%, that I’m told will be done next week though but expect 1 full featured device with 1 price that won’t be  £600.  If that’s right then this is going to be such great value for money it’s unreal!  The device is taking orders now and should be available next week.  We belive this will make the Raptor R5 the first fully available 5″ rugged smartphone.

Just pop us an email if you want to know more.

www.ruggedandmobile.com

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Dave's one of the founders of Raptor, his rants are memorable, his thoughts are stimulating and his heart is set on helping, entertaining and making things like mobile, Android, ruggedness, 3D printing and IOT simple.

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