As soon as Land Rover announced the all-new Defender, here at TG we bet our houses on it coming with some pretty gnarly off-road accessories to help invoke the adventurous spirit of its forefather. We now own many more houses.
Still, one optional extra we didn’t bank on being available was this – the Land Rover Explore R smartphone. Of course, you don’t actually need to buy a Defender to grab the phone, but Land Rover and its partner Bullitt Group claim that its design is inspired by the reborn 4×4.
It’s supposed to be just as rugged too and has apparently been drop-tested from 1.8 metres onto steel. It runs on the Android operating system, has a Gorilla glass screen that works with gloves and is also fully waterproof at depths of up to 1.5 metres for 35 minutes. Perfect for when you drop the thing into a muddy green lane puddle. It also has a battery life of a day and a half.
There are a few features that we don’t fully understand but should probably tell you about – including the Night Mode that uses a red filter to reduce screen glare, the premium grade off-road topographical mapping and the 4GB of RAM and 64GB of ROM.
It’s apparently available to order now and costs £399. What do we think? Worth ditching the iPhone for?