Sunday, August 29, 2010

Testing two of the latest satphones

Testing ThurayaXT and Iridium 9555 satellite handsets for usability, connectivity and coverage:

Thuraya XT and Iridium 9555 Satellite Phones as reviewed by Channel Five's The Gadget Show


Channel Five’s The Gadget Show has reviewed a Thuraya XT satellite phone provided by GTC in the deserts of Abu Dhabi. They also reviewed the Iridium 9555 to assess how satellite phones can be useful in remote locations.

The Thuraya XT is Thuraya’s newest phone and boasts the longest battery life of any satellite phone on the market. It has also undergone testing to prove it’s title as the toughest satellite phone making it perfect for users who need to communicate in the harshest environments.

The Iridium 9555 is latest satellite phone in the Iridium range – the only satellite network to offer global coverage. This sat phone can provide a global connection to voice, fax, data and SMS services providing a variety of communication methods in remote areas and is water, shock and dust resistant.

Here is the Gadget Show’s verdict:

Channel Five’s The Gadget Show reviewed the Iridium 9555 and a Thuraya XT satellite phone provided by Global Telesat Communications based on the following criteria:

1. How quickly the phone got a satellite signal
2. How quickly the phone made a call
3. Features
4. Battery Life
5. Global Coverage

It was a close call but the Iridium 9555 was the overall winner with the Thuraya XT winning both the features and battery life categories.

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