• Land Rover Explore with Free Adventure Pack due April 26th

    By Josh Bethell , March 1, 2018 - Leave a comment

    The ultra-rugged smartphone sector is about to get a new entrant. Manufactured by Bullit Group – responsible for the popular Cat phones – the Land Rover Explore is another solidly-designed branded handset with a difference.

    The Land Rover Explore will be available SIM Free from Clove Technology for £599 (£499.17 ex-VAT). Stock is due by April 26th and early orders will receive a FREE Adventure Pack.

    Land Rover Explore | SIM Free | Clove UK

    Land Rover Explore Banner Clove UKFirst things first; the Land Rover Explore definitely looks the part. Bullit has spent the past couple of years refining the design of their rugged phones and it’s paid off. The most recent models all deftly balance the construction of a solid handset with a design that, whilst large and in charge, still looks fairly sleek and not totally out of place in today’s modern smartphone landscape.

    The handset itself is built with a strengthened die-cast aluminium frame that is reinforced at the corners and edges. It’s fairly thick which not only houses a hefty 4,000 mAh cell but also allows the phone to take a few knocks without potentially damaging the internals. The final construction is both IP68 dust/water-resistant and MIL-SPEC 810G certified.

    Detailed Ordnance Survey Maps

    What sets the Land Rover Explore apart from other rugged phones isn’t just the design and specifications. Bullit has already proven they can build well-specced, reliable devices under the Cat brand.

    Instead, where Cat phones have been marketed to tradespeople, with the Land Rover, the target market is outdoor explorers, adventurers, hikers, and the like.

    Pre-installed on the phone are maps from ViewRanger, all Ordnance Survey grade with topographical information and up to 15 levels of zoom. Normally ViewRanger charges quite a sum for access to these.

    ViewRanger’s mapping software works with the handset’s GPS to determine your location and allow you to set waypoints and routes. You can also scan the horizon with the phone’s camera to tag landmarks with an on-screen AR style overlay.

    Land Rover Explore Logo

    Enhanced GPS with the Adventure Pack

    The second unique part of the Explore is a rear panel that allows for the addition of modular ‘Packs’. If you’ve ever seen the Moto Mods for Moto Z smartphones, then Land Rover’s approach is much the same.

    Pogo pin contacts are found on the back panel where the packs can lock in to place. At launch time there will be a couple of packs available: Adventure Pack, Bike Pack and Battery Pack. The Battery Pack is simply an additional 4,370 mAh cell and the Bike Pack features a sturdy clip for attaching to a handlebar or stem.

    What we’re most interested in though is the Adventure Pack. First orders of the Explore will include this for free. Firstly it houses an additional 3,600 mAh cell. Secondly, there is a 25mm ceramic GPS antenna patch. When the Adventure Pack is attached, the phone’s internal GPS antenna will be switched off so this can take over. The additional sensitivity should provide you with better signal strength even in remote areas, as well as much finer resolution.  Oh and there’s a Land Rover branded carabiner in the box too.

    Elsewhere Bullit has pre-installed additional applications for hiking enthusiasts including a useful customisable dashboard utility with compass, weather and other information.

    Land Rover Explore | SIM Free | Clove UK

    The Land Rover Explore will be available SIM Free from Clove Technology for £599 (£499.17 ex-VAT). Stock is due by April 26th and early orders will receive a FREE Adventure Pack.

    Land Rover Explore Key Features

    • Android 7.1 Nougat with scheduled 8.0 Oreo update
    • 5″ Full HD toughened IPS LCD display & Corning Gorilla Glass 5
    • ViewRanger topographical mapping solution pre-installed
    • Additional hiking & utility apps pre-installed
    • MediaTek Helio X27 processor & 4GB RAM
    • 16MP rear camera / 8MP selfie camera
    • 64GB storage / micro SD support
    • Compatible with additional Land Rover accessory packs
    • 4,000 mAh battery / GPS / Wi-Fi / Bluetooth / DUAL SIM

    Land Rover Explore SIM Free Clove UK

    Josh Bethell

    Josh joined Clove part time a few years ago whilst studying Computing at Bournemouth University. Since finishing his studies he has remained at Clove in a full time position, involved in sales, returns and social media. Involved with both consumer electronics and software since the mid 2000s, keeping up to date with industry developments is as much a hobby as it is a job. Easy going but never afraid to share an opinion, Josh can often be found in his spare time listening to some heavy rock or at a local gig as well as playing with the latest gadgets and video games.

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