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Land Rover Explore R 5.65" 64GB 4G Dual SIM Unlocked & SIM Free Smartphone

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Jaguar Land Rover Limited: Registered office: Abbey Road, Whitley, Coventry CV3 4LF. Registered in England No: 1672070 Yep, the company recently announced the Land Rover Explore R, a device that only makes sense if your business plan is to sell it to people who know nothing about smartphones. Which, to be honest, is probably written on a chalkboard somewhere in Jaguar Land Rover HQ. However, we're convinced that it’s styled to appeal as much to the faux-outdoor lifestyle of the average 4x4 owner as it is to hikers, climbers, cyclists and kayakers.

Another highlight of the ViewRanger app is Skyline, an augmented reality feature that allows you to identify the names of mountain peaks just by pointing the phone’s camera at the panorama before you. Figures are shown as a range under WLTP testing measures. The lowest figures refer to the most economical/lightest set of options. The highest figures refer to the least economical/heaviest set of options. Sinclair Land Rover, Swansea is a trading style of Sinclair Garages Limited who is acting as a credit broker and not a lender. However, we loved its ambient light sensor, and particularly the red light filter, which stops the user from being blinded at night by the screen's white light, preserving night vision. That’s a feature that all smartphones should always have.Although the modified Android OS is outdoorsy to the core, too many of the key data metrics gathered become unavailable when the phone goes truly off-grid. Critical information like sunrise and sunset times only remain when the phone is refreshing on a data connection; go off grid – which is surely what this phone is for – and key data disappears. That’s not to say the Explore is not fit for use by adventurers; it definitely is, and besides, there’s little competition in its niche. WLTP is the new official EU test used to calculate standardised fuel consumption and CO 2 figures for passenger cars. It measures fuel, energy consumption, range and emissions. This is designed to provide figures closer to real-world driving behaviour. It tests vehicles with optional equipment and with a more demanding test procedure and driving profile. The 'Explore' mobile, inspired by Land Rover’s rugged ‘go anywhere’ 4x4s for those with an adventurous spirit, is capable of operating and navigating in extreme conditions for two full days with the screen on constantly. However, despite the Explore’s ‘Land Rover DNA’ being of little interest to true outdoor types, this phone - with its cute car-inspired design motifs - has fans of the luxury car brand firmly in its sights. So the Explore will likely be welcomed just as much by posers as by pioneers.

However, where Land Rover’s phone stumbles is performance. Its mediocre Mediatek chip leads to underwhelming processing power, and when it comes to camera performance, the Explore comes up short compared to most other handsets at its price. With its outdoor credentials mostly reliable, there’s room for the Land Rover Explore’s true outdoor usefulness to shine, and that means its outdoorsy dashboard. We realize the Explore is all about being location-specific, but it would be more useful if data like weather and sunset/sunrise times were retained from the last known location (most likely your home, or a Wi-Fi-equipped hotel lobby from where you left for the wilderness the previous day).

Google apps like Chrome, Gmail and Play Store are preinstalled. There’s also an app called Explore Hub with links to a wide range of potentially useful outdoor apps.

Callum is the Managing Editor of TNW. He covers the full spectrum of technology, looks after editorial newsletters, and makes the occasionalIt claims to be readable in bright sunlight, and it can be used with wet fingers, and also by gloved fingers, which is all critical for using the Land Rover Explore outdoors as a navigation aid.

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