ISPO Open Innovation: New outdoor smartphone Land Rover Explore

Test now: Maybe best outdoor phone on the market

ISPO Open Innovations is searching for testers for Land Rover Explore: The Outdoor Phone. Anyone who wants a phone specially developed for outdoor fans can apply. The Explore smartphone is Android-based, and is designed for people who live for adventure and need a phone that can survive whatever it’s put through, even be used in the most extreme of weather conditions.

The Land Rover Explore is suitable for any outdoor application and provides accurate GPS data even off the beaten track.
The Land Rover Explore is suitable for any outdoor environment, has great battery life, is waterproof and drop proof and provides accurate GPS data and premium mapping.

If you are a fan of the outdoors, you probably take various devices  – from your cell phone to a GPS device, camera, etc – along with you. “We’ve been in talks with people from the outdoor community for years,” says Charlie Henderson, Chief Brand Officer of the Bullitt Group, which developed the Land Rover Explore.

Many outdoor fans – whether mountain bikers, hikers, mountain climbers, or ski tourers – kept asking for a device that combined all technical requirements in one, that was built for the outdoors, but was sleek enough to be an everyday phone as well.

Outdoor cell phone: Comparison with a normal smartphone

“We designed the Land Rover Explore as an outdoor smartphone from the very beginning,” says Henderson. Compared to a normal smartphone, for example, it has a screen that can be operated even in pouring rain or with gloves, is waterproof, drop proof and a high-performance battery.

To make sure the outdoor phone really met the various requirements “in outdoor use,” it was subjected to constant testing even during development: “Our team is made up of so many people who live this outdoor lifestyle, from trail runners to cyclists, even absolute snow sports fans. They’re outside whenever they can be,” the Chief Brand Officer says.

Chosen testers will receive the Land Rover Explore with an extra battery pack, additional protective case and carabiners
Also Testers get the Land Rover Explore with additional battery pack, protective cover and carabiner.

Testing the Land Rover Explore: Smartphone for outdoor fans

Together with ISPO Open Innovation, they’re now looking for additional testers, and the best ten testers will be able to keep the phone after the program closes.  Henderson: “We’re happy to hear from everyone who can put the Land Rover Explore through its paces under real conditions.” Anyone who has fun being outdoors and is interested in the right outdoor phone may apply.

The outdoor focus in both the hardware and software of the Land Rover Explore. An overview here:

Overview of the Land Rover Explore hardware

  • Waterproof and drop tested for any outdoor environment
  • Tested in extreme temperatures
  • Screen can be operated when wearing gloves, and is easy to read even in direct sunlight
  • Long battery life to keep you on the trails,
  • The Land Rover Explore launches with the Adventure Pack, bringing GPS handheld capabilities to the smartphone straight out of the box
  • Night vision mode: Red screen light helps to view the surroundings and the display simultaneously.
  • Additional bike pack to mount the phone to your handlebar or stem


    Software: Apps, dashboard, and map material

    • Dashboard: A kind of digital info panel with personalized data. For example, weather in various locations, snow depth, zero degree limit, tides, water temperature, wind strength, last snowfall, etc.
    • The Explore Hub presorts apps for outdoor fans and always suggests new apps
    • ViewRanger app offers access to detailed topographical map material with additional augmented reality view
    • All regular functions of an Android phone

    Price of the outdoor cell phone without contract

    Henderson explains that the aim of the development was also to make the phone work in everyday life and fun to use. That is why importance was placed on an elegant design. Two SIM cards can be installed at the same time. That way, for example, the smartphone can be used in the US and in Europe without having to switch out your SIM card. The Land Rover Explore costs 649 euros and is available without a contract.

    The Land Rover Explore is not only designed to appeal to outdoor professionals, however, but also to anyone who likes to go outdoors, because the outdoor smartphone “can provide security,” says the Chief Brand Officer. For example, the weather in the Alps or Great Britain sometimes changes within minutes, and the Land Rover Explore can be an enormous help finding your way around.

    Via the Open Innovation Project by ISPO, the Land Rover Explore is available to test for free for four weeks. The ten most active testers are allowed to keep the phone. Logo
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