Telstra Tough Max 2 review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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The Telstra Tough Max 2 isn't a particularly fast or high-end handset, but it is tough.

5 inches

Display size

720 x 1280px

32GB

Internal storage

16 MP

Rear camera

3,000 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Average vs similar phones

Details

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 5 inches
Resolution 720 x 1280
Pixels per inch (PPI) 294
Rear camera megapixels 16MP
Rear camera aperture size N/A
Video recording N/A
Front camera megapixels N/A
Front camera aperture size 8
Dimensions 146.4mm x 72mm x 11.9mm
Weight 153g
NFC No
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Network category speed N/A
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
RAM 3GB
Operating system Android 7
Internal storage

32GB

External storage support Up to 128GB
Battery capacity 3,000mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor No
Water resistance IP67
Wireless charging No
Launch price (RRP)$0
Launch date2018-02
Telstra Tough Max 2

The good

  • Rugged design is actually attractive
  • Wireless charging
  • IP67 rated for water resistance
  • Blue Tick compatible

The bad

  • Sluggish app performance
  • Ordinary camera

Australians are, sadly, very good at destroying smartphones. How good? finder's own research indicates that around 2.5 million smartphones have met an untimely end in Australia over the last five years. That's a lot of broken glass, flushed smartphones and shattered silicon to contend with, and it's fair to assume that most of those 2.5 million handsets were inadvertently destroyed, rather than deliberately crushed.

Despite this, there are relatively few smartphones that sell themselves as being hardened for Australian usage conditions. Telstra has notably offered a range of "Tough" smartphones over the years, including the original Telstra Tough range, the Telstra Tough Max and now the Telstra Tough Max 2.

Design

  • Rubberised back for extra grip
  • IP67 water resistance
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Camera

  • 16MP rear camera
  • 8MP selfie camera
  • Capable of decent if unremarkable photos
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Performance

  • Middle-of-the-road performance
  • Blue Tick rated
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Battery life

  • 3,000mAh battery
  • Capable of all-day battery life
  • Supports Qi wireless charging
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Verdict

  • Great for tradies and folks who lead rough-and-tumble lives
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Pricing and availability

The Telstra Tough Max 2 is available exclusively on contract through Telstra.

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Telstra Tough Max 2 specs

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 5 inches
Resolution 720 x 1280
Pixels per inch (PPI) 294
Rear camera megapixels 16MP
Rear camera aperture size N/A
Video recording N/A
Front camera megapixels N/A
Front camera aperture size 8
Dimensions 146.4mm x 72mm x 11.9mm
Weight 153g
NFC No
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Network category speed N/A
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
RAM 3GB
Operating system Android 7
Internal storage

32GB

External storage support Up to 128GB
Battery capacity 3,000mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor No
Water resistance IP67
Wireless charging No

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2 Comments

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    dennis
    March 11, 2018

    what phone gets the best reception in regional areas.

    • AvatarStaff
      May
      March 21, 2018

      Hi Dennis,

      Thanks for your question.

      In Australia, telco companies are largely using 3G networks to serve voice calls, but they are also starting rolling out 4G LTE voice services to be able to give better reception even in regional areas. Whilst we can’t really tell which telco has better signal in regional areas, you can check this article out that discusses what does each network offer.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      May

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