Telstra’s Tough Max 2 is built to take knocks

Posted: 23 January 2018 11:33 am


Telstra's latest own-branded phone is one for the tradies, or just the terminally clumsy.

Australians love smartphones, but sadly our love is often a brutal affair, with tales of drowned, broken or smashed smartphones all too common. We love them, but we're all too easily guilty of destroying them accidentally along the way.

Finder's own research on broken phones suggests that 1 in 10 Australians have irrevocably broken a smartphone in the last five years, with one-quarter of millennials admitting they'd accidentally destroyed a phone in that timeframe.

It's into this market that Telstra's just launched its latest rugged handset, the Telstra Tough Max 2. As the name suggests, this isn't a phone built for delicate style, but instead for those who may regularly be in environments that aren't too friendly to a normal smartphone.

The Tough Max 2 is a ZTE-produced Android 7.0 ("Nougat") phone with a 5 inch, 1280x720 pixel display protected by Corning Gorilla glass. The included camera is a single lens 16MP rear and 8MP front with no included flash. Storage is limited to 32GB with 22GB user accessible, but it supports microSD expansion for extra space. In a nod to modern trends, it's also compatible with Qi wireless charging for its 3,000mAh battery.

However, that's really not the reason you'd buy the Telstra Tough Max 2, as it's a phone built for the tradie crowd, with IP67 rated water and dust resistance. It features physical front buttons, something of a rarity in the modern smartphone space, and Telstra has indicated that it also qualifies for its "Blue Tick" for superior regional coverage, having been through Telstra's secret handset testing labs.

The Telstra Tough Max 2 is available on Telstra mobile plans starting at $66 per month.

Telstra Tough Max 2 Specifications

Product Name
Telstra Tough Max 2
Display Size
5 inches.
1.4GHz Octa-Core
Operating System
Android N
Front camera
Rear camera
146.4 × 72 × 11.9 mm
153 grams

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