Alcatel's New $300 Phone Is Pretty Much Everything-Proof

Things no one tells you about parenthood #342: on at least one occasion, a drink bottle will leak in your child's backback, drowning the expensive phone you wish you hadn't bought them but they really really wanted and promised to look after.

Alcatel aims to help solve this problem, with the release of the Go Play -- it's sturdy, shockproof, dustproof and legitimately waterproof. You can actually shoot pictures and videos underwater -- well up to one metre, anyway.

Running on Android Lollipop 5.0, the Go Play features a 5-inch HD screen, eight megapixel rear camera, and a five megapixel front camera.

You also get 8GB internal ROM, 4GB end user memory and 32GB expandable Micro SD storage.

At it's core, this is a phone your child (or yourself -- even I'll admit to being a little clumsy) can drop and it's okay. The group, the beach, into the toilet. It's all good.

It's worth pointing out this isn't just a phone that's great for the tiny, destructive humans in your life. I'm imagining travel adventures, when you need something that will take what you can throw at it without the need for a bulky case.

In terms of battery capability, you get 20 days of standby time, 8.3 hours of talk time and 55 hours music playback.

With a choice of yellow/lime green, white/orange, red/black black/grey and orange/blue the colour schemes available aren't exactly sophisticated -- but are definitely keeping with the active vibe the handset has going on.

You can pick one up from major retailers from today for $299.

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