Every time your phone falls to the ground, surely there is a brief moment in which fear envelops you just before lifting it to check if the screen crashes or if the phone has any cracks. Many have no choice but to get used to that sensation, because we all know that the most modern and elegant smartphones have a problem with fragility. And considering its price, that is also a serious problem for your pocket. Some companies are aware of this and have spent years trying to create the toughest smartphones on the market that can face almost any accident.
Also, if you work outdoors, do a lot of sports, or are just a little clumsy with your hands, you should consider investing in a case that can withstand the inclemency of the law of gravity. Some offer protection against falls; others are weather resistant, and some are both, which makes them authentic off-road covers. If you really want to keep your phone safe in any situation, you will need one of these.
But the truth is that a cover and some water resistance are not enough for those who work in more intense work, such as construction or engineering, or who like to enjoy serious outdoor adventures and need something that can survive the rain, snow, dust, extreme temperatures, and occasional falls on hard surfaces.Therefore, we have toured the internet to find everything from a phone developed by a construction company to a folding phone that can compete with the best of them, and we will gradually add them to our list of some of the more resistant smartphones From the market.
Who better to give us a rugged phone, than a company known for manufacturing construction vehicles and other heavy machinery? The Cat S61 is the last of a series of resistant Cat phones, and as you might expect, it comes with the latest tools to make life easier for anyone who needs a reliable phone for the toughest working conditions.This phone is really tough. It is made of a combination of thick aluminum and black plastic, which gives it a wide variety of strength and makes it extremely durable. It is rated IP68 and IP69K, so it can survive being immersed in water for an hour, it is resistant even to high pressure water jets, and can withstand drops of up to 1.8 meters on a cement surface. The 5.2-inch screen shows a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, and can be used with wet fingers and gloves on, although it also has navigation keys below the screen, just in case.The phone's performance is average and it comes with 64 GB of storage, but what really positions the Cat S61 is the huge variety of tools that you won't find anywhere else. The integrated Flir camera gives the phone a thermal vision that reminds us of the Predator movie, useful for finding hot water pipes, swollen internal areas, or people hiding in the bushes. It also has a built-in laser measurement tool that helps with quick distance measurements, and a quality sensor that allows users to know when the air quality in the surrounding space has fallen to dangerous levels. To complement all this there is a 4,500mAh battery that has the potential to last two days.It is unlikely that all these tools are useful for most people, but they should be invaluable for anyone who requires them in a job or activity. However, the Cat S61 has a price that fits its range of tools, and will cost you $ 1,000. Still, this should be your choice if you want an exceptionally rugged phone with some tools out of the ordinary.
If the Cat S61 is the rugged phone for contractors and other similar professions, the Land Rover Explore is the best rugged phone for lovers of adventure and outdoor activities. It is robust, comes with a water resistance with IP68 rating, a durable construction, the protection of Gorilla Glass 5, and a 5-inch screen protector. The screen shows a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels with mid-range specifications and Android 7.0 Nougat, although it is on its way to receiving an Android 8.0 Oreo update.The true charm of the Land Rover Explore is in the details. Although it has a 4,000 mAh battery, which is already high, the Explore comes with modular options that include the Adventure Pack, an additional battery pack that adds another 3,600mAh, and a Ceramic Patch GPS antenna. That additional antenna increases the phone's GPS capabilities, making sure you always know where you are, even in the most difficult or remote areas. The additional power of the GPS consumes more power but the additional battery is sufficient, and we saw that the Land Rover Explore still lasts a day despite a constant GPS connection and almost constant screen usage.The ViewRanger application also includes additional tools for hiking and cycling, showing a compass, barometric data, distance traveled and other details depending on your activity. The Land Rover Explore is designed so that people who love that type of action go into the desert, mountains or almost any area, and want their phone to be a large part of their adventures. It is tough, reliable and extremely suitable for outdoor life. Unfortunately, it is currently only available in the United Kingdom, but can be imported into the United States. In addition, it also has a high price, with a cost of $ 840 for the phone and the Adventure Pack adventure package. However, those who have a life dedicated to enjoying outdoor activities and adventures, there is no better option than the Land Rover Explore phone.
In addition to the S61, the Cat S48c is another of the manufacturer's phones that is capable of withstanding difficult environments and falls. Best of all, its price is less than $ 500 dollars, which is perfect if you invest $ 700 dollars (which is what the S61 costs) is too much.
Although the Cat S48c does not have some of the most extravagant elements of the S61, it does offer the same protective qualities as its predecessor. It is a phone with a resistant rubber body and a considerable weight of only 248 grams.
Protective fins cover each port and raised edges protect the screen from surfaces. An IP68 rating means that it can cope with water droplets, and the MIL-SPEC 810G certification and Div1 Div2 Non-Divisive Class means that the S48c can withstand some drops in concrete and withstand extreme temperature changes.
It also has a customizable PTT (Push-To-Talk) button on the side, a 5-inch IPS LCD screen protected by Gorilla Glass 5 that can be used with wet fingers or gloves, and physical buttons on the bottom.
But of course, it is not perfect. Its great weakness can be perceived in the internal hardware, since although the Snapdragon 630 is more than adequate for most daily tasks, it will be difficult to keep up with other phones in this price range.
However, we had no problems while using and even running Asphalt 9 quite well. Any problem you have will probably be compensated for by the huge 4,000 mAh battery that lasted at least two days during our tests. The camera is, as expected, somewhat disappointing. But take pictures good enough with intense light, and also take pictures underwater.
The Cat S48c is available on Sprint for only $ 480 dollars (plus taxes), or $ 20 dollars per month for 18 months in the Sprint Flex Lease option. The Cat S48c is also available at Verizon for $ 499 dollars.
Small and solid, the Unihertz Atom is a very useful little titn. It is a small phone, with a screen of just 2.4 inches, in comparison, the iPhone X has a screen of 5.8 inches, and the body is not much larger.
It has thick bezels that surround the screen, and you will find a resistant TPU-style material that covers the body of the phone, some red accents for an additional style and complete IP68 waterproofing. It is certainly not elegant, but it looks and feels very resistant.
Despite the small size, it spares no power. Inside it has an eight-core processor, along with 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage and Android 8.1 Oreo. It was powerful in our review, standing firm against some of the best mid-range phones in the world right now, such as the Moto G6. It also comes with a ton of updates, such as a fingerprint scanner, facial recognition and support for NFC card payments.
But, as we expected, it is not perfect: the camera is not reliable and the small screen makes writing a nightmare, but thanks to the modest specifications, the battery lasts a lifetime and you can use it for days without downloading. With strong waterproofing, a durable body and a lot of resistance, Unihertz Atom is designed to survive in construction sites, long walks and bike rides.
After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the Unihertz Atom is now available on the Unihertz website for $ 260 dollars and on Amazon.
The little-known brand Doogee has produced a considerable amount of resistant smartphones over the years, which has allowed it to have all the experience to make it better and better.
Our favorite phone of this manufacturer in the Doogee S90, not only because it is resistant and capable, but also has some Magnetic Moto Mod modules that make it very original.
Although this device is extremely heavy with 300 grams, the titanium alloy construction, backed with a rubber body, provides great protection that is worth considering.
In addition, it has IP68 and IP69K water resistance, it has protective port covers and the large 6.18-inch LCD screen has a resolution of 2246 x 1080 pixels.
The performance is solid, since it uses the Mediatek Helio P60 processor. Although you won't be able to play the newest titles, at least in our tests, Alto Odyssey worked without problems. It also has a fairly large battery of 5,050 mAh, which provides several days of duration with a single charge.
But the great essence of the phone is in the accessories such as the gamepad, the night vision camera, the walkie talkie module and the one that surely everyone will want: the battery module. By adding 5,000 mAh of additional energy, this module basically doubles the useful life of the phone battery. We consider that you can easily use this phone for more than a weekend with a single charge and it will probably be fine, can you imagine?
The Doogee S90 is available for $ 279 dollars on the Doogee website.
$ 280 in Doogee
LG X Venture
It can be difficult to find a durable phone that does not take all your savings, but the truth is that the LG X Venture is one of the few resistant phones you can buy for very little.
This LG device is rugged thanks to an easy-to-grip textured backrest that doesn't unexpectedly escape your hand. In addition, it comes with an IP68 rating of water and dust resistance, as well as military grade shock resistance (MIL-STD810G).
However, it is important that you are aware that it is not the most powerful phone in this line, since you will surely find some problems related to speed and applications that take longer to load than usual, probably because it still works with Android 7.0 Nougat , which is already somewhat outdated.
The LH X Venture comes with a capable camera that provides good performance in our tests and a huge 4,100 mAh battery that should keep your phone running for a long time, which is quite useful if you are away from the charger for a while.
It is not the most powerful phone on this list, but it is packed with useful features, including the physical QuickButton on the side and a switchable glove mode. It is definitely a durable phone that does not disrupt your savings.
Although it is assumed that in this list we only add resistant smart phones, the truth is that the Kyocera DuraXE is not a smartphone at all, since it does not have Android and the patented operating system is not even touch. But despite that, this is still a very well protected small phone that is perfect for you, if you only need something small but resistant that keeps you in touch with your loved ones.
It is classified in IP68 for resistance to water and dust, and fall protection has been tested to the military standard 810G. It even has a programmable side key to facilitate access to the required applications.
This means that you don't play Angry Birds or take amazing photos with your 5 megapixel camera, but at least with your 1,500 mAh battery, Kyocera claims that this phone will resist up to 16 days without charging. Without a doubt, this phone is ideal for long trips or when you do not have electric power.
It is only available at AT&T, but Kyocera has a long list of phones for other operators.
* Updated by Mara Teresa Lopes on February 27, 2020.