Smartphones have come a long way since they were first introduced into the market over a year ago, and although most modern smartphones consist of the same specs, there are some variations that are aimed at different styles of life.
For those that find that they often break smartphones made out of glass or brittle plastic, there are some rugged options that provide a quality experience without the worry of having the smartphone break down.
These are rugged phones, and they are designed for those that tend to have demanding, physical jobs or lifestyles, and to work through all environmental conditions.
These are phones that have been tested rigorously against shock, dust, water, extreme temperature, and vibration.
1. Sonim XP7
While many might know the name, Sonim have been a serious contender in the rugged smartphone market for some time now, and currently hold the Guinness World Record for the highest mobile phone drop of 25 meters, using their XP3300 Force.
Their phones are a combination of rugged and powerful, and tend to be a favourite for professionals. Their latest flagship, the XP7, is the toughest yet, and features MIL-STD-810G ruggedness, making it a great choice for those that work in harsh outdoor environments or industrial workplaces.
2. CAT S41
CAT is a well-known name in the world of rugged smartphones, and often the first choice for anyone looking for something a bit tougher than the average Samsung or Apple. And while they’ve released a number of brilliant phones, their S41 is by far the most advanced, boasting significant upgrades over previous iterations.
Featuring a 5 inch, full HD screen with Gorilla Glass 5 – perfect for high definition video and gaming, such as the bingo Canada has to offer– along with a P20 octacore 2.3GHz CPU running Android 7.0.
The phone is waterproof up to 2 meters for one hour, as well as drop-proof up to 1.8 meters. It’s compliant with MIL SPEC 810G standards, and is resistant to thermal shock as well as salt mist.
3. Ulefone Armor 3
This 5.7 inch, Android 8.1 phone comes complete with a powerful 2.6GHz Helop P23 CPU, as well as 4GB or RAM. It has an IP68 rating, and can withstand being submersed in up to two meters of water for a total of two hours.
It’s resistant to vibrations, dust, sand, and dirt, and both its front and rear cameras are able to operate underwater thanks to its waterproof shutter button.
4. DOOGEE S60
DOOGEE is a Chinese manufacturer, similar to Ulefone, and boasts some of the toughest specs on the market. One of the more affordable phones available, the S60 still comes packed with features, such as a 5.2 inch FHD display behind Gorilla Glass 5, as well as a Helio P25 CPU.
The phone has 5GB or Ram and 64GB of internal storage, and runs Android 7.0. Its 5580mAH batter means that it should last for a few days before requiring a charge, which can be done wirelessly, one feature that many other rugged smartphones lack.