This guide will assist you in choosing the model on the market that has the features you need while remaining within your price range. You’ll undoubtedly benefit from the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your phone is tough enough to survive a fall or two, or perhaps even withstand being submerged underwater, whether you’re an adventurer and thrill-seeker who climbs mountains and camps out every week, or a trader who works in areas of construction and electricals.
1. Blackview 5900
A large battery capacity and a tough IP68 casing are features of the cost-effective Blackview 5900. With no compromise on durability and at an unbeatable price, this rugged smartphone is sleeker and slimmer than comparable models. It has lining made of rubber. The phone feels good in the hand and is well-made, despite its size.
2. Ulefone Armor X7
This attractive, tough smartphone is the epitome of value thanks to its remarkably long-lasting battery, ample storage, and decent camera. In contrast to other models, the body is smooth and flat without compromising necessary security features like shockproofing and waterproofing. It is slightly larger but still small.
3. Oukitel WP5
Despite the Oukitel WP5’s weight and size, you can drop it in water and subject it to rough handling without much concern. You can also take good pictures while submerged. In benchmark tests, the Oukitel WP5 performs admirably. The enormous battery capacity should allow for two or more days between recharges. Interestingly, only one of the phone’s three camera sensors is used to take pictures.
4. AGM Glory G1 Pro
This 5G phone is designed to withstand temperature extremes and provide updates; it has a superb 48MP thermal imaging camera(opens in new tab) with an unusually high resolution and frame rate (25fps), as well as the ability to withstand Arctic temperatures (we tested one(opens in new tab) in the freezer).
5. Doogee S98 Pro
The Doogee S98 Pro is the phone for you if you want to reduce your winter electric bill costs. It is nearly indestructible, has night vision and thermal imaging cameras to help you see in the dark, and a long battery life, so hopefully you won’t ever need to get it fixed.
6. Nokia XR20
The XR20 focuses on being a typical phone that just so happens to be incredibly durable; it isn’t made to look like a power tool and is even available in “Ultra Blue” and “Granite Grey.” The XR20 is a middle-of-the-road device in terms of specs, like most rugged phones, but you can drop it 1.8 metres (5 feet 10 inches) onto concrete without it breaking.
7. Cat S62 Pro
Many professionals depend on FLIR’s technology, and the Lepton 3.5 sensor’s (160 x 120) dimensions are helpful. It’s unfortunate that CAT doesn’t seem to be keeping up with flagship phones; Android 10 is now one year old, and the single rear camera—aside from the thermal camera—has a comparably meagre 12 megapixels.
8. Cat S42 H+
There is no disputing CAT’s standing in the industry, but as the pandemic’s end slips away from us like the horizon we’re chasing, the advantages of a phone with permanent anti-bacterial technology become more and more apparent. Every part of the phone is coated with Biomaster, an antimicrobial silver-ion technology that can prevent bacteria from multiplying and won’t be removed by bleach.
9. Motorola Defy
This phone has a thermoplastic frame that allows it to withstand significant abuse while maintaining a somewhat unique appearance. The display is shielded by the most recent Victus Gorilla Glass, which accounts for the higher drop test than others on the list. Although an update is promised, it is a little odd to see “Android 10” listed in the specs for such a new device, and the Snapdragon 622 chipset is unremarkable.
10. Samsung XCover PRO
The Samsung XCover PRO is rugged, yes, but it was also constructed with business use in mind, which includes a detachable 4050mAh battery (so you, or your staff, can go on indefinitely). The Gorilla Glass 5 screen manages to cover a good portion of the handset’s surface and the device achieves the level of slickness associated with Samsung despite having a built-in case. Changing batteries is accomplished by sliding down a back cover.