Smartphones are all the rage nowadays. They can take photos, run apps, give directions, and much more that was once impossible to do a cell phone. But the smarter and more powerful smartphones get, the more fragile they become, it seems. For example, here's what happens when a top-of-the-line smartphone meets concrete
with the aid of gravity (spoiler: it isn't pretty).
These smartphones, however, are a bit different. They aren't going to wow you with their hardware specs and they're definitely not going to win any beauty awards with their designs. But they will outlive the average smartphone thanks to their rugged construction. They can withstand water and dust damage, drops onto hard surfaces, extreme temperatures, and all kinds of torture tests we can think of. Interested? Then here's a rundown of the most durable smartphones money can buy today.
Toughest rugged smartphones ever
Toughest rugged smartphones ever
1. Nautiz X1
Here's a phone that meets both the MILSTD-810G and the IP67 standards – the Nautiz X1. It is built to resist extreme temperatures, humitidy, vibrations, drops onto hard surfaces, and liquid damage. Plus, the handset's 4-inch, 480x800 pixel display is suitable for outdoor use. Android 4.0 or Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 can be pre-installed on the phone, depending on the buyer's needs.
2. CAT B15
Caterpillar is a brand usually associated with heavy machinery - dozers, asphalt pavers, excavators, stuff like that. However, the company offers mobile phones as well for those who need something tougher than a Christmas tree ornament. One of these rugged phones is the CAT B15 Android smartphone, which is strong enough to withstand 6 feet (1.8 meter) drops. It is also water-resistant and the screen can be operated when wet.Price: $349
3. JCB ToughPhone Pro-Smart
Similarly, JCB has its own range of super tough phones and the smartest among them is the ToughPhone Pro-Smart. It is shock resistant, water resistant, dust resistant, and IP67 certified, which makes it a phone well worthy of its name. Too bad that JCB's Android handset is seriously outdated when it comes to hardware and software specs. An 800MHz processor with 256MB of RAM are under its hood with Gingerbread running the show.
4. NEC Terrain
It is surely not the prettiest phone ever made, but it is tougher than anything else that AT&T has to offer. The NEC Terrain meets the MIL-STD-810G standards, which means that shock, liquids, dust, and extreme temperatures will have a hard time doing it any harm. You get dual front-facing speakers as well for loud and clear conversations in noisy environments. Specs aren't terribly bad either. The NEC Terrain packs a Snapdragon S4 chip, 1GB of RAM, and a 640x480 pixel display.
Price: $429.99, $49.99 with 2-year contract
5. CASIO G’zOne Commando 4G LTE
Here's what Verizon has to offer to all in need of a tough smartphone. The CASIO G’zOne Commando 4G LTE meets military standards for ruggedness so you know it will handle a lot more abuse than a smartphone should ever be subjected to. It can be operated through gloves and it comes with two very loud front-facing speakers for those times when you need to make a call in a noisy environment. At the same time, the G’zOne Commando offers 4G LTE connectivity for blazing-fast internet access.
Price: $399.99, $49.99 with 2-year contract
6. Kyocera Torque
Sprint has the Kyocera Torque – a rugged Android handset with IP67 and 810G certifications. As the previous offerings, the phone can withstand extreme heat and cold, shock, vibration, and drops onto hard surfaces. Of course, it is resistant to dust and water damage as well. Exellent sound quality is ensured by the breakthrough Smart Sonic Receiver, which delivers sound waves from the phone's surface to the user's eardrum. Specs include a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, 4-inch IPS display, 5MP camera, and 4G LTE.
Price: $349.99, $49.99 with 2-year contract
7. Runbo X6
Yeah, we know that the brand name does not ring any bells, but a phone like this one does deserve to be present on our list. The Runbo X6 is tough enough to withstand serious drops and water damage, yet perfectly capable of functioning as a decent Android smartphone of an upper grade. It features a 5-inch screen, a quad-core MediaTek processor, a 12MP camera, and a humongous 4200mAh battery.
8. Tag Heuer Sub Nano
Tag Heuer, on the other hand, is likely a name you've heard before. The luxury brand has its own series of smartphones and the Sub Nano is their most rugged model yet. It comes with a liquid-repelling coating and a shock-resistant design. Specs include a 3.5-inch screen, a 1GHz processor, and a 5MP camera. Only 500 units will ever be produced.
9. Durrocomm Conquest
Here's another phone that doesn't mind getting wet or dirty. It is IP68 certified after all, so dust and water won't be able to break it easily. Also, the Durrocomm Conquest sports an internal silicon cushion between the inner and outer casings for extra durability. Its 4.5-inch screen responds to input even when wet.