Meet the toughest, most durable rugged smartphones money can buy

Meet the toughest, most durable rugged smartphones money can buy
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.

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22 Comments

1. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Their sensei was Nokia.

17. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

why isnt the "Runbo X6" in phone arenas phone data base?? i wana show that i want it.

2. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

Runbo X6... Sounds like they have a Rambo on their hands... Fully Equiped...

3. naveenstuns

Posts: 184; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

They are as good as Nokia 3310?

4. chunk1x

Posts: 248; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

Why there is no high end spec version of these babies? S4 active and Z1 are bunch of pussies when compare to these.

7. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Why would anyone buy a bulky daddy doodee ugly rugged phone with high end specs? These rugged phones are for those who has a tough job like construction worker that will accidentally drop their phone.

8. chunk1x

Posts: 248; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

Mountain biker.

9. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

i would if it had a slightly smaller screen, say 4 inches, and to protect, a halh inch all around to protect it from whatever comes its way. like i wana be able to KNOW my phone wont Break u know? thats y i mite get that Runbo X6, its got great specs n i hope its rugged enough. but these tough phone need to be done correctly, with better specs n MORE toughness. like a 2 story drop survival. i know they can figure it out lol

11. chunk1x

Posts: 248; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

CASIO G’zOne Commando body with Galaxy Note 3 guts would be perfect.

12. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

perfectly on the right track at least!!! i dont think that beas would survive a 2 story drop test. it mite need a Flexible screen made of plastic instead of glass.

13. chunk1x

Posts: 248; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

I agree. A floating circuit board just like the Casio G Shock will survive that kind of a fall or even more. Liquipel both the inside and the outside to protect it from molds and stains(also water of course).

16. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

yea that, what ever that is! i was thinkin too, fill in gaps with an oil so that it can absorb the shock. that liquid would disperse shock, not intensify right?

18. chunk1x

Posts: 248; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

The circuit board is mounted on a rubber or silicone instead of directly attaching it into the chassis and act as an internal shock absorbers. Oil filled devices(silicone oil) exist and are only use in Scuba equipment and Technomarine watches for protection extreme water pressure(1000 meters and above).

19. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

Well put that shizzle in a phone!!!! the Oil stuff i mean... i guess the rubber/silicone is a great start :( Beggars cant be choosers :)

10. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Because there's not a big enough market for them.

14. chunk1x

Posts: 248; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

Actually, demand is quite big. Road and mountain bikers, triathlon, outdoors man and etc. Otter box and similar products is too bulky and the phones that are inside is not rated handle extreme weather and humidity. The CASIO G’zOne is an example of tough but thin body and Sharp(forgot the model) is as thin as Galaxy S3.

21. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

You listed all small groups of society who aren't big enough for large scale production. For groups like those, they can get one of these shown above.

5. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Yeah, those phones are tough, but not as tough as the Nokia 3310.

6. Tommy1960i

Posts: 144; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

The only reason to buy one of these is for a hard job as a scientist or something like that because they are ugly and just enormous.

15. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

No Sonim? We have then at work, can run over then with 5 ton wrecker, and survive no issue. Dropped lol.

20. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

My bad, freaking smartphone a Sonim is not.

22. RuggedSmartphone

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 17, 2014

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