Our mobile phones see a lot of everyday use, which means they’re constantly exposed to potentially dangerous situations. Whether they’re placed in your pocket or bag with your keys and change or they’re held precariously whilst in use, people constantly put their phones in risky situations.
Smartphones aren’t usually considered the most rugged of items either. Large screens and thin plastic backs are usually all that protects your phone from the risks of the world around it.
Whilst you can invest in cases for extra protection, and mobile phone insurance is there to cover you in case anything should happen, wouldn’t it be nice if your handset could withstand anything and everything that life throws at it? The following smartphones have been selected as the world’s toughest, and have been built to survive.
Proving that they’re not just great at making powerful diggers, JCB have released their first large screen addition to their awesome Toughphone range. This chunky handset is built to last, with long battery life and an exterior that will break the ground it falls on before it breaks the phone.
Shock resistant, water-proof and dust-proof, if Jean Claude Van Damme were to create a phone, this would be it. Sadly, although the phone is nigh-on indestructible it is left slightly lacking when it comes to the specs; as it favours JCB’s usual approach of brawn over brains.
The second phone in the list to be named after heavy machinery, the CAT B15 is practically life-proof. It doesn’t possess the processing power of the latest high-end smartphones, but that’s the only weak thing about this phone. It can withstand extreme temperatures as well drops, water and dust.
The B15 also bucks the usual trend of rugged phones having to look like they’ve been designed by a child with access to too many poster paints, by neglecting CAT’s usual yellow and black branding and instead opting for a much more stylish silver and black look (with just a hint of yellow).
The ultimate smartphone for the any wannabe action heroes, the Torque is built to military standards in order to survive even the harshest of conditions. As well as being impervious to almost everything, this phone also boasts Smart Sonic Receiver technology that sends the sound waves from calls directly to your eardrum, meaning that no matter where you are you’ll be able to hear every word. Whilst this mobile is not yet available in the UK, if you’re looking for a super-smart phone in America then this is for you. After all, if it’s good enough for Bear Grylls, then it’s good enough for all adventurers.
When Samsung aren’t competing with Apple for dominance over the smartphone market they occasionally produce high-quality rugged handsets, hence the Xcover 2. Compared to its relatively dainty cousin, the Galaxy S4, this handset can really hold its own. Like all the other phones on this list it’s completely IP67 certified, which means it’s resistant to water and dust.
So, the next time you leave it in your pockets when you do the washing, you don’t have to worry. It also packs a fairly powerful processor, a decent camera and updated tracking technology, which makes it ideal for all those outdoorsy types.
Whilst this may be the least rugged of all the phones listed, it’s certainly the most powerful when it comes to technology. With a super-sharp 1080p HD screen and Awesome 13mp camera, the phone is ideal for capturing every moment of your adventure. Its powerful processor also makes it an ideal alternative to the other top-of-the-range smartphones. All this exciting tech is contained in a pretty sturdy shell too, as all the Xperia Z’s exterior ports are carefully sealed, making this smartphone dust and water-proof.