A majority of regular smartphones today are very delicate and may not stand various rough conditions such as dust, extreme temperatures and impacts. As such, most of these handsets are prone to cracks, bends or at worst breakdowns if exposed to these conditions.
However, this post offers insight into another crop of smartphones that are extra-tough meaning they are not can withstand significant wetness, dirt or even accidental drops. They are built with endurance and durability in mind and thus can withstand most of these extreme conditions. They may not have the best specifications or great looks that are synonymous with most smartphones, but they offer the much-needed toughness.
Best Smartphones for Extreme Conditions 2016:
1. Best durable smartphone 2016: Kyocera Brigadier
This is a tough, ruggedized smartphone that comes with a rating of IP68 (meaning it can remain submerged in 1.8 meters of water for up to 30 minutes) and MIL-STD-810G certification. The handset features a 4.5-inch HD display that supports touch operation using gloves and even wet fingers. It sports an impressive 8MP primary camera with LED flash and a 2MP secondary front-facing camera. It is also powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor that is backed by 2GB RAM. Other notable features of Kyocera Brigadier include a GPS receiver, E-compass, barometer and a 3-axis accelerometer. It also has a decent built-in camera with a capacity of 3100mAh. The only major downside of this phone is that it is exclusive to Verizon running on the operator’s 4G-LTE data network.
2. Best smartphone for extreme conditions 2016: Samsung Galaxy S6 Active
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Active is the tougher version of the regular Galaxy S6 with both featuring closely related specifications. It has a 5.1-inch 1440p AMOLED display that is protected with a Gorilla Glass. Unlike most other sleek smartphones, S6 Active uses thick plastic instead of metal or glass for its case to make it even tougher. Besides, the handset has IP68 rating meaning it can handle submersion in up to 6 feet of fresh water for about 30 minutes. It also qualifies for the MIL-STD-810G certification meaning that it can withstand various extreme conditions such as shocks, extreme temperatures, and vibrations. Other notable features of the Galaxy S6 Active include the 16MP optically stabilized camera, octa-core Exynos 7420 processor and 3GB RAM.
3. Best durable smartphone 2016: Caterpillar CAT S50
The Caterpillar CAT S50 is another tough phone that is ideally suited to withstand extreme conditions. It comes with a tough 4.7-inch capacitive Gorilla Glass 3 display with a clear HD resolution. Its screen also supports touch operation using wet fingers. It is rated IP67 for both dust and waterproof capabilities and is also compliant to the US Military Standard 810G. It can operate at extreme temperatures of between -25 degrees and +55 degrees Celsius. Other key features of the Caterpillar CAT S50 include a powerful 8MP autofocus camera with LED flash, 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 2GB RAM, and a removable battery with a capacity of 2630mAh.
4. Smartphone for extreme conditions 2016: Sonim XP6
The Sonim XP6 is an extremely tough smartphone that combines both a physical keyboard and a capacitive TFT display. It is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor that is backed by 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal memory. The 8.1mm thick body houses a long-lasting 4820mAh battery although this counts in its relatively higher weight of 9.52oz. The handset qualifies for IP68, IP69 and the MIL-STD-810G certifications meaning that it is both dust and waterproof. Besides, it can withstand other rough conditions such as extreme temperatures and considerable impacts. Other notable features of the Sonim XP6 include a 5MP rear camera although doesn’t feature a front-facing camera. Its major downside though is that it is exclusive to AT&T network supporting its LTE and mobile hotspot service.
5. Durable smartphone 2016: Kyocera DuraForce
This is another rugged smartphone designed by Kyocera and which is expected to be a hit in 2016 among those looking for handsets for use in extreme environments. It carries both MIL-STD 810G and IP68 ratings which mean it can survive a fall of up to four feet. Besides, it can remain submerged in six feet of fresh water for up to 30 minutes. The handset comes with a 4.5-inch HD display with a decent resolution of 326ppi. Other notable features of Kyocera DuraForce include the impressive 8MP rear camera and a 2MP front-facing camera, an impressive battery and a seamless processor performance.
There you have it- a list of the best smartphones to look out for in 2016 if you’re targeting to purchase a handset that offers you durability without necessarily compromising on specifications. The devices may not be much appealing to the eye but they offer the much-needed toughness required in these extreme settings.