Best Rugged Phones of 2018

Rugged smart cell phones are here – If your daily routine is rough and you’re not sure whether your phone will be able to resist it, then a rugged smartphone is one to get. These phones are ideal for outdoor activities, being water resistant and having drop/impact resistance that makes sure the phone is capable of handling even the most challenging environments. IP68 and MIL-STD certification show that these smartphones conform to tough standards against vibration, shock, temperature, dust, and water. Bear in mind that these tests are held under controlled environments. All phones currently ship with Android Nougat 7.0 and 7.1. Aside from durability, these smartphones have special features that set them apart from each other. Some features assist in scientific adventures while others help in construction and development.

Here are a few that I consider the best:

Doogee S60 (Our Choice)

The Doogee S60 is a smartphone meant for ruggedness. Its durable industrial design and aggressive looks show that the phone is built for business. The phone has an aerospace grade aluminum construction with High-Density PC plastic. This gives it resistance against shocks and bumps and appropriates the IP68 certification. Having a myriad of buttons for every possible use is a welcome addition. The camera on this phone is brilliant. The 21MP sensor from Sony with Optical Image Stabilization will smoothen and give a professional feel to every photo or video taken from it.

The back of the device has an aluminum cover which can be opened to reveal the SIM card and Micro SD card slots. You will have to remove two screws though, which is made easier with the included screwdriver. Don’t be fooled by the phone’s rugged appearance. It has a deceptively fast performance for a phone resembling a tank.

Here are the specs:

Display: 5.2” 1080p display
Processor: Helio P25 Octa-Core Processor
Memory: 6GB LPDDR4 RAM and 64GB ROM
Camera: 21MP OIS Rear and 8MP front camera.
Battery: 5580mAh battery supporting Quick charge.

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Ulefone Armor 2

The Ulefone Armor 2 is a light rugged phone developed by Ulefone. This phone is “light” as it lacks the MIL-STD protection its competitors do but it makes up for that through sheer specs and special sealed design. Inside, this phone is a beast, powered by the MediaTek Helio P25 processor and 6GB of lightning-quick LPDDR4 RAM make this device a powerhouse when it comes to performance.

The device is firmly sealed, giving greater protection and durability in case of drops, shocks, and dust. This device does have IP-68 protection though. That coupled with the aforementioned sealed design, gives it strong protection. The phone is made up of glass reinforced polycarbonate, metal and TPU giving the device resistance and durability against stress and pressure through flexibility and rigidity at key areas of the phone. This also gives the phone thermal resistance as the TPU offers superior insulation against heat or cold.
This phone is certainly a crowd pleaser. Its power backed by durability makes for a strong competitor.

Here are the specs:

Display: 5.0” 1080p FHD screen.
Processor: MediaTek Helio P25 Octa-Core Processor.
Memory: 6GB RAM and 64GB ROM
Camera: 16MP Large Aperture rear and 8MP front camera
Battery: 4700 mAh Li-Po Battery

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The AGM X2 is a rugged smartphone made by German company AGM. This phone is a prime example of combining Monster specs with Monster resistance. The AGM X2 is the first smartphone that comes with a VOC detection sensor. From the air, this sensor helps to detect and analyze volatile organic compounds that can be injurious to health, assisting in sensing the safety of an environment.
The phone comes with amazing Dual Sony Colour+Mono rear cameras (the first to be featured on a rugged phone) and a 16 MP Front camera which make this thing perfect for photo and video. It is also filled to the brim with sensors. Along the usual GPS and the VOC sensor, the AGM X2 features Pressure, Humidity, and Ambient temperature sensors. These are more than enough for any smartphone.
This phone has both IP68 and MIL-STD810G certification, leaving no questions when it comes to durability.

Here are the specs:

Display: 5.5” AMOLED 1080p touchscreen with Gorilla Glass 4.
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 653.
Memory: 6GB RAM and 128GB ROM.
Camera: Dual 12MP Cameras with AF.
Battery: 6000 mAh non-removable battery.

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Caterpillar has a strong presence in the industry when it comes to construction and equipment. Partnering with the British firm, Bullet Group, they have created the CAT S60. This smartphone, aside from being durable, is the addition of a thermal imaging camera. CAT says it’s the first smartphone in the world which has this. This feature makes it suitable for uses ranging from finding leaks in heating, storage systems and monitoring temperature in electronics and machines.

A strange use for this kind of device would be in cooking, observing the temperature of a preheated oven is crucial when it comes to making perfect dishes. The thermal imaging camera also supports making time-lapse footage, useful to gauge temperatures over long periods. The S60, along with IP-68 certification has MIL-STD810G protection. This makes the phone resistant to dust, salt, humidity, heat, transportation and even solar radiation. This phone is a tank!

The S60 is able to capture videos and photos underwater, capable of surviving depths of up to 5 meters for 60 minutes and can register touch with wet or gloved fingers.

Here are the specs:

Display: 4.7” 720p, capacitive touchscreen with Gorilla Glass 4.
Processor: Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617.
Memory: 3 GB RAM and 32 GB ROM.
Camera: 5 MP Front and 13 MP FLIR Thermal Rear camera.
Battery: 3800 mAh Li-ion battery.

Well-equipped and powerful, this phone has solid hardware. The huge battery combined with a 720p display gives amazing battery life. This phone has a good reputation and is must-have.

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These phones are worthy competitors and are the best you can buy. They have individual features that buyers can use depending on their need. Overall, the phones listed above will surely live up to their name and will not disappoint.

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