Life without our smartphones may be unimaginable, but for most of us—proper care and treatment of them is usually an afterthought at most. And no matter how many nifty features, one drop is all it takes to render them useless.
Traveling the world can be a harsh affair for personal devices. The next time your iPhone suffers an existential blow or drop, you may want consider one of these 9 rugged and durable smartphones for braving the elements during your travels.
Caterpillar—a well-known brand in construction and heavy industries—has created a rugged smartphone in partnership with British Bullitt Group. The CAT S40 passes the Mil-STD-810G test and can operate in temperatures of -13°F to 131° F.
Sonim—a longstanding authority in rugged phones—holds the Guinness World Record for the highest mobile phone drop (25 meters) with its XPS3300 Force. Its XP7 is rugged enough for the industrial workplace and offers shock and water resistance.
San Diego-based Verykool produces rugged phones under its xTREME line of devices. With a touchscreen that works smoothly with gloved fingers, the RX2 model is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts.
The Duraforce XD is the follow-up to Kyocera’s groundbreaking Duraforce rugged smartphone release last year. It boasts military-grade durability that allows it to withstand the harshest conditions and abuse.
One of the more affordable rugged smartphones on the market, the Plum Gator Plus doesn’t provide military-grade protection—but it’s nonetheless tougher and cheaper than your average iPhone.
The Conquest S6 is an extremely rugged and durable Chinese entrant to the rugged phone market and features a strong body cover to boot.
French smartphone manufacturer CrossCall’s Trekker M1 features a sleek and elegant design and a Samsung 13MP/5MP resolution image sensor for capturing outdoor images in hi-res—all packed inside a waterproof and reinforced body.
NAUTIZ X1 also meets the basic guidelines for a rugged phone and is quite satisfying phone for people who wants to buy the rugged smartphone. It passes the military grade testing and also meets the IP67 standards.
Jaguar Land Rover has teamed up with the British company Bullitt Group to bring a new smartphone to market. This highly anticipated smartphone is due to arrive some time in 2017.
As these 9 handsets serve to illustrate, smart phones are no longer the fragile devices we’ve become accustomed to over the years. Apple may continue to dominate in the user experience department, but its devices can’t hold a candle to any of these rugged phones.