Some phones are not rugged at all, especially in consideration with the cost associated to it. They can be shattered on a fall, or permanently damaged when dropped in water. But, here are some rugged smartphones that can weather tough conditions, better than most.
1) Samsung Galaxy S6 Active
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Active cannot survive extreme conditions but is designed for sporting people who love sports with better protection than other models offered by the company. It is IP68 rated and even meets the Military Standard 810G for water resistance. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Active is made of plastic with reinforced corners and is thicker than other phones It includes 5.1 inches Quad HD Super AMOLED display which renders true colours, and provides great contrast for a rugged smartphones. Also with a quad-core Exynos 7420 processor and 3GB RAM, it is one of the fastest smartphones of the moment, with a powerful 16-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front-facing camera to boot.
2) Sonim XP7
Following up the Sonim Xp6, here is one smartphone that is one of the toughest smartphones on the market. It can withstand a lot of abuse and is IP68 and IP69 rated too which means it can withstand extreme pressure, is waterproof up to a certain extent and can survive many falls.
It is certainly less attractive than the regular Android phones and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 2 with a display size of 4 inches. And even though the visuals are a bit washed out, it does its job. It is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU and boasts of 1 GB RAM and 16GB memory. It also features 8-megapixel rear camera with average clicking features. It does have an impressive 4800mAh battery that can keep the phone alive after 48 hours of normal usage.
3) CAT B15
Coming from the US Company Caterpillar, the construction equipment manufacturer and supplier, the CAT S50 is a rugged phone with style. The phone meets the Military Standard 810G compliance for its resistance to shock, vibration, rain, and other criteria, it also has a sense of design although chunkier than the usual smartphones.
The smartphone has straight edges, wide bezels along with a good back texture. The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 and the display is visible under sunlight. It is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon Cortex-A7 processor with Adreno 305 GPU. It also features 2GB RAM and native memory of 8GB which can be stretched up to 64GB through the microSD slot. It can handle multitasking too. The 8-megapixel rear camera and the front-facing VGA camera are average in quality.
4) Kyocera Brigadier
The Kyocera Brigadier is not designed for the showy crowd because it is rather bulky, and includes three physical buttons while not having much of a bright display in sunlight. But it does have a strong sapphire screen that renders it nearly indestructible in tough conditions.
The smartphone also sports a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU which is supported by 2GB RAM and 16GB storage space extendable to 32GB with microSD card. It runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat and also features an 8.0MP rear-facing camera along with a below average 2.0MP front-facing camera. The phone can survive extreme conditions and cannot be shattered easily which is first priority for its users.
5) Runbo X6
Runbo is known to produce original smartphones with high quality materials and assembly. The Runbo X6 includes an eight-sided monoblock that looks attractive with a 5” wide display and Full HD image size with Gorilla Glass for protection. It includes two 13 MP cameras which is rare in a smartphone but both lenses are great for clicking photos.
Additionally, it features a quad-core Mediatek processor with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage that is extendable. This rugged smartphones are IP67 certified, with great resistance powers thus proving it to be a shining example of quality, protection, reliability and durability.