Looking for an indestructible phone? Here are some of the best waterproof and shockproof devices
Our smartphones are marvels of technology compared to their first generation counterparts: in fact, they look like pocket PCs that we can carry around more easily than ever.
While they may be smarter than ever, our smartphones today aren’t as indestructible as the old cell phones of yore.
Current smartphones are designed to be as thin as possible, with glass bodies, and although most companies use some sort of protection, such as Gorilla Glass, they are still very fragile devices. A slight bump or drop is enough to cause nasty scratches or breaks, so they are not the best choice for users who work in construction for example, for people who hike or do other types of activities. outdoors or just a little clumsy.
But, thankfully, there are still options for those who prefer more rugged smartphones that can take a beating. These devices come with water and dust resistance ratings and have reinforced bodies that can withstand drops. Just like regular smartphones, these devices cost between $200 and $1,000 or even more, so there is a market for every budget even in this sector.
Below, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best indestructible smartphones you can buy right now.
Samsung Galaxy XCover 5 Enterprise Edition
This smartphone is one of the cheapest rugged smartphones available in the market, which is why we decided to put it first on this list.
It has one of the sturdiest frames available, an IP68 water resistance rating that allows you to submerge it in water up to 1.5m for 30 minutes without any damage, as well as dustproof and the first resistance.
It has a MIL-STD-810H military certification for its shock and weather resistance.
As for the rest of the specs, the phone has a 5.3-inch display with an HD+ resolution of 720 x 1480 pixels making it quite a small device. However, that means it’s easy to hold and carry.
Under the hood, it features an Exynos 850 octa core 2 Ghz processor, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of expandable memory with micro SD.
It comes with a 16MP camera, 3000mAh battery and 3 years of major updates along with 4 years of security patches.
The device has low power consumption components, which means it will have enough charge to last you a whole day of moderate or heavy use, depending on how much you use it.
Blackview is known for its durable and near indestructible smartphones. Although they may be more expensive than others, you get what you pay for.
This particular device is very robust: it has screws that hold the body together after impacts, it is covered with a thick layer of protective material which, although it does not make the smartphone very compact, does make it pretty darn tough to break.
In order to reduce its size, the company has opted for a slim bezel, which at least makes the phone a bit less bulky.
The screen measures 5.84 inches, with Full HD+ resolution. The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 5 and the device is fully waterproof and dustproof, with an IP68 certification, as well as a MIL-STD-810G military certification.
It has a MediaTek Helio P90 octa-core processor, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory. As for the camera, it has a 48 MP snapper, while the battery is 4,380 mAh.
What would a list of indestructible smartphones be without a Cat phone? One of the best-known rugged phone companies, Cat definitely created the S61 with durability in mind.
This device has a host of useful sensors that you won’t find in any other phone. For example, it has a FLIR thermal camera that detects the temperatures of objects by framing them. It has a range finder with a laser pointer and even a sensor that monitors air quality.
It has a die-cast metal frame that can safely withstand drops of up to 1.8 meters and it can stay underwater up to 3 meters deep for 60 minutes without any problem. The 5.2-inch display is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5, and under the hood is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 630 chipset.
It comes with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of memory, 16 and 8 MP cameras and a large 4500 mAh battery.
Hammer Blade 3
The Hammer Blade 3 device is the latest innovation in rugged cell phones as it does not require a physical SIM card. The phone works via e-SIM, a card integrated inside the device that adapts to the needs of the user. You just need to activate an e-SIM service on your phone with the operator of your choice and it will work like a normal mobile phone.
The device, however, does not come with 5G.
It has a 5.7” screen with Gorilla Glass 3 and HD+ protection.
Its IP68 IK08 certification rating makes it water, dust and drop resistant and its 5000mAh battery will give it enough juice to handle a day of intense use. It comes with a 48 MP main snapper, 64 GB of internal memory and 4 GB of RAM.
Nokia is widely associated with build quality and this smartphone does not stray from that heritage. Military certification means it can withstand drops of up to 1.8 meters, while IP68 certification means it’s dust and water resistant up to 1.5 meters deep for 60 mins max.
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The 6.67-inch Full HD+ screen is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass Victus. The phone features a Snapdragon 480 processor with 5G, 4/64GB memory configuration and a combination of 48MP + 13MP cameras with Zeiss lenses.
The battery is 4,630mAh and comes with 18W fast charging support and 15W wireless charging.
The Nokia XR20 will receive 3 years of Android updates, which means it will eventually receive Android 14, and will also receive 4 years of security updates.
What about heavy duty charging cables?
An unbreakable phone demands an unbreakable charger, we think. So, if you’ve purchased one of the phones above, it’s worth looking for a charger that won’t crash all the time.
Anker’s USB-C to USB-C nylon cable, for example, is 10 feet long and can be twisted and bent up to 12,000 times. It’s not flimsy and it can charge devices up to 100W.
Of course, nothing beats a braided nylon cable: they are tangle-free and very robust. Monoprice’s Palette series, for example, comes in three sizes, 6-inch or 3/6-foot, and in addition to charging your device, it can also be used to sync data between it and a computer or computer. portable.
However, one of the more rugged charging cables is the Nomad Ultra Rugged Universal Cable. Even the name sounds harsh.
This cable is a MicroUSB to USB-A that also has two extra ends for Lightning and USB-C charging, so you can use it for multiple devices.
The military-grade nylon gives it enough durability to last a lifetime or, at least according to the company, around 10,000 folds and twists.
These are just some of the best rugged smartphones (and charging cables) available. Of course, when you decide to buy one, you must first think about what you will be using it for: are you the nature type or are you looking for a phone that you can take to work in inhospitable environments where the risk of falls, water and scratches are almost a fact?
We hope this list provides enough information to help you choose the right device for your needs. If you already own one of these indestructible smartphones, let us know your thoughts in the comments.