A typical smartphone is not the most durable device in the world. It’s not a problem if the phone spends most of the time sitting on a desk. But what about folks who work in extreme conditions or simply prefer an active lifestyle? Does it mean that they can’t enjoy the benefits of smart technology? Of course not. With such users in mind, rugged phones were invented and one such device made its way to the stores today. Called Cat S40, the unlocked Android rugged phone for AT&T and T-Mobile is now on sale in the US.
Cat S40 Android rugged smartphone hits the US market with AT&T and T-Mobile friendly bands
A while back, rugged phones were a lot more expensive than regular handsets because of all the extra protection. However, with each new generation we can see the prices going down. That said, the Cat S40 is relatively affordable and can be had for $399 from Quality One Wireless and CatPhones. Of course, that’s full retail price without any strings attached. The handset is sold unlocked and is compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile bands.
Design-wise, the Cat S40 looks like most rugged phones with a thick 12.5mm frame, bumpers around the edges and a textured back to prevent it from slipping from your hand. Thanks to IP68 certification the phone can survive up to 60 minutes in up to 1 meter of water and is protected from ingression of small particles. Mil-Spec 810G guarantees that the device is shock resistance and shouldn’t be damaged if dropped on a concrete surface from up to 6ft.
As far as hardware is concerned, the Cat S40 is rather on the modest side, but that’s to be expected from a rugged phone. The device sports a 4.7-inch ultra-bright qHD display with increased outdoors visibility which can be operated with gloved or wet hands, and is powered by a 1.1GHz Snapdragon 210 processor. It also comes with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory expandable via microSD slot. Other key features include 8-megapixel main and 2-megapixel front-facing cameras, Bluetooth 4.1, and a 3,000 mAh battery which should be good for up to 18 hours of talk time or up to 39 days of standby time. The OS of choice is Android 5.1 Lollipop.
According to a new research, about 80% of smartphone users have damaged their phone in the last five years. With contracts out of the way, it’s easier than ever to replace a broken smartphone, but why take advantage of this possibility if you can use your handset without the fear of having it damaged? If your line of work or lifestyle may pose danger to your phone, it might be a good idea to get yourself a rugged device such as the Cat S40.