If you are an active person, do extreme sports or work in difficult conditions, a "standard" smartphone may not meet your requirements. Fortunately, there are phones for special tasks, with increased resistance to external factors. Here are a few of them.
What is an armored smartphone?
New generation smartphones are extremely fragile devices. Very often, even a fall from a low height can result in a broken display or even a serious failure of the equipment. For this reason, users of Samsung, Huawei, LG, Xiaomi etc. are so eager to buy a special case for phones and tempered glass. These accessories significantly minimize the risk of display breakage or broken housing. Sometimes, however, we need a phone that is able to endure much more than a standard fall of several dozen centimeters and its housing and construction will withstand harsh weather conditions, extreme temperatures and immersion in water. Such requirements are met by so-called armored telephone. How such a smartphone differs from a normal telephone?
Armored smartphones have been subjected to rigorous IP68 testing, which is why they meet military-defined standards for protection against vibration, shocks, extreme temperatures, dust and water (albeit in controlled environments).
These types of phones often offer additional features that stand out from the competition: some have infrared camera functions, others have sound level meters and even VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) detectors.
Below is a subjective selection of armored phones available on the Polish market.
CAT S 41
CAT is one of the most popular brands currently producing armored smartphones. The S41 model has a very durable construction. It has a 5-inch Full HD screen with Gorilla Glass 5.
The S41 is powered by a 2.3 GHz octa-core MediaTek P20 processor with Android 7.0 with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB ROM.
Its advantage is high water resistance. The smartphone withstands an hour's immersion at a depth of 2 meters and a fall from a height of up to 1.8 meters. The S41 complies with MIL SPEC 810G standards and is resistant to thermal shocks, making it one of the most durable phones on the market. It's a pity that it doesn't have a fingerprint sensor. And this price…
CAT S60 was the first smartphone in the world equipped with a thermal imaging camera. This FLIR technology has many applications at work and at home, such as finding insulation gaps, electrical failures and monitoring machine performance etc.
Cat S60 is equipped with a large 3800 mAh battery, Corning Gorilla Glass 4 touch screen 4.7 x 1280 x 720, 13 MP rear camera with autofocus, 5 MP front camera, NFC and GPS. The processor is Qualcomm MSM8952-3 (4 x 1.5 GHz + 4 x 1.2 GHz) with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB.
This model, like other phones in this series, is very durable, waterproof and resistant to falls from a height of up to 1.8 meters. Thanks to its durable construction, this armored smartphone can withstand extreme temperatures from -25 ° C to 55 ° C.
The phone is able to survive underwater up to a depth of 5 meters for 60 minutes. An attraction is certainly the possibility of taking photos and recording videos underwater. It will be useful on holidays.
Doogee is a Chinese brand that is not well known in Poland. The S60 is the company's flagship armored phone with a 5.2-inch FHD display with Gorilla Glass 5, a Helio P25 processor with 6 GB of RAM / 64 GB ROM, Android 7.0 and a 5580 mAh battery. The advantage of S60 compared to other durable phones is the possibility of wireless charging.
Ulefone Armor 5
The advantage of this smartphone is undoubtedly the increased resistance to falls (up to 1.20 m). The telephone is also dustproof and waterproof (IP68).
The phone screen has 5.85 inches and HD + resolution. The advantage is (which is not standard in this type of phones) the presence of a fingerprint reader and a dual camera. In addition to its durable construction and good technical parameters, Ulefone Armor 5 also boasts a 5000 mAh battery. Such a capacious battery guarantees long life of the phone. Even on a longer trip, we don't have to worry about our phone falling.
myPhone Hammer ENERGY LTE
Finally, something from the domestic market, i.e. the armored phone brand myPhone. Of course, we're talking about the Hammer ENERGY LTE model. The phone has quite decent "guts". MediaTek MT6737 processor and 2 GB of RAM may not knock you down, but it guarantees smooth operation of the device.
This armored smartphone boasts a reinforced housing that meets the IP68 waterproof and dustproof standard, as well as a powerful battery with a capacity of up to 5000 mAh.
As befits an armored phone, HAMMER easily survives a fall from a height of 1.2 meters, and its resistance to dust and water has been confirmed by the IP68 standard.
The advantage of this model is undoubtedly the price. This is by far the cheapest phone in our list. Currently, you can buy it for PLN 699.