User-friendlier interface with plenty of settings
In the rugged market, the Torque is more than capable of enduring the hazards of a busy adventurer's life or surviving on a construction site. The tools offered by enduring battery life, push-to-talk, and optimized calling make this a phone fit for someone who puts their device through hell. While the performance isn't up to par of more nimble competitors, it more than makes the grade in its class.
Sturdy, durable design
Despite being a mid-range Android device running an OS that is well over a year old, the Kyocera Torque is an amazingly advanced device. It is well designed, and passed our torture tests with flying colors. The Smart Sonic Receiver technology is nothing short of amazing, and we are still a bit in awe of the lack of a speaker. Call quality, battery life and OS performance are all very good.
Loud, clear speakers, Mostly stock Android OS
Bear Gryllis adventures aside, the Kyocera Torque would be a good fit for anyone who works outdoors in noisy environments and tends to be rough on their phones. This would be an ideal work phone for a construction worker, and it costs nothing after a mail-in rebate and two-year agreement.
Kyocera may not be a name normally associated with quality Android handsets, but the manufacturer has found a nice niche with the Torque that's worthy of a look for Sprint customers.
Nice solid design
Overall, the Kyocera Torque is an amazing mid-range device, especially since most rugged smartphones don't come with nearly as many great features. It is very well designed, brings the Smart Sonic Receiver technology for great call quality to the US, and has good battery life and performance. On the other hand, the fact that Direct Connect cannot be used while LTE is turned on can be a bit of a drawback, but, overall this is a very good durable and feature-packed phone.
Notably good build quality, and is water, dust, vibration and shock proof
If you're looking for a Direct Connect or rugged phone, the Torque is on the short list of choices. If Sprint is your carrier, there's really no other device to consider for PTT. At $99 on-contract or $349 subsidy-free, it's not a bad deal either.
I really enjoy the smartphone. The only thing I don't like about it is a tiny internal storage. You get only 1 GB for your applications and data. Of course you can extend that by inserting a sd-card. But unfortunately you cannot install your app on it, unless you root your device. The battery life is even better then I expected. Normally I charge it not often then every other day. Overall it's pretty good rigid smartphone.
Fit for outdoor use, Bright display
Overall, we can certify that the Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 completed our tests with good results --considered as if it were a normal smartphone. The fact that it is suited for outdoor use is something like a big bonus. We definitely recommend the Xcover 2 to anyone who wants to have their smartphone with them "at work and at play", sports included. The recommended retail price is rather high, but the street price -- as usual with Samsung products -- is much lower.
Looks good for a ruggedized phone
Like eating a Yorkie while driving an 18 wheeler, using the Cat B15 just makes you feel that bit more manly. In fact there are plenty more reasons to like this phone as it looks good by ruggedized standards, comes with the silky smooth Jelly Bean Android OS and has a half decent camera and good battery life. However, its spec is a bit disappointing given its relatively high price tag and the way the battery sometimes pops out when it's dropped onto a hard surface is a bit worrying.
Bulky, no 4G, dim screen with muted colors
The CAT B15 is a perfect fit for someone with an active lifestyle or a job working on a construction site if durability is your one and only concern. The CAT B15 stands out from other durable phones because of its touch-based smartphone functionality, making it a good option for those in fieldwork. However, other smartphone buyers might prefer a handset that looks nicer, with improved performance, connectivity and camera capabilities.
Sturdy, solid design
The CAT B15 is a niche handset and, as such, is very easy to pin down for a verdict. It's unquestionably one of the best rugged handsets we've looked at and will stand up to the rigours of outdoor usage whatever the weather. The inclusion of Jelly Bean and the versatility of the Google Play store give the B15 scope for customisation, and basic necessities like Bluetooth and GPS are included.
Water, dust and shock proof
The CAT B15 is water, dust and shock proof, but unlike some tough phones it boasts a 4-inch touchscreen and Android Jelly Bean software. It's strong enough to put up with a tough life on a building site, while letting you enjoy apps and games from the Google Play store when you've finished constructing things.
Very solid build, Dual SIM support
Caterpillar clearly thinks there's a point in continuing to update its line of rugged hands, but I'm not so sure that plan makes sense. These days, mainstream handset makers do rugged quite well, and Caterpillar needs to offer more than they do in order to compete successfully.
Rugged phone which can withstand water, falls - and a dog's appetite
The B15 is never going to be a mass market phone - and will pose no threat to the world's leading manufacturers. That said, it absolutely has a place in the market - albeit niche. Whilst builders and construction workers are ultimately the key target, the CAT phone has enough about it to appease anyone simply after a device which they can rely upon, whatever the environment.
Was able to withstand whatever we threw at it
Sonim has made a very basic phone that aims to do one thing well: withstand punishment. The XP Strike won't win any beauty contests, the OS is slow and dated and the camera is horrible. None of that matters, but what does is that it was able to withstand our testing, which at times went above and beyond what it is rated for. Sonim has is a seriously tough phone for seriously tough users that may be more rugged than anything the famed Nextel lineup ever offered.
Hard, plastic case is not conducive to a ruggedized device
The Samsung Rugby III isn't a sleek phone, nor is it a smart phone. It is intended to be a big, rugged device that can withstand rough environments. While it performed as expected as a phone, it unfortunately was not able to meet the advertised certifications. The only reason you buy a phone like the Rugby III is because you're hard on them, and it doesn't seem like the phone can stand up to that kind of punishment.
This phone has held up for months now
I decided to give this G'Zone phone a try and have LOVED it, better than any phone I've had yet. Nothing has cracked or broken, I've dropped it several times, and it is still going strong. I rely on my phone heavily in order to run my business, and it has been trustworthy and reliable. I'm tough on phones, but this one has done awesome so far. I just have to be sure I don't lose it in a snowbank somewhere.
Resistance to dust, water, and shock
All in all, the Samsung Galaxy Xcover combines the functionality of an entry level Android-powered smartphone with the ability to withstand dust, shock, and water damage, which is a profile that few handsets can match. Our only major complaint is that its display is of very poor quality. However, since the Xcover retails for about $330, we would definitely recommend checking out a few tough alternatives.
Well protected microSD card slot
Samsung has made rugged handsets before, and not done too bad, but this is the first time the company has brought rugged features to an Android smartphone, and we aren't all that excited, because the general specifications are average rather than great.
If we were choosing a rugged smartphone right now, we'd choose the Motorola Defy+ rather than the Samsung Galaxy Xcover. Sorry, Samsung.
It is one of the best phones I have ever owned. The Corning Gorilla Glass is durable and scratch resistant. It has a great battery life, which is good, especially when you are on the move, using GPS. The Play Store has 1000's of apps to choose from. The phone has an amazing build quality, and is very tactile as well, the display is well lit, and it's easy to customise your phone, to your own liking. It is great for taking rainy day pictures when nothing else can survive.
Solid and comfortable feel
As we said before, the Samsung Galaxy Xcover manages to combine the functionality of an entry level Android smartphone with the ability to resist to dust, shock, and water submersion, and this is not something many handsets can do. One of the biggest drawbacks, however, is the poor quality of the display.
Considering the Xcover retails for about $300, which is rather pricey, you should also consider some alternatives, such as the Motorola DEFY+ or the Sony Ericsson Xperia active.
Screen resolution on the Xcover is a disappointing
Overall, it's got some nice features, but there's not enough to make it stand out. It's not often that Samsung misses the mark, but the Xcover is a definite misstep. It's mostly a case of too little, too late for this rugged phone that doesn't stack up against its cheaper competitors.
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