If you are looking for a cellphone that can take a beating and keep on functioning, look no further. We've compiled a list of some of the most rough and rugged cellphones on today's market.
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3
Samsung announced this new Android phone back in March of 2015 and it certainly has not disappointed. This water, dust and shock resistant phone has better than average specs that give it a true mass appeal. It can take a beating and still be operable afterward. Coming in at around $300, the Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3 is well worth the money.
Motorola Droid Turbo
Motorola packed the Droid Turbo with innovative materials, including Metallized Glass Fiber to add strength to the smartphone’s body, and reinforcing it with with DuPont™ Kevlar® fiber for added durability. The phone's scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 protects its 5.2-inch Quad HD display. And of course, it features a water-repellent nano-coating for those unexpected downpours and spills. The screen has one of the highest resolutions on the market with a 2,560-by-1,440-pixel resolution. It also features a 21 MP camera, 3,900mAh battery and 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 processor.
This tough Android phone meets the stringent 810G and IP68 criteria for durability in especially harsh winter conditions. When it comes to the occasional cellphone repair, the Kyocera DuraForce is rarely tended to by our technicians because it was built to last. This phone stands the test of time without any of the drama caused by other poorly made phones.
The Brigadier has a splendid sapphire glass display that will catch your eye as soon as you see it. However, its gorgeous looks should not fool you into thinking it is a fragile piece of technology. Our screen repair service will probably not be necessary with this bad boy as it is nearly impossible to scratch the display. The phone is also designed to survive drops and exposure to water. In terms of its specs, the Kyocera Brigadier has a 3100 mAh battery, a Snapdragon 400 SoC, a 4.5 inch screen and an 8 MP camera.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Active
It might not be as attractive as the standard Galaxy S6, but it sure does stand up to more. If you're the type who doesn't want to be constantly worrying about wear-and-tear and bulky protective cases, this phone is the perfect choice. The phone is made out of plastic whose rim features shallow troughs around the outside to make it extra grippy around the edges. Most impressive is the fact that the S6 Active is rated at military specification IP68, resists dust and can withstand about a 4-foot drop. Samsung included a 3,500mAh battery, 2.1GHz Exynos 7 octa-core processor and a 16 MP camera.
Sony Xperia Z3
This Sony Xperia Z3's predecessor was already ultra resistant, but this newly update model takes things to the next level. The Z3 is waterproof (and dust resistant) and has an IP58 rating, which means the phone can survive up to 1.5 meters underwater for 30 minutes. Although the touchscreen won't work underwater, the camera's shutter button allows users to capture incredible aquatic photos. And speaking of the camera, it packs 20.7 MP, a wider lens and better image stability. Sony stuck with its full HD display rather than the Quad HD favored by Samsung, saying the company didn't want to sacrifice battery life. And when they're promising two days of battery life, we can see why.
Casio G'zOne Commando 4G LTE
If you don't care much about the quality of your smartphone pictures (the Commando only had a 8 MP camera), then this phone is a solid and affordable choice when it comes to rugged cellphones. Casio pulled out all the stops for this rugged exterior; the phone has more of an industrial, mechanical look to it. The body is reinforced with tough rubber along the sides and back to make sure it doesn't slip out of your hand. The phone is both water and shock resistant, and includes helpful features like a compass, thermometer and barometer. As far as specs go, the G'zOne Command 4G LTE has a 480x800-pixel resolution topped with a Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2 and a 1,800mAh battery.