Our smartphones are wonders of technology when compared to their first-generation counterparts: if anything, they are just like pocket-sized PCs we can carry around more easily than ever before.
While they might be smarter than ever before, our smartphones of today are not as indestructible as the old cell phones of times gone past.
The current smartphones are made to be as thin as possible, with bodies made of glass and, while most companies use some sort of protection, such as Gorilla Glass, they are still very fragile devices. A slight bump or a fall is enough to cause pretty 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 outdoor activities or are simply a little clumsy.
But, thankfully, there are still options out there for those who prefer sturdier smartphones who can take a beating. These devices come with water and dust resistance ratings and have reinforced bodies that can withstand falls. Much like regular smartphones, these devices range in price from $200 to $1000, or more, so there is a market for all budgets even in this sector.
Below we have compiled a list of some of the best indestructible phones you can purchase right now.
Unihertz Titan slim
Titan Slim embraces a rectangular screen and it’s sleeker and slimmer than its previous QWERTY models. The device is easy to hold and type, and every key on the keyboard as well as the red programmable key can serve as a shortcut to your favorite function or most frequently used Apps.
Its rectangular screen is compatible with most apps without using mini mode like the previous Titan or Titan Pocket, and you can stream music, movies, and shows for hours, due to its 4100mAh battery. GET IT HERE.
Samsung Galaxy XCover 5 Enterprise Edition
This smartphone is one of the cheapest rugged smartphones available on the market, which is why we decided to place it first on this list.
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It has one of the sturdiest frames available, an IP68 water-resistant rating that allows you to immerse it in water at up to 1.5m for 30 minutes without any damage, as well as dust and first resistance.
It has a MIL-STD-810H military certification for being resistant to shocks and bad weather conditions.
As far as the rest of the specs go, the phone has a 5.3-inch display with an HD + resolution of 720 x 1480 pixels, which makes it quite a small device. However, this means that it’s easy to hold and carry.
Under the hood, it has a 2 Ghz octa core Exynos 850 processor, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of memory that can be expanded with micro SD.
It comes with a 16MP camera, a 3,000mAh battery and 3 years of major updates as well as 4 years of security patches.
The device has low energy-consuming components, which means that it will have enough charge to last you a whole day of either moderate or intense use, depending on what you’re using it for.
Blackview is known for its durable, near-indestructible smartphones. While they might be pricier than the others, you get a lot for your money, which makes it one of the best indestructible phones on the market.
This particular device is very robust: it features screws that keep the body together following impacts, it’s covered in a thick layer of protective material that, while it doesn’t make the smartphone very compact, it does make it pretty damn hard to break.
In order to keep its size down, the company opted for a thin bezel, which at least makes the phone seem a little 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 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. Camera-wise, it has a 48MP snapper, while the battery is a 4,380mAh.
What would a list of indestructible smartphones be without a Cat phone? One of the most well-known rugged phone companies, Cat has definitely created the S61 with durability in mind.
This device has a whole 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 distance meter 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 problems. The 5.2 inch screen is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5, and under the hood we’ll find Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 630 chipset.
It comes with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB memory, 16 and 8MP cameras and a large 4,500mAh 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, an integrated card inside the device that adapts to the user’s needs. All you need to do is 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 protection and HD +.
Its IP68 IK08 certification grade makes it resistant to water, dust and falls and its 5,000mAh battery will give it enough juice to deal with an intense day of usage. It comes with a 48MP main snapper, 64GB of internal memory and 4GB RAM.
Nokia is largely associated with quality of build and this smartphone does not stray from that legacy. Thanks to the military certification it can withstand drops up to 1.8 meters in height, while the IP68 certification means its resistant to dust and water up to 1.5 meters deep for up to 60 minutes.
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The 6.67-inch Full HD + display is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass Victus. The phone features a Snapdragon 480 processor with 5G, a 4/64GB memory configuration and a 48MP + 13MP camera combination with Zeiss lenses.
The battery is a 4,630mAh and comes with 18W fast charging support and wireless 15W charging.
The Nokia XR20 will receive 3 years of Android updates, which means it will eventually get Android 14, and will also get 4 years’ worth of security updates.
What About Rugged Charging Cables?
An unbreakable phone demands an unbreakable charger, we think. So, if you’ve purchased any of the phones above, it’s worth looking into a charger that won’t fall apart at a moment’s notice.
Anker’s Nylon USB-C to USB-C cable for example, measures 10 feet and can be twisted and bent up to 12,000 times. It’s not flimsy and it can charge devices up to 100W.
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Of course, nothing beats a braided nylon cable: they’re tangle-resistant and very sturdy. The Palette Series from Monoprice for example, comes in three sizes, 6 inches or 3/6 feet and, in addition to charging your device, it can also be used to sync data between it and a computer or laptop.
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However, one of the sturdiest charging cables out there is the Nomad Ultra Rugged Universal Cable. Even the name sounds tough.
This cable is a MicroUSB to USB-A that also has two additional 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 you a lifetime, or, at least according to the company, around 10,000 bends and twists.
These are just some of the best indestructible phones (and charging cables) out there. Of course, when you decide to purchase one, you have to first think about what you will use it for: Are you an outdoorsy type of person or are you looking for a phone you can take along to work in inhospitable environments where the risk of falls, water and scratches is almost a given?
We hope this list gives you 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.
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