The Samsung Galaxy Active range is pretty much the only option for big-name ruggedness, but quietly churning out rock hard phones in the background is Caterpillar.
The Cat S50 is the latest phone from the “world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives” (thanks, Wikipedia), inviting manly men the world over to come and have a go (if they think they’re hard enough).
Perusing Cat S50 specs firstly, we have a 4.7in 720p display, 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 processor, 8MP rear camera, and 8GB of expandable storage.
Clearly not jaw-dropping specs, but the point here is that the Cat S50 can withstand a fair amount of punishment, certainly more than your skinny weakling iPhone.
For starters, the Cat S50 is wrapped in shock-absorbent rubber, which means it’s guaranteed* to spring straight back into your hand if you bounce it off the pavement (*not guaranteed).
The familiar IP67 certification means the Cat S50 laughs in the face of dust, while boasting the ability to chill in up to 1m of water for 30 minutes at a time.
That’s actually something that’s becoming more common on flagship smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z3, so the Cat S50 cranks things up a notch with something called MIL-STD-810G. Yep, that’s “MIL” as in “MILITARY”, and “STD” as in, er…
More specifically, MIL-STD-810G means the Cat S50 is resistant to salt, humidity, rain, vibration, solar radiation, transport and thermal shock; a smartphone Superman, essentially.
Fancy it? The Cat S50 will cost €479 (£385 translated literally), with a vague ETA of sometime soon.