Some people need more than just a quick processor in their smartphone. Some have jobs or lifestyles that are physically demanding. There have been a few handsets developed with that type of thinking. They are made tough. Read on to find out more on some of the toughest smartphones to hit the market.
The first on the list is a Motorola model. This is the first iDEN smartphone created with the free Google operating system, Android. The name is called “i1″. It has a MILSPEC of 810F.
That means it can handle the beach. It is resistant to dust, vibration, shock and rain. It would also be a good choice for a contractor who may need to take their phone with them on the job site.
It comes with a capacitive touch screen and a passable 600 megahertz processor. The smartphone comes with a special app for bosses called “Xora workforce”. This allows the owner of the i1 to see where their employees are in real-time. This Xora software is for small or medium sized businesses.
You have the Motorola i1 and then you have the Motorola Defy. The Defy is one step down in toughness but still has some resistance to dust, water and scratches. The screen is 3.7 inches in size, which is a tad larger than an iPhone screen. This handset comes with the Corning creation called “Gorilla glass” that is two to three times stronger than regular glass.
The processor in the Defy is running a little faster than the i1, at 800 megahertz. It comes with the very useful DLNA feature for Wi-Fi. This negates the need to use long cables to show a video or other multimedia on a nearby monitor or television. The Defy even comes with a FM radio and 3.5 millimeter head phone jack for private listening. Social networks are included with the free Android software.
Next up is the Casio G’zOne Brigade. This is a ruggedized smartphone that looks like a high priced model. It is characterized by an oversized hinge that opens to show a pleasant keyboard.
When open, the Brigade has a 2.9 inch screen to show. It is not a touch screen. The smartphone is shock and water resistant. It has the same MILSPEC as the i1 above. It is one of the toughest smartphones with a keyboard that can be bought. A trade off for this durable phone is the bulkiness. It is nearly an inch ( 0.9 inch ) thick and weighs six ounces.
By comparison a Nokia N8 weighs 4.76 ounces. A Blackberry Storm 2 weighs 5.64 ounces. The price is not going to break the bank either. The Casio Brigade is just $250 with a $50 dollar mail-in rebate.
Tough smartphones are going to be drop-worthy up to a point. They are certainly more durable than their average counterparts. If one of these smartphones is destined to be in your future, be sure to get one with a MILSPEC. Look for this type of smartphone to become more popular with the on-the-go crowd in the younger generation.