Tough, rugged phones and cases
Need a rugged mobile phone? Our range includes builders’ phones, phones with Gorilla Glass and tough, drop-tested phone cases. We’ve also got waterproof phones and earphones.
There are all sorts of reasons for needing a tough phone, from active and sporting lifestyles to working outdoors or in harsh environments. Or you might find you drop your phone more often than you’d like, or need something sturdy for an active child.
Many rugged and tough phones are waterproof too. If rugged isn’t a big deal, but you definitely need waterproof, see our range of waterproof phones and accessories
Protected from the elements
The robust and stylish Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are built to go wherever life takes you. They come with IP68 certification, making them dust- and water-resistant for up to 30 minutes in depths of up to 1.5m. Gorilla Glass-protected touchscreens mean you don't need to worry about knocks, bumps and scratches. And the inner workings are sealed off while keeping all the ports open, so there's no fiddling with caps or covers wherever you want to use it.
Strong and long-lasting
The MobiWire Ayasha is a small, robust phone with a long battery life – perfect for a weekend away, a music festival or anywhere else that regular charging isn’t an option. It has a simple interface, plus Bluetooth for connecting to an external loudspeaker, a built-in FM radio and a micro SD card slot so you can take thousands of songs with you. It’s also incredible value.
The Alcatel 10.54 is another small, classic phone, also with a 1.8 inch screen and a micro SD card slot. It’s perfect as a no-nonsense, easy-to-use companion.
Good to know
Gorilla Glass is made by Corning. The latest version, Gorilla Glass 5, survives 1.6 m (shoulder-height) drops onto hard, rough surfaces up to 80% of the time, yet provides great optical clarity and touch sensitivity.
Phones with Gorilla Glass include:
The IP rating tells you how much water and dust your phone or device can withstand. It’s more precise than terms like ‘water-resistant’, but even devices with the same ratings can vary – check the individual specifications if you’re keen to know.
‘IP’ stands for ‘international protection’ or ‘ingress protection’. For devices, the first number tells you about the dust resistance. 5 means ‘dust protected’, so a bit of dust might get in but not enough to stop the device working. 6 means ‘dust tight’ – no dust will get in.
The second number is for liquids. Devices rated at 5 are protected against water spraying on them. Ratings of 7 mean the device is safe at between up to 15cm and up to 1 metre deep. A rating of 8 means the device is protected in more than 1 metre of liquid.
If there’s an X, such as IPX8, it means the device isn’t rated – so IPX8 would be tested for waterproofing but not dustproofing.
Some manufacturers provide more information, such as Sony. We’d recommend exploring manufacturers’ websites for more information.