Tough, rugged phones

If you work outdoors or lead an active lifestyle, you need a hard-working phone that can keep up with you.

It can be tough for your phone to withstand the occasional knocks and blows a busy lifestyle brings. But if you’re after a device that can take on demanding conditions and deal with water, dust, heat and drops, these are the kind of features which you should look for.

Here's the rugged phone we'd recommend

Cat B35

With a tough build, long-lasting battery and 4G connectivity, the Cat B35 is designed for challenging terrain - without compromising on the features that matter. The powerful 2,300mAh battery can handle up to 12 hours of talk time, and its IP68 waterproof rating means it can be submerged in 1.2m of water for up to 35 minutes. The rugged outer shell and insulated interior can withstand the most extreme temperatures and conditions - it can even take a 6-foot fall onto a concrete floor. The B35 comes preloaded with a full suite of Google apps, including Google Assistant, Maps, Google Search and YouTube. Other apps including Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp are easily accessible from the KaiStore.

Cat B35 for hiking

Why do we only feature one phone?

There’s a good reason we only feature the Cat B35 at the moment. Only devices with an IP68 rating (waterproofing and dirt resistance) and MIL-STD-810G rating (durability) are considered tough and rugged - here’s why these ratings matter.

Phones with an IP68 rating, like the Cat B35, can withstand dust, dirt and sand, and be submerged in deep water. Standard testing doesn't provide a universal depth, but manufacturers normally provide details for each device - for instance, the Cat B35 can survive being up to 1.2 metres deep for up to 35 minutes. MIL-STD-810G is military-specification which guarantees a very high level of durability. Any device with this rating has been put through its paces to prove its robustness - including seeing how the phone performs when faced with shock, vibrations, heat, cold and humidity.

If you're looking for a rugged phone for company use like the Samsung Galaxy XCover 5, we may have more rugged phones available on our business site or you can chat to one of our business sales representatives by visiting our business plans page.

Tough phones for outdoors

If you work outdoors frequently, you may need a phone which can take a tumble and carry on getting the job done. Tough phone cases are a great idea – but you may feel more confident with a rugged phone featuring built-in protection. Phones like the Cat B35 come with a durable rubber and plastic shell which can even handle six-foot falls onto concrete. It also has several soft horizontal grooves set into the rubber casing, so you can keep a firm grip while you’re making calls and sending texts.

Hiking with a tough phone

Waterproof phones

Phones and water have never been the best of friends, but rugged phones can handle the odd splash. The Cat B35 has an IP68 rating and is waterproof up to depths of 1.2m for up to 35 minutes, so even if it takes a tumble in the bath, the pool, or a puddle, you’ll still be able to use it as usual.

If you’re after a phone that has the same water resistance rating as a rugged phone - but you don’t need it to provide the shock and temperature protection that MIL-STD-810G-rated phones offer - waterproof phones offer high levels of protection against splashes and dunks, and can offer the highest IP68 dust and water resistance rating.

An IP rating is an acronym for ‘Ingress Protection’ ratings, and they’re used to classify a device’s resistance to water, dirt and dust. In general, an IP rating will consist of two numbers - the first will be a number between 0-6, and shows the degree of protection from solid objects, such as dirt. The second is a number between 0-9, indicating how a device performs in varying water depths and pressures. The higher these numbers are for an IP rating, the better protected your device will be.

Kayaking with a waterproof phone

Dust and heat resistant

Dusty, hot conditions can play havoc with mobile phones. If you frequently work outdoors or in hot countries, you’ll need a phone with a well-sealed exterior to cope with sand, dirt and dust. The Cat B35 is dustproof, so if it gets a bit grubby, you can clean it easily with a damp cloth. It’s also resistant to extreme temperatures, so if you leave it in your van or car during a heatwave, it shouldn’t be a problem.

Easy-to-use buttons

It can be tricky to text on a keypad when your hands are cold, or you’re wearing gloves. However, the Cat B35’s keypad is well-spaced, and the rubber finish on the buttons means your finger won’t slip or slide when you’re making an important call. Plus, the buttons are backlit, so if you’re working late at night or in the early morning, you’ll still easily be able to see what you’re doing.

Big buttons on the Cat B35

Long-lasting battery life

Whether you’re waiting for a call or checking an order is on its way, a powerful battery is vital when you’re away from home. The Cat B35 comes with a powerful 2,300mAh battery, up to 12 hours talk time and 30 days of standby time. Even if you spend most of the day making calls and sending texts, the Cat B35’s battery will be able to keep up with your busy lifestyle.

Hiking in the snow with a phone with a long-lasting battery

Apps and features to stay on track

Just because your phone is built to last doesn’t mean you should compromise on the features you love. The Cat B35 comes pre-loaded with Google Assistant, Google Maps, and Google Search. You can also stay in touch with friends and family on your favourite apps – Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp are available from the KaiStore. Finally, if you’re worried about having sensitive information on your phone, or losing it, you can set up the Cat B35’s anti-theft remote lock and erase features for peace of mind.

Protecting your phone

get go fone - our official accessories partner - offers a wide range of accessories that are compatible with our best-selling handsets. From sturdy cases and scratch-resistant screen protectors to power banks, there’s a huge range of accessories to choose from. You can even buy great-value protection packs which include a screen and a case.

Phone protectors and cases