The best rugged smartphones of 2019

Rugged smartphones can withstand everything from drops and knocks, to dust, water, and even excessive heat. Here are our top five choices for the best rugged phones of 2019...

Mike Mead


Whether you’re delivering technology to manufacturing experts on the shop floor, or you’re helping construction workers with constant access to the software that they need the, world is filled with people who can’t afford to be tethered to a desk. Field workers, frontline employees, and even remote staff members need mobile solutions to keep them connected to the office when they’re out working on behalf of your brand.

Unfortunately, the average smartphone might not be enough to support the typical business user however, a rugged phone could be the ideal solution for your needs.

Rugged smartphones can withstand everything from drops and knocks, to dust, water, and even excessive heat. Here are our top five choices for the best rugged phones of 2019…

1.   Cat S61 rugged smartphone

The Cat S61 is the only rugged device on the market today that comes with an IP69 rating. This product features support for a dual sim, and one of the most reliable structures in the industry. In fact, the Cat S61 can even withstand high-pressure water jets.

There’s plenty of rubber and polycarbonate on this phone to help absorb shock and protect your device from drops and impacts. Additionally, you’ll find an indoor air quality sensor that you won’t find in a lot of other products, as well as a laser-assisted distance measurement tool. Aside from the extra functions for ruggedness, the Cat S61 also offers some handy smartphone features, like 4GB of RAM, a 5.2-inch 1080p screen, and Android operating system.

2.   Hammer Energy 18×9

The Hammer Energy 18×9 is an armoured smartphone that comes with a full HD screen and the latest Android operating system. The model features a reinforced casing that comes with a Sony 13 megapixel camera, an NFC system and a fingerprint reader for extra security. Not only is the Hammer Energy incredibly robust, but it’s designed to withstand everything from water and dust, to high falls.

To make sure that your team members can get next-level productivity out of this product, Hammer has made the device using a Quad-Core MTK6739 processor, with 3GB of Ram. The Hammer Energy is one of the few rugged smartphones available today that offers exceptional business performance combined with all the must-have capabilities of a standard smartphone.

3.   AGM X3 Rugged Smartphone

The AGM Rugged Smartphone is one of the most reliable and popular tools in the AGM portfolio. Designed with a series of powerful components to transform the way that your team members work on the go, the AGM is packed with exceptional features and a great design. Alongside a surprisingly elegant design and a low price point, the AGM offers capabilities like wireless charging and flagship software.

Unlike some of the other items on this list, while AGM has built its product to the highest standards for rugged performance, it doesn’t look much different than a standard smartphone. There are two microphone holes and a Type C USB connector in the button of the phone. There’s also a fingerprint sensor included with this device so you can use biometrics as part of your security strategy.

4.   Blackview BV7000 Pro

The Blackview BV7000 Pro is a state-of-the-art product aimed at supporting a wider audience, beyond the typical contract workers and builders that usually purchase rugged smartphones. This unique device offers a beautiful screen that works well even in the brightest daylight. Additionally, there are a few extra special features built in – like smart somatosensory, which means that you can use a wave of your hand to trigger crucial events.

Whilst the Blackview BV7000 doesn’t have the option to tap into wireless charging and NFC. The BV7000 Pro does offer an excellent solution for many companies on the search for a mid-level rugged option.

5.   Zebra TC75x

Finally, the Zebra TC75x is another mid-range rugged smartphone that brings excellent performance to the world of high-performance robust devices. At first glance the high price tag on this product may be off putting however, the handset makes up for the extra expense in a lot of different ways, with a fantastic application suite, and amazing build-quality throughout.

The Zebra TC75x is the arguably the most cutting-edge product on this list so far, with features like a 4620mAH battery and around 4GB of RAM. Even the camera stands up to scrutiny, offering 13MP on the rear, and 5MP on the front.

Investing in rugged smartphones for 2020

A rugged smartphone can be a crucial investment for many businesses in the modern landscape. These state-of-the-art devices ensure that you can empower your mobile workers, without putting your technology investments at risk.

Interested in investing in rugged smartphones for your business? If so, contact the Nice Network team today to see how we can help you procure the best devices to meet your needs.