Cat S40 is the company's most rugged smartphone to date

29 July, 2015
Drop-proof up to 1.8m, the device carries IP68 and MIL-SPEC 810g specifications, modest hardware inside.

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  • Anonymous

AnonD-354781, 29 Jul 2015But its latest active iteration doesn't have an sd card slot, wh... moreThe Cat S40 does have an SD card

  • AnonD-90122

I would just buy a good Otterbox, Lifeproof, or a Survivor case. My Dad has used Iphone's with durable cases and the phone has survived the abuse. When I take them out of the case it looks brand new like day I put it in the case. When I gave my Dad flip phones they would only last about 3 to 6 months of abuse. The only flip phone that is still around is an unlocked Rugby 2 that my Dad uses sometimes just for calls.

  • TUES

Finally, time to move over my nokia 1100

  • AnonD-423640

Based on claimed ruggedness, this phone is tougher than the Samsung Galaxy s6 Active and Kyocera Hydro Life.
Beware that mil-std is just a list of suggested tests. Unless the manufacturer specifies the detailed test information or a third-party tester, claiming "mil-std certified" alone means nothing.

  • Aadrian

Anonymous, 30 Jul 2015The phone is built for businesses and industry that have environ... moreExactly, these rugged smartphones are extremely durable and meant for people who work in environments that ask for the need of such a phone.

The S6 active is no competition, that device is not made for such people and environments, but for people who just like to have a rugged phone.

  • Anonymous

It's funny how this article is intended to cause a hype here, yet s6, in all aspects, beats the crap out of this "rugged" phone.

*meant to say s6 Active.

  • ToastedBacon

Anonymous, 30 Jul 2015Yes another con.Good point well said. Lol. You just took it from this to that.

  • Anonymous

AnonD-322352, 30 Jul 2015At least it doesn't have TouchWiz...Yes another con.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active can handle a similar amount of abuse, having similar size, but its hardware is so much better! 4.7 vs 5.1 inch screen, 960x540 vs QHD screen. The advantage Cat S40 has is microSD slot, if its important for you. I've been using LG G2 for over a year now and didn't miss microSD slot ever. Oh, and availability issue - SGS6a is simply not available outside of USA...

  • Anonymous

THe phone is competetive with S6 active...Samsung reveal some information about S6 active and prepare lanuch new product soon..

  • AnonD-322352

At least it doesn't have TouchWiz...

  • Nick

I challenged this phone to a duel with my Nokia 3310 Smartphone with Snap Chipset.

  • Anonymous

AnonD-354781, 29 Jul 2015But its latest active iteration doesn't have an sd card slot, wh... moreGalaxy S5 Active have microsd card.

  • Anonymous

The phone is built for businesses and industry that have environments that are "punishing" for normal phones. Because of this, the amount of units they will sell will automatically be a lot lot lower than a mainstream device, meanings that costs are spread very thinly and don't economies of scale (etc). This is why it is expensive.

  • Anonymous

AnonD-354781, 29 Jul 2015But its latest active iteration doesn't have an sd card slot, wh... moreAccording to the image of the side it takes external storage

for now spec-wise outdoor is the best S6active, then S5a (meaning without shell). Is there any other brand to come with a rugged smartphone made out of flagship device? Sony f.ex. got ipx but some glass with that...

  • AnonD-402941

Its just a replacement for NOKIA 1100.

  • AnonD-354781

Anonymous, 29 Jul 2015Says you. This is very similar to Galaxy Xcover 3 released last ... moreBut its latest active iteration doesn't have an sd card slot, which was my point.

  • WhereAreThePixels

I just love the resolution...Let's count the pixels...hee haw (540 x 960 pixels), for a rather thin 234ppi...

  • ToastedBacon

It may be 'CAT', but Samsung does it a whole lot better.