Advice for rugged phone

padawan90

Member
Hi everyone. My old Moto E4 is not functioning properly: display issues, connectivity, freezes, so it needs to be replaced.

I'm a outdoor guide so this time I'd like to buy a rugged phone that can last to falls, dives, dust, low temp.

Overall I'd say I do a standard use of the phone: no games, use the browser quite a lot and youtube as well, email app, common applications for home banking, transports, maps, music etc...

I'm in two minds though. I've been reading and watching reviews about two models:

Cat s52
260-300 €

Blackview BV4900 Pro
160 €


Find a general specs comparison in the following picture.

It seems to me that the BV has a better hardware compared to the CAT.

Although Bv owners have reported several issues with the display, connectivity or general software problems.

Probably buying a CAT would make me feel more assured because it's a big brand afterall, if I need technical support and so on.

On the other hand I feel like considering it's spechs the CAT is a bit expensive...

What would you suggest?

Thank you!
 

Gallifreyan

Active Member
What about the Nokia XR20?

 

padawan90

Member
Yeah actually I'm getting the same feedback from other users in other forums.

So yeah. I changed my mind.


I've always had old phones so probably this time I'd go with something more recent (maybe over the past two years at the most).

And I was thinking, just to feel the upgrade to my Moto E4, a good CPU, better than this at least:

Chipset Mediatek MT6737 (28 nm)
CPU Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU Mali-T720


with 4gb RAM. I'm happy with 64gb ROM,I tend to keep the phone quite empty from any useless stuff.

A good battery indeed, or anyway a model that would last more than 24h.

Main issue for me is the dimension. I really don't want a huge screen so I'd keep it within 155mm maybe (plus the cover).

So far the closest model to these reqs is the Galaxy Xcover 5 (which is also a rugged).
But maybe there's some Huawei or Motorola which I missed.

I'd also keep it below 250€ (max 300€ but ideally with 250 I have room for a good rugged case).

Any advices modelwise?
 
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Hixs

Distinguished Member
Latest or reasonably new Redmi phone with a rugged case. My note 5 has been dropped, thrown and throughly battered since I bought it in 2017...still works and no cracks on the screen. That's without a case too. Never seen water mind. Been close to it bog diving, but quick hands!
 

depot

Well-known Member
Very few phones are 155mm or less nowadays because of all the crazy 20:9 ratio screens, Xiaomi phones are great value for the specs and have superb build quality but the software can be very frustrating at times.
 

password1

Distinguished Member
I have a Xiaomi redmi note 5.. It's been on holiday with me, travelled thousands of miles, dropped onto hard ground prob a hundred times, rolled down steps and still works flawlessly. Budget priced but feels premium with its metal (mainly) case.

I use the case it came with and use a cheap screen protector. The screen protector is very scratched but underneath the phone is still in great condition. No cracks or dents.

We have two other Xiaomi phones in the family and they are all well built.
 

password1

Distinguished Member
Very few phones are 155mm or less nowadays because of all the crazy 20:9 ratio screens, Xiaomi phones are great value for the specs and have superb build quality but the software can be very frustrating at times.
I don't have a problem with Xiaomi's user interface. Underneath the skin, it's android. Besides some people put their own skin or overwrite the factory ROM.
 

depot

Well-known Member
I don't have a problem with Xiaomi's user interface. Underneath the skin, it's android. Besides some people put their own skin or overwrite the factory ROM.

Largely I don’t either, but it can be frustrating setting it up, like getting it to automatically connect to home WiFi, losing the ability to use some apps like accubattery, but there great value for money, My current phone is a Xiaomi redmi note 10s
 

password1

Distinguished Member
I dont have a problem connecting or disconnecting to wifi. Simply turn the wifi on and it automatically detects.

Ive never installed a separate app to monitor battery usage on any phone and just look at the battery % left.
 

depot

Well-known Member
I have (but it’s sorted now)

You don’t get the choice to install a battery app because Xiaomi stops them working, but again great phones but xiaomi’s software has its quirks.
 

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