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Best rugged smartphones for people who work outdoors

Need a phone with a great build that can handle a good amount of impact? Here are our picks.

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If you’re looking for a tough and durable smartphone that can withstand tough conditions, there aren’t many options out there. Not every major smartphone brand comes out with regular offerings in this category, but there are certain established players with great products to offer. Here are our picks for the best rugged smartphones for people who work outdoors.

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Nokia XR20

Price: Rs 46,999

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Nokia XR20

In the last few years, Nokia has put out some decent smartphones but it is still a long way from reclaiming the market share it once had. However, when it comes to rugged smartphones, Nokia has one of the best products out there in the form of the Nokia XR20. With an IP68 rating, drop-to-concrete resistance from up to 1.8m, and MIL-STD-810H compliance, the XR20 can handle anything you throw at it. This smartphone is designed to last and comes with 4 years of monthly security updates and up to 3 years of OS version upgrades. With the ultra-solid case and Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection, this smartphone can easily absorb damage without a hiccup.

Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro

Price: Rs 39,690

Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro

Samsung’s entry into the rugged smartphone category is characterised by its sleek design with no compromise on durability and ruggedness. The XCover Pro is rated IP68 and has a drop of resistance from up to 1.5m. On top of that, it is also MIL-STD-810G compliant. The 6.3-inch display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. In terms of security, the XCover Pro gets Samsung’s Knox anti-hacking software. One of the better features of the XCover Pro is that it comes with a 4,050 mAh removable battery, allowing users to easily replace it with a charged unit when it runs out.

Blackview BV9900 Pro

Price: Rs 35,314

Blackview BV9900 Pro

The Blackview BV9900 Pro is designed for intensive outdoor use in challenging environments. This smartphone can handle a great amount of physical impact along with water damage, humidity, solar radiation, and extreme temperatures. The BV9900 Pro is also equipped with a thermal imaging camera that can locate the heat source and produce a thermal image with an accurate temperature. If that’s not enough, the smartphone also comes with a heart rate monitor.

Doogee S98 Pro

Doogee S98 Pro

The Doogee S98 Pro is drop resistant from up to 1.5m and is MIL-STD-810G compliant. On top of that, it is rated IP68/IP69K for dust/water resistance. In terms of features, the S98 Pro gets thermal imaging, night vision, a compass, a flashlight, and a protractor. Powering the S98 Pro is the MediaTek MT6781 Helio G96 chipset. It also gets 256GB of internal storage and 8GB RAM. The massive 6,000 mAh battery is one of the best you can get in this category. 

Motorola Defy

Motorola Defy

Closing out this list is the Motorola Defy. This smartphone is drop proof up to 1.8m and fully waterproof for up to 1.5m for 35 minutes. The IP68 rating also ensures that the smartphone is thoroughly dust and sand-proof. Defy can also perform in extreme weather conditions and has been tested for prolonged periods between -25°C to 55°C. It can last up to 2 days on a single charge and also gets 20W fast charging. The display screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

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Conclusion

These are our picks for the best rugged smartphones for people who work outdoors. While there may not be a diverse range of products in this category, these phones are built to last under tough conditions and usually come with multiple years of security and OS updates. Think there’s another smartphone that deserves to be on this list? Let us know in the comments!

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