Best Rugged Android Phone Android Central 2019

More and more often, phones are being released with shiny glass backs, smooth metal frames, and other design elements to make them as attractive as can be. That's great if you prefer form over function, but what about if you're in the market for a smartphone that you don't need to baby nonstop? Here are the best rugged Android phones we could find!

Excellent value: Blackview BV5500

Staff pick

Rugged phones don't always have to be expensive, and the Blackview BV5500 is a perfect example of just that. This rugged phone features a MIL-STD-810G and IP68 ratings, meaning that it's drop-proof and you can submerge it in two meters of water for up to two hours. There's also a big 4,400 mAh battery, a 5.5-inch HD screen, and dual rear cameras.

$110 at Amazon

Does it all: CAT S61

Do you know the Caterpillar brand that makes construction equipment? That same company also makes Android phones, and the CAT S61 is its best yet. The S61 can be submerged in water up to 3 meters for 30 minutes, is protected against salt and sand, and is pressure resistant. It also comes with a thermal camera, laser-assisted distance measuring, and an indoor air quality monitor.

$710 at Amazon

Battery for days: DOOGEE S90

The DOOGEE S90 has established itself as a prime option in the rugged smartphone world. It touts a 6.18-inch Full HD+ display, octa-core processor, an IP68 water resistance rating, and MIL-STD-810G military-grade rating. There's a built-in 5,050 mAh battery, and thanks to the modular back, you can easily pop on the included battery pack accessory at any time — adding another 5,000 mAh capacity for a total of 10,050 mAh!

$433 at Amazon

Feature-rich: Ulefone Armor 6

If you want a rugged phone that doesn't skimp out on features or specs, the Ulefone Armor 6 is the way to go. It's got IP68 water/dust resistance, a rugged design, and protection against solar radiation, temperature, etc. You'll also find a 6.2-inch Full HD display, 6GB of RAM, wireless charging, face unlock, and NFC for Google Pay. Even better, it comes with a 16-month warranty!

$290 at Amazon

Really great value: CUBOT King Kong 3

One of the better values you'll find for rugged smartphones is the CUBOT King Kong 3. As far as features and price go, this thing soars. You're getting a 5.5-inch display, IP68 waterproofing, Gorilla Glass, and a rugged design that can withstand harsh temperatures, dust, and more. There's also a beefy 6,000 mAh battery, LTE connectivity, dual rear cameras, and a trusty fingerprint sensor.

$200 at Amazon

Easier on the wallet: CAT S41

Want a Caterpillar phone but don't have the cash for the S61? The S41 is another excellent pick that drops a few features in favor of a much smaller price tag. The CAT S41 is equipped with waterproofing up to two meters for 60 minutes, shock and drop-proofing up to six feet, and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 that's resistant to even the worst of scratches.

$350 at Amazon

If we had to make a choice

Now that you know which rugged phones we recommend, which one is right for you? For most people, we're inclined to recommend the Blackview BV5500. Blackview is one of the few manufacturers that continues to kick out quality rugged phones, and the BV5500 is a fantastic choice if you want a robust handset without spending too much cash.

It doesn't have the fastest processor or the best screen, but if you just want a phone that can do the basics while offering that rugged design you desire, it's hard to do better than this.

Another great choice is the Ulefone Armor 6. It's a bit more expensive than the BV5500, but you benefit from better specs across the board, in addition to features such as wireless charging and NFC. So long as you can get over the infamous notch, it's an excellent pick-up.

Lastly, if the battery is among your top concerns, the DOOGEE S90 with its huge 10,050 mAh capacity (between the phone and included battery pack) is absolutely worth keeping on your short list.

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