While the smart phone market is always coming out with faster and more technologically advanced devices, many still prefer simple devices. Having a cell phone that can take a drop on cement and keep going strong provides many with the features they need. There are a handful of devices that are design for such purposes. Some of these rugged phones include Casio’s G’zone Ravine, Motorola’s Brute i686 and Samsung’s Rugby II A847. While these phones may not have some of the capabilities offered on more expensive smartphones, but have fast find telephone numbers phonebooks and good GPS, they do feature a rugged shell that protects from drops, vibration, rain, humidity, solar radiation, altitude and temperature extremes.
Casio G’zone Ravine
The Casio G’zone Ravine is a rugged phone available on Verizon’s network. It also includes useful tools like a digital compass, pedometer, thermometer and tide tables. This durable phone can withstand the harsh climates and is even water proof. It has a cool design and stands out from other phones. Other notable features include: a 300 minute battery, GPS capabilities, text, picture, video and voice messaging, a 3.2 megapixel camera with flash. The phone is available for $149.99 with a new 2 year contract with Verizon.
Motorola’s Brute i686
Motorola’s Brute i686 is a really affordable and rugged device available on the Sprint network. The design of the rubberized molding and textured materials makes it withstand a harsh environment including water immersion. The battery included on the phone lasts 350 minutes. There’s a dual color display, Bluetooth support, text and picture messaging and storage for over 1000 numbers. The phone is available for under $100 and includes and a 2 megapixel camera.
Rugby II A847
AT&T offers a low priced rugged phone called the Rugby II A847 by Samsung. This device features data speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps for quick email and text messaging. You can even connect this mobile phone to your PC for quick access to data files and web browsing. The rugged military spec phone is extremely durable so it’s perfect for construction workers or people whose job is extremely physical. The additional features of the device include: 180 minute talk time, GPS functionality, lightweight at 3.5 oz., a 2 megapixel camera, and a phone book capacity of 1000 numbers.
Ruggedized phones are great for people who are accident prone or who need a sturdy device able to withstand the elements in harsh work conditions. Most of the major networks offer a ruggedized phone that would suit your needs and you can choose the design that fits your personality.