Best Rugged Phones (Smartphones) for Builders

Move into Technology With These 5 Great Phones

Communication through rugged phones is so important on our business and with the technology moving and changing so fast, your crews need to be equipped with only but the best of phones. Having the ability to snap pictures, record videos, make annotations, uploading data and obviously making calls or receiving texts, is now part of the job. There are many options out there for you to use, that will enhance productivity and will make construction process easier for you. Here is a list of some of best, ready to get beaten, phones for you to consider. Pick your favorite one! 

Brigadier by Kyocera

Brigadier by Kyocera
Brigadier by Kyocera. Photo J Rodriguez

This great phone by Kyocera is waterproof and dust-proof. You can use it while raining to take photos of actual conditions on how the site is draining or to evidence ponding water. The company claims the phone can be immersed in water for up to 30 minutes , six feet deep. However, the phone is not meant to be used underwater and should be dried as soon as possible. It offers the Military Standard 810G protection against dust, shock, vibration, temperature extremes, blowing rain, low pressure, solar radiation, salt fog, humidity, blowing rain and water immersion. Its front speakers are so loud that can be compared as a jackhammer being used just 6 feet away. It has a touchscreen that can be used with your gloves on and even wet.


Cat S50
Cat S50. Photo Kickmobiles

The CAT S50 phone is 4G compatible and equipped with Android operating platform. This excellent rugged ​phone, is waterproof and just like the previous one, the touchscreen can be used with wet fingers.It offers waterproof, dust-proof and scratch-resistant capabilities making ideal for that rough work. It is equipped with a pre-loaded App store with some great apps for the construction pro.

Sonim XP7

Sonim XP7
Sonim XP7. Photo J Rodriguez

Unknown for many, the Sonim XP7 offers a great rugged option. Offering LTE/WiF/Android operating system, this phone has a touch screen that can also be used while wearing your gloves. The manufacturer indicates that this unit can withstand drops as high as 6 feet into concrete surfaces without any major damages, waterproof and has a powerful battery for many hours of text and calls. Comes with a 3-year

Kyocera Torque KC-S701

Kyocera Torque
Kyocera Torque. Photo J Rodriguez

Another great rugged phone, offering Military Standard 10G protection against dust, shock, vibration, temperature extremes, blowing rain, low pressure, solar radiation, salt fog, humidity, and water immersion. It can withstand dust for at least 6 hours, and can be dropped from 4 feet high and will still be functioning. It can withstand almost 10 days in humid environment and submerged in water for 30 minutes at a depth of 5 feet.

Sony Xperia Z3 Plus

Sony Xperia
Sony Xperia. Photo J Rodriguez

The Sony rugged phone offers HD quality images and can be submerged for more than 30 minutes in 3 feet of water. It can also be used with your gloves on and it comes with the Android operating system. It has external memory capabilities through a micro SD card and has a 5MP front facing camera. The Sony rugged phone also comes with FM radio, and additional tools that can be used over WiFi, 4GLTE, and extended battery life.

Rugged Phones Options

This list of great rugged phones is just a short list of some good phones available for the construction pro. Check your carrier for options and additional features from this phones.