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    Advice on rugged phone

    by 30079108882978609509277629959579-30079108882978609509277629959579 ·

    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.

    [SPOILER][/SPOILER]

    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!

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    • #3939347

      Why these?

      by rproffitt ·

      In reply to Advice on rugged phone

      Maybe you think these will take more abuse? That’s not what I see from where I am.

      Let’s read https://www.techradar.com/reviews/cat-s52-rugged-smartphone

      I carry the now dated Moto g7+ and it’s fine. I have an old Pixel 3 that I will consider replacing with the new 5a after that ships and reviews come out.

    • #3939345

      Another phone suggestion…..

      by birdmantd ·

      In reply to Advice on rugged phone

      You might see if SONIM sells compatible phones in your country. In the US, they are known for their “rugged” phones and usually at a medium to budget price. Best wishes. I don’t have a specific model to recommend but you can do an internet search for details/reviews.

    • #3939340

      Changed my mind

      by 30079108882978609509277629959579-30079108882978609509277629959579 ·

      In reply to Advice on rugged phone

      I’m getting the vibe from users in other forums that a rugged doesn’t suite me!

      So I might just get a normal phone with a good rugged case.

      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:

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

      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?

    • #3938847

      Advice on rugged phone

      by toddyhills74 ·

      In reply to Advice on rugged phone

      Go for BV
      just a advice from my side

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