Top Rugged Smartphones of 2016

by Suhaib 1

Our smartphones have a tendency to fall or slip whenever they want. Once in a while we have to deal with shattered displays, broken panels, and other internal hardware malfunctions. Some people drop their phones more than other and this is when rugged smartphones come into play. 2016 has seen a lot of activity as far as smartphones are considered. Here we are listing best-rugged smartphones of 2016.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Active

samsung galaxy s7 active

The Galaxy S7 Active is the rugged version of the popular Galaxy S7. The phone features Military Standard 810G certification as well as IP68 certification. It’s one of the most powerful rugged phones out there, if that’s what you are looking for. There have been some complaints about the phone’s waterproofing (should technically survive 30 minutes under water) but it should handle most mishaps due to water without any issues.


  • 5.1-inch 2K display
  • Snapdragon 820 chipset
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB ROM
  • IP68 Certification
  • Military Standard 810G certification
  • 13MP + 5 MP camera
  • 4000mAh battery

Price -$794.99 (5388 Yuan)


Nomu S30

nomu s30

This new entrant comes with the decent Helio P10 processor with ample 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. There’s a 1080p Sharp display on board, which function even with your gloves on. It’s IP68 certified as well, meaning its waterproof as well as dustproof. There’s a dedicated SOS button as well for emergencies. Finally, the 5000mAh battery and the efficient Helio P10 chip will ensure that the phone runs for a couple of days easily, even under heavy usage. Given that the Nomu S30 costs just $259.99, with these features, it is definitely a popular rugged option right now.


  • 5.5-inch 1080p SHARP display
  • Helio P10 chipset
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB ROM
  • IP68 Waterproof & dustproof
  • 5000mAh battery with PE charging tech

Price- $259.99 (1762 Yuan)


DuraForce Pro

duraforce pro

Wondering which phone Bear Grylls use during this wild adventures? It’s from the Kyocera brand which is known for making rugged smartphones. The Duraforce Pro is the flagship handset and comes with Snapdragon 617, 2GB RAM and a 5-inch display. You get a decent 3240mAh battery as well. There’s IP68 certification as well, so no worries about taking the phone outside. The only major drawback of the phone is its price. For the specs, we could have expected a cheaper price tag for the device.


  • 5.0-inch FHD display
  • Snapdragon 617 chipset
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB ROM
  • 13MP + 5MP camera
  • 3240mAh battery
  • IP68 rating

Price – $418.99 (2840 Yuan)


Cat S60


Cat S60 is yet another popular brand in the rugged smartphone market. If you are wondering why this phone makes the list, despite its higher price tag, then note that the phone comes with a professional FLIR thermal camera, not found in any of the above phones in the list. Specs are not too amazing, but its decent with Snapdragon 617, 3GB RAM and a 4.7-inch 720p display. Yes, we would have loved the resolution to be 1080p, especially when the pricing is upwards of $500. But specs are not really the focus, rather the Thermal camera which lets you pinpoint the exact temperature of an object is the real highlight.


  • 4.7-inch 720p display
  • Snapdragon 617 chipset
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB ROM
  • 13MP + 5MP camera
  • 3800mAh battery
  • FLIR thermal camera

Price – $599.99 (4066 Yuan)

Read More: Nomu S30 Review – A Rugged Phone with Decent Looks

If you are looking for a phone with flagship grade specs, look no further than the Galaxy S7 Active. It’s costly, but the specs will be worth it. If you want a rugged phone with a fingerprint sensor, then you should be happy with the Kyocera smartphone. CAT S60 is really for users who want to take advantage of its Thermal Camera. But if you want a rugged smartphone that comes with pretty good specs and won’t cost you a fortune, then the Nomu S30 is a good option. The specs are powerful, the battery is super large and the $259.99 price tag makes it somewhat affordable.

So, which one would you choose?