Top 5 Rugged Cell Phones

These heavy-duty cell phones meet U.S. military requirements

If your line of work is hard on your cell phone and you need a heavy-duty phone that can stand up to advanced wear and tear, look for phones that meet the U.S. Department of Defense MIL-STD-810G military standards for durability and survivability. If they come with a high IP certification, that's even better. These rugged phones may not win any beauty contests, but you won't mind when they survive the roughest care your active lifestyle can throw at them.

The Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro is a small but tough phone that is IP68 certified and ideal for the great outdoors. It meets military specifications for blowing rain and sand, high humidity and thermal shock. It is also dust and shock resistant and can be submerged in 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. It's 4-inch, anti-scratch touch screen and backlit keys make it easy to use at night or in bad weather.  

Caterpiller CAT S60
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The CAT S60 from ​Caterpillar is the world's first thermal imaging smartphone. This Android phone with a 4.7-inch display is perfect for anyone who works outside and needs a durable phone. The CAT S60 GSM smartphone fits the bill and fulfills tough military standards. The phone has an IP68 certification and can withstand being immersed in up to 16 feet of water for 60 minutes. It is reinforced with a strengthened die-cast frame that makes it drop-proof to 3 feet.


Kyocera added sapphire glass to its Brigadier phone to make it tougher and more drop-resistant. This Verizon phone meets the U.S. Department of Defense Military Standards for shock, vibration, extreme temperatures, rain, low pressure, solar radiation and water immersion and is certified IP68. The 4.5-inch glove-friendly touch screen display is made of sapphire glass. People who work in loud environments will find the Brigadier's loud, dual front speakers indispensable. This phone is designed for extreme conditions and on-the-go lifestyles. 

Samsung Galaxy S7 Active
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The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active has IP68 certification and meets the MIL-STD-810G standards. It is basically the same phone as the Galaxy S7 except it is encased is a super-protective shell. This AT&T-exclusive phone is shattered- and water-resistant. With a fingerprint scanner and 5.1-inch display, it delivers top-notch smartphone performance in a rough-and-tumble package.

 The LG X Venture is a military-grade shock resistant cellphone with a 5.2-inch display. It is dust and water resistant and can be operated while you are wearing gloves. It is well shielded from extreme temperatures and drops. The metal frame has reinforced corners for even better protection. This AT&T phone is rated IP68 for dust and water resistance. With a front and rear camera, the LG X Venture can keep up with your most extreme activities.