The B15 Cat Phone isn’t the first “ruggedized” smartphone and isn’t even the first to be designed by Caterpillar. But it is probably the first that you’d want to use.
Most phones meant to withstand punishment have a silly amount of heavy-duty rubber casing around them, and their functionality is an afterthought. Contractors, construction workers and other people with dirty jobs have typically been stuck with giant, ugly and subpar phones.
The B15 is relatively thin, light, and has most of the standard smartphone features: Google’s Android 4.1 operating system, a 4.1-inch touchscreen, a 5-megapixel camera and HD video recording. Of course, it’s not really going to compete with the specifications of the Apple iPhone 5 or the Samsung Galaxy S4, but it’s a perfectly decent phone.
If Caterpillar’s smartphone doesn’t exactly pack a punch, the B15 can certainly take one: It can withstand water up to a depth of 1 meter, for up to 30 minutes. The screen works perfectly well when it is wet, unlike most smartphones. And the silver anodized aluminum and rubber casing of the B15 protect it from drops of up to six feet.
Caterpillar tried out the concept a year ago with the B10 smartphone. But that device was an inch thick and about as attractive as a front-end loader.
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