Top Five Android Phones for Rugged, Outdoor and Rough Use

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Nowadays Android phones are available in various shapes and sizes. Mobile phone manufacturers offer a wide variety of cell phones running Android Operating System strategically targeting each set of customers. If you are the one who believes in living the moment, trying out new things in life, taking risks and needs your cell phone to keep up with the rugged use, then you must be in need of a toughened device. Here are top five best rugged smartphone 2018  (Android phones) for rugged, Outdoor and rough use which will match your adventurous spirit and keep you connected when you are on the go.

Top Five Best Rugged Smartphone 2018 Android Phones

These rugged Android smartphones come with durable body panels to withstand any situation, designed for travel junkies and adventurers. They are also certified heat resistant, dustproof, and water resistant. Let’s take a look at the top 5 rugged Android phones available in the market.


The American Fortune 100 Construction Machinery Equipment manufacturer Caterpillar Inc. makes smartphones too. The company’s CAT S-lineup smartphones are popular for their ultra-rugged body panels and ability to withstand any rough situation. Among them, the CAT S61 is the latest one that has been announced back in MWC 2018.

CAT 61 : best rugged smartphone 2018

As usual, the device has a rugged style design, with toughened body panel. Now, it has a larger screen, of 5.2-inches covered up with Gorilla Glass 5. The device houses Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, 4GB RAM. Also, it has a thermal imaging camera, heat palettes, temperature spot meter, and a larger battery of 4500mAh. The device will cost you around US$1000.


The AGM X2 is a rugged device with mid-range hardware. The smartphone comes with 5.5-inch display and a humongous battery of 6000mAh. Comparatively, it is too expensive and does not come with any extra set of sensors to utilize at work (like a thermal camera).

AGM X2 best rugged smartphone 2018

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Active is the flagship in the rugged smartphone market. The device is just the rough version of Galaxy S8 which released earlier last year. There might be a rugged variant of S9 this year, but right now, the S8 Active is the only latest model available.

S8 Active best rugged smartphone 2018

You can get Snapdragon 835 SoC, 4GB RAM on the hardware side. Feature-wise, the Galaxy S8 Active boasts a shatterproof display with Gorilla Glass 5 and an ultra-durable military grade metal frame. Pricing starts from US$849.

Ulefone Armor 2

THe Ulefone Armor 2 is one of the most-affordable toughened smartphone available to purchase in 2018. The smartphone has IP68 Waterproofing certification, which lets the device withstand up to one hour under water. Helio P25 Chipset along with 6 gigs of RAM powers up the smartphone onboard. SOme unique feature makes it worth buying, including the SOS Button and Barometer sensor.

Ulefone Armour 2 best rugged smartphone 2018


The DOOGEE S60 offers a premium-rugged experience at affordable pricing. The smartphone comes with many features that are missing from other competitors. You can get wireless charging, Gorilla Glass 5 protection and a 21MP main camera sensor on the rear.

DOOGEE S60 best rugged smartphone 2018

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