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The Best Tough Phones for Builders

While it’s certainly possible for anyone to own a tough phone be they butcher, baker or candlestick maker it is true that certain industries have a greater need for the ruggedized phone than others.

We’re namely looking at anyone within the construction game: builders, carpenters, bricklayers, plumbers, electricians etc… (You get the idea).

Working on site can be hazardous to even the most well protected of iPhones and sometimes that £5 case from the Sunday market just won’t cut it – this is why we’ve pooled together a list of our toughest handsets that even the burliest of builders won’t (or shouldn’t) be able to destroy.

So sit down, take the hardhat off and make yourself a builders brew as we run you through our top five tough phones for the builders game – alright me old mucker?!

RugGear RG100RugGear RG100

We just love this little handset, while it may not ‘look’ like your typical tough phone it certainly has the certifications to back it up.

The RG100 is both waterproof and dustproof with its IP68 rating, the handset is also tested at US Military Standard so you don’t need to worry about this handset taking a few knocks – it’ll keep going.

With a 2.0” RugDisplay-Glass anti-scratch screen that is rated at ‘Gorilla Glass 2 hardness’ this device is capable of withstanding anything that it could come into contact with when on site, be it nails & screws, metal filings, the odd drill bit or just being thrown in the back of a van or tool box.

There are plenty of other features that make the RugGear RG100 a great handset, like the built-in torch, GPS functionality and 1.3MP camera.

RugGear RG100:


DefenderThis is where we start to look at something a little bit smarter and the Defender is a great place to start. The Defender has an IP68 rating which means that it is completely impervious to dust ingress and is also waterproof – the device also has the MIL-STD 810G certification which is a military grade device protection rating.

The Defender is powered by a 1.2GHz Quad-Core processor with 1GB RAM keeping things running smoothly. There is a 2600 mAh removable battery on board, not the largest but we also offer a spare battery just in case you ever need it.

Running on the Android 4.2 OS the Defender has access to the latest apps from the Google Play Store as well as numerous features that this iteration of Android brings. The handset is also capable of accepting two sim cards with it’s dual-sim set-up, this is great for those who have more than one phone number, or more than one phone as it helps you to bring everything together into one easy to use handset.


TUFF T400s

TUFF T400sThe TUFF T400s is a mid-range 4G capable handset that comes equipped with a 5-inch Gorilla Glass 4 screen and features a toughened outer casing.

This tough smartphone is running on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) OS with power coming from a 1.5GHz quad-core MediaTek 6737T processor and 2GB RAM – more than enough to keep the device feeling responsive, no matter what you’re using it for. The TUFF T400s is powered by a monstrous 5000 mAh battery that will keep your handset running all day long - standby time is rated at around 580 hours!

There's a 13MP Sony CMOS camera on the rear of the handset with a flash that can take great photos, and with 16GB internal storage you can snap away at your heart’s content. If you do manage to fill up your storage however you can always expand it up to 128GB via the use of a MicroSD card.

This is a handset that you can take anywhere – it can withstand the harshest of environments and is fully waterproof and completely impervious to dust thanks to it's IP68 rating, plus the device has been tested for protection against drops and shocks!

TUFF T400s:


TUFF T1The TUFF T1 is our number one tough mobile phone for builders, it’s very smart, incredibly tough and looks great too! The handset is rated at IP68 so is dust proof and completely waterproof and has also been tested for protection against drops and shocks.

With a powerful 1.5GHz quad-core MediaTek 6737T processor driving the T1 you can be sure that this device will be capable of meeting your everyday needs. There is 3GB RAM on-board with a 3000 mAh battery which will see you safely through the day.

The device has a rugged construction with an aluminium-titanium alloy frame which helps to keep that weight down. The display itself is also tough with the device boasting a 5.0” Sharp IGZO display that's protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4 which helps to prevent scratches appearing on the display.

Essentially a tough smartphone, the TUFF T1 comes equipped with a 13MP Sony CMOS rear facing camera with LED flash that takes fantastic photos, perfect for when on site and needing to take that quick snap!

There is 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded via MicroSD Card with up to an extra 128GB – more than enough to keep your favourite apps and features on the handset.



So there we have it, our run down of the handsets we think are best for builders. We’ve covered a range of handsets from the very basic up to handsets that can do practically anything (except fit the kitchen sink).

We feel that any of these handsets would make for a very happy builder and could be considered to be the most important item in anyone’s toolbox.

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