Most Durable Phones

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Looking for a smartphone that effortlessly handles the elements? Our top seven durable phone choices feature anti-impact technology, extreme weather functionality, and in some cases, flagship phone performance.

The best durable smartphones are element-proof. This means they’re typically dustproof and waterproof, as well as being sturdy enough to withstand drops, knocks, and all manner of other shocks, making them ideal for people who work or pursue hobbies in the great outdoors.

All our selections have undergone stringent IP68 assessments to ensure they meet standards for protection against extreme temperatures, shock, dust, and water.

AGSAM X3

AGSAM X3

Specifications

Weight 200g
Dimensions 167.5 x 81.5 x 10.5mm
OS Android 8.1 Oreo
Screen 5.99in Full-HD+ (2160x1080) 18:9 display with Gorilla Glass 5
RAM 6/8GB
Storage 64/128GB storage, MicroSD up to 128GB
Battery 4,100mAh battery; quick Charge 3.0 (includes wireless charging)
Camera 12Mp + 24Mp Sony dual-lens AI camera and a 20Mp selfie camera

The AGM X3 takes its rightful place at the top of the rugged smartphone pile, due to its blend of durability, elegance and premium features. This svelte, yet rugged handset features localised support and boasts components that rival current flagship models.

The X3 also features the patented ‘Armoured Madman Design’, which establishes its IP68 rating and MIL-STD-810G military certification. These features ensure optimal performance at extreme temperatures (between -30-60°C) and waterproof functionality up to 1.5m deep for up to half an hour.

CAT S61

CAT S61

Specifications

Weight 250g
Dimensions 163 x 78 x 13mm
OS Android 8.1 Oreo
Screen Super bright 5.2” Display – FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, auto switch support and wet-finger/glove-on working technology. Includes Gorilla Glass 5
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB, expandable via microSD card
Battery 4500mAh; quick charge 4.0 compatible
Camera 16MP autofocus with PDAF (rear) Dual LED fixed focus flash (front)

Succeeding the hugely popular CAT S60, the S61 refines rather than rethinks; enhancing its predecessor’s stellar features to produce another industry leading rugged smartphone. CAT’s latest iteration boasts a more powerful thermal imaging sensor, a sharper laser measuring tool and a more refined ambient air sensor.

Be warned; the CAT S61 isn’t the shy, retiring type, having been unashamedly built for toughness. If the Samsung Galaxy S10 and iPhone 11 are likened to smartphone sports cars, the S61 is closer to an armoured truck. In fact, the rubberised back panel feels more like a car tyre than a smartphone chassis! But this is no accident; the S61 is built to both IP68 and IP69 standards and can survive drops of up to 1.8m – directly onto concrete.

And that’s not all - the raised ridge around the screen reinforces its durability, while its operating range of between -25-55°C enables uninterrupted functionality in the worst weather conditions.

Despite its rugged, reinforced construction, it’s best to err on the side of caution by adding CAT S61 insurance to your handset package. After all – if you need a phone this tough, you probably have more reason than most to need it in full working order!

Doogee S90

Doogee S90

Specifications

Weight 302g
Dimensions 170 x 80 x 15mm
OS Android 8.1 Oreo
Screen 6.18 inches
RAM 6GB
Storage 128GB, expandable via microSD card
Battery 5050 mAh
Camera 16+8MP (rear), 8 MP (front)

With a tagline of the ‘Versatile Unbreakable Smartphone’, the Doogee S90 certainly has a lot to live up to – and it succeeds in almost every way.

Renouncing svelte aesthetics for old-school flap cover ports, thick rubber bumpers and visible chassis screws, the S90 features a reinforced construction that allows it to be submerged 1.5m deep for up to two weeks, while its IP69K certification means it can withstand high pressure steam jet cleaning. It’s even freezeproof.

What’s more, the S90 includes numerous handy add-ons that attach to the rear panel. These include a walkie talkie module, wireless charger, night vision camera, gamepad and a huge 5,000mAh battery, making it a rugged all-rounder worthy of your consideration.

Blackview BV5500

Blackview BV5500

Specifications

Weight 225g
Dimensions 75.5 x 152.2 x 14 mm
OS Android 8.1 Oreo
Screen 5.5 inches
RAM 2GB
Storage 16GB, expandable storage via microSD
Battery 4400 mAh, Li-Polymer
Camera 8MP (rear), 5MP (front)

The Blackview BV5500 represents another affordable China-made option that packs numerous features under its reinforced military grade chassis. Features include a large 5.5’’ display, powerful battery, polycarbonate construction and Android 8.1 Oreo. This rugged handset is ideal for outdoor workers and hobbyists alike.

Ulefone Armor 6

Ulefone Armor 6

Specifications

Weight 268g
Dimensions 13.2 x 166 x 83mm
OS Android 8.1 Oreo
Screen 6.2-inch capacitive multi-touch screen
RAM 6GB
Storage 128GB, expandable up to 256GB with SD card
Battery 5000 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Camera 16MP (rear), 13+8MP (front)

Ulefone continues to push boundaries in the durable smartphone sphere, with the Armor 6 neatly encapsulating their forward-thinking engineering.

Structurally tough and intelligent within, the latest Armor iteration is perfect for those seeking a durable handset that effortlessly handles the elements. It’s waterproof, drop-proof, shockproof and dustproof – establishing the Armor 6 as a rugged, durable smartphone that’ll accompany you in the most demanding environments.

And the features don’t end there. It’s also equipped with a Gorilla Glass Full HD+ display, wireless charging, a dual lens camera, and IP68 certification - making this an affordable, flagship feature rugged smartphone.

Samsung XCover 4

Samsung XCover 4

Specifications

Weight 172g
Dimensions 146.2 x 73.3 x 9.7mm
OS Android 9.0 Pie, 8.1 Oreo or 7.0 Nougat
Screen 5 inches
RAM 2GB
Storage 16GB, expandable up to 256GB with microSDXC card
Battery 2800 mAh
Camera 13MP (rear), 5MP (front)

Traditionally associated with sleek, industry leading designs, Samsung’s latest entry sees the electrical powerhouse take on the rugged smartphone market – and the results are impressive.

Despite being the lowest priced phone on our list, the XCover 4 effortlessly blends sophisticated aesthetics with a reinforced construction that meets both IP68 and Mil-STD 810G standards.

Aside from its svelte, yet rugged build, the XCover 4 keeps your hands warm and dry during use, thanks to its 100% glove-compatible intuitive display; and you’ll never get caught short while working outdoors, courtesy of its 2800mAh battery.

The XCover 4 runs Android’s latest OS, allowing you to install all your favourite apps, while its sophisticated dual camera lets you capture those special moments at the touch of a button.

OnePlus 5T

OnePlus 5T

Specifications

Weight 162g
Dimensions 156.1 x 75 x 7.3mm
OS Android Nougat 7.1
Screen 6 inches
RAM 6/8GB
Storage 64/128GB
Battery 3,300 mAh
Camera 16+20MP (rear), 16MP (front)

If you’re looking for a smartphone that isn’t quite military grade but will still be around for the long haul, the OnePlus 5T is our go-to handset. Featuring heat and scratchproof Gorilla Glass 5 and a hard aluminium oxide exterior, the 5T resists bends, bumps and scratches, so you can rest assured it won’t get damaged in your pocket. One thing you should bear in mind, however, is that this handset’s not waterproof. But don’t let that put you off, as we offer specialist cover for the OnePlus 5T that covers against accidental damage as well as theft.

Make a regular smartphone durable with insurance

If you don’t want durability to be your main deciding factor in buying a new phone - and aren’t quite as excited about military grade phones as you are about iMessage - comprehensive phone insurance is your best bet.

At so-sure, we insure the vast majority of market-leading smartphone models, giving you peace of mind that repairs and replacements are covered with low excess payments starting from just £25.