You can't ignore rugged phones any longer

You can't ignore rugged phones any longer

They’re tough, waterproof and often slim, and offer features your iPhone or Galaxy device can’t match. Learn the new attributes you should keep in mind next time you go to buy another phone.

Subscribe to CNET:
CNET playlists:
Download the new CNET app:
Like us on Facebook:
Follow us on Twitter:
Follow us on Instagram:


  1. Emir Hidic on July 3, 2021 at 2:26 am

    This guy is awesome, why didn’t this get recommended sooner ?!

  2. a b on July 3, 2021 at 2:27 am

    Great phones for mothers of little kids 🙂

  3. B J on July 3, 2021 at 2:27 am

    Software updates on Sonim are non-existent.

  4. pickles on July 3, 2021 at 2:28 am

    rugged phones arent worth it, just go get a good case

  5. Auroramystic on July 3, 2021 at 2:28 am

    CNET: *you need a rugged phone*
    Me: *puts case on a flagship phone*

  6. Pierre Andersson on July 3, 2021 at 2:29 am

    I ordered a new rugged Oukitel WP6. Great specs. Android 9 Pie and Helio p70 octacore which scores around 170000 points in Antutu.128Gb Rom, 6Gb RAM, 10000mAh, 6,3" ips screen with fhd+ res, rear camera 48mp+5mp+2mp with flash, front camera 16mp with face unlock, Side fingerprint scanner. I dropped it screen first from waist height onto tile floor and no damage to the phone at all.

  7. Russell Garrard on July 3, 2021 at 2:30 am

    People think we smash our phones against walls and dunk them just for fun… it’s an insurance policy! I can buy a brand new tough phone for the cost of a Samsung replacement screen!

  8. 2wheelphoto on July 3, 2021 at 2:32 am

    No 5g? I don’t use data, but it’s apparently going to be used for voice now.

  9. Hyper Focused Man on July 3, 2021 at 2:36 am

    Very good information, thanks.

  10. Chris Vaiuso on July 3, 2021 at 2:37 am

    The dust covers are very important for some of us.

  11. Ganesan G on July 3, 2021 at 2:39 am

    Hey Coolio!! Wassup Daddio? Long time no yapio!

  12. Michael Mengo on July 3, 2021 at 2:39 am

    We miss you Brian Cooley please review cars again

  13. browncty on July 3, 2021 at 2:39 am

    What about the blackview phones?

  14. encinobalboa on July 3, 2021 at 2:40 am

    Sonim XP8 on the way. Ancient in tech years but I drop more than I need the latest features. The XP8 is replacing a Kyocera Brigadier which has survived countless drops.

  15. Monstertruck on July 3, 2021 at 2:41 am

    They will continue to make rugged phones slimmer and lighter until they aren’t rugged anymore.

  16. Vladimir Lazir on July 3, 2021 at 2:41 am

    AGM’s the best guys😘

  17. Warren Wilson on July 3, 2021 at 2:41 am

    I don’t know why but he seems like he could have been Michael Fisher’s (Mr mobile) dad lol

  18. Doug Unfunny on July 3, 2021 at 2:42 am

    Thank god for cNet for showing off the samsung xcover pro, can’t find decent good reviewer talk about this damn phone, everybody reviews flag ship phones like iphone and galaxy S whatever. thanks for the info.

  19. Oie White on July 3, 2021 at 2:43 am


  20. Derek Vuong on July 3, 2021 at 2:45 am

    It’s so weird to not see cooley in a car or talk about cars. lol!

  21. Apocalyptic Bone-Daddy on July 3, 2021 at 2:48 am


    I avoid them because they’re too expensive lol. I’d absolutely LOVE to have that Cat one lol

  22. Wilfred van Norel on July 3, 2021 at 2:49 am

    I own a Cat S61. Very nice specs. But mine had way too many problems. Water in the housing (behind screen and Laser glass). Battery problems (severe!), VOC sensor not working. I returned the phone 5 times!! In fact: The phone was more time in repair than it was in my pocket. That’s onacceptable.
    The last time I had to return the S61 for repairs, I bought a Blackview BV9800 Pro. No fancy laser distance meter, no hymidity sensor, no VOC sensor. But it does have fingerprint scanner, Qi charging, fast charging, way bigger battery AND it also has FLIR (so I don’t have to miss that one). Bonus: price is just 50% of the S61.
    Just one minor thing about the BV9800 Pro: video recording directly to SD-card is buggy with the inbuilt camera app. But another free camera app from the app store solves that problem.

  23. Think Outside The Box on July 3, 2021 at 2:50 am

    I’m Going Buy One of Them Rugged Phones and Forget about all kind of phone reviews for at least 7 years

  24. Zach Tanner on July 3, 2021 at 2:50 am

    I’m 17 I have a moto Z2 very indestructible I love it.

  25. B Cuz on July 3, 2021 at 2:52 am

    We all been missing Cooley

  26. Ferdinands on July 3, 2021 at 2:52 am

    Hi now only I like rugged smartphone because the very first time I got to know about dragon smartphones before that I didn’t no about rugged smartphone subcategory and when I saw the first videos they were not attractive whatsoever second time videos not bad as the first ever video that I watched of rugged smartphone still they were not fully active because they were missing out in some figure and software performance camera performance worse still disappointing even it wasn’t still not disappointing as the first videos I watch about rugged smartphone That was the time I bought a new smartphone when the yes went on and I watched summer videos about rugged smartphone I found out and noticed that rugged smartphone vah getting better and better but still not attractive and to flagship main line smartphone quality level an attractive yet but one day unexpectedly I came rugged smartphone getting closer and closer to main line flagship smartphone and then one day when I watched videos about rugged smartphone I unexpectedly came across active rugged smartphone when it came to the camera list of the software performance and all other features mainline smartphone and flagship smartphones have those very rugged phone model Also had as main line flat ship model head and very attractive and interesting model rugged smartphone but majority most amount of those particular rugged phone models very expensive or expensive in general and like I mentioned unexpectedly after set number of years past I got a surprise I found a budget rugged what was attractive entisi And desirable because not only because it is a foldable by being in the budget category it also had some features what were mediocre and average and least limited but what work for main line smartphone features and overall design was attractive enticing and desirable bhai all I said I need your expertise and help as a advisor because in this video usse instead of testing rugged smartphone importance is to understand the rating what make it actual rugged smartphone because of that can you find out some information about this particular rugged smartphone for me what is called cubot quest budget Rugged smartphone like I mentioned it would helpful and useful for me bayou you chicken out this Cuba Quest model of rugged smartphone see you will be in touch whenever later back again

  27. CrashBackk on July 3, 2021 at 2:52 am

    Sure you can. They still use 3 year old processors, are overpriced and use older operating system versions as well as lacking in updates of the os and security updates. Also compatibility with networks. The only rugged phone that slightly appeals to me is the galaxy xcover pro but it uses a slug of an exynos processor and is still $500 over a year later and is not fully compatible with some networks. The rest are worse. So until there are way better rugged phones there are plenty of reasons to ignore them. Better off with a cheap phone in a rugged case. If any of the top brands came out with a good mid range not overpriced rugged phone I would seriously consider it.

  28. StinkyTeal on July 3, 2021 at 2:56 am

    Imagine getting your cell phone advice from a boomer…..

  29. solarsynapse on July 3, 2021 at 2:59 am

    Wireless charging is good. Without the covers, IP68 or not, the connectors will corrode so the companies can sell more devices. The only reason for non user replaceable batteries is so the companies can make more money selling devices. Fast charging sounds good, but it destroys batteries so the companies can sell more devices. The circuits for the batteries are designed to over charge and over discharge the batteries so the companies can sell more devices. It is always about more money.

  30. Y B would on July 3, 2021 at 2:59 am

    God bless you Sir for sharing information of mobile devices

  31. Mark Miller on July 3, 2021 at 3:03 am

    Really appreciated your comment concerning phone cases fixing a problem the manufacture didn’t deal with!

  32. MaNameDan on July 3, 2021 at 3:03 am

    Immersion of the phones are a higher level than spraying

  33. resonanzkoerper on July 3, 2021 at 3:05 am

    guy ‘s way to point on rugged fons makes me wanna go shopping! Very good!

  34. Big Brainer on July 3, 2021 at 3:06 am

    Rugged phones are useless, just buy a GOOD phone and put a CASE on it

  35. Good bye 2020 on July 3, 2021 at 3:07 am

    I just like how bulky they are I used to own a prototype of the duraforce 1 and 2 good phones

  36. Khaled Jouma on July 3, 2021 at 3:08 am

    Great video. Thank you.

  37. Olivia Feng on July 3, 2021 at 3:09 am

    any body know the AGM x2 ???

  38. Captain Archer on July 3, 2021 at 3:09 am

    Good overview, thanks!

  39. NAS on July 3, 2021 at 3:09 am

    Did CNET pick the most irritating person on the staff to do this video?

  40. Mister S on July 3, 2021 at 3:09 am

    Having a Phone WITHOUT a removable Battery is just Stupid…I hate having a phone 1 year old that has a 5 minute call/battery life… My Current Phone LGV20 has served well for 5 years, and needed 4 batteries in that time. I am NOT buying a 500-1200 Dollar paperweight every year!

  41. Pancakebut on July 3, 2021 at 3:15 am

    i liked the Kyocera Duraforce pro 1 really good. It’s just the screen is like 1 inch too small wide and tall and its slow performance wise. Then with the Duraforce 2 they make the screen smaller with those stupid touch screen buttons that get you stuck in fullscreen and don’t respond when you have water on your hands.
    Bring back the mechanical buttons, please!!

  42. Pierre Andersson on July 3, 2021 at 3:16 am

    Rugged smartphones with huge batteries are great and all and i’ve had a few of those but never ever recieved an ota update with a newer android version. Why are chinese rugged phone manufacturers not releasing new android versions for their customers phones? Must i really go back to buying non rugged phones to achieve this?

  43. Andrew Dillon on July 3, 2021 at 3:17 am

    Fantastic vedio. I would love to see more on the subject.

  44. logalogalog on July 3, 2021 at 3:19 am

    I use a Sonim.

  45. Brian O'Donnell on July 3, 2021 at 3:19 am

    This, viewers, is what watching a professional at the top of his game feels like. Well done Sir!

  46. David Richards on July 3, 2021 at 3:20 am

    Awesome advice and coverage of these devices! Thanks!

  47. Dartgame 340 on July 3, 2021 at 3:21 am

    My old Duraforce actually did get ran over by a Mack truck. Didn’t bother it.

  48. Palmetto NDN on July 3, 2021 at 3:22 am

    Great video. First responders are moving away from radios and going towards smart phones. I used one when I worked in EMS. I’m in law enforcement now and trying to convince my chief to move us to the smart phones we had in FirstNet with EMS. They were pretty great.

  49. Jussi Kankinen on July 3, 2021 at 3:24 am

    double battery time and only 1 camera, yes please, only facebook needs 16 cores tracking

  50. Simone Osci on July 3, 2021 at 3:25 am

    Finally a useful review. Thanks