As one of the heavyweights of the construction industry, the name Caterpillar isn’t likely to conjure up an image of sleek personal computing technology. Nevertheless, that didn’t stop Caterpillar from releasing its first Android phone, the Caterpillar CAT B10, to an increasingly crowded market. So what sets the CAT B10 smartphone apart and will it be able to bulldoze its wait through the competition?
Fit to be used amongst cranes, forklifts, bulldozers and the likes, the rugged CAT B10 Android smartphone is powered by a single-core processor running at 800MHz, boasts a 3.2-inch screen, as well as a 5MP rear camera and a front shooter. The internal hardware of the phone won’t leave tech enthusiasts jumping up and down, but that’s fine, because for this Caterpillar device, it’s all about the rugged exterior.
The rubberized casing of the phone is built to withstand scratches, dust, and water. The CAT B10 even has the papers to prove it, claiming the industry-standard IP67 certification. In addition to taking a serious beating, the CAT B10 can be submerged underwater, up to 1 m deep, for up to 30 minutes. So feel free to drop it puddles (or a fresh batch of concrete) whenever you feel like it. By the way, waterproofing is a hot trend this year.
The Caterpillar CAT B10 is expected to retail for $500 off-contract when it lands at the end of May. We don’t think it will come with matching accessories, such as helmets and gloves, though.
If you can’t wait that long, there are some tough Android smartphones that are worth investigating and are already on the market. There’s the Samsung Rugby Smart: 3.7-inch WVGA with Super AMOLED panel, 1.4GHz processor, 4GB storage, 5MP rear shooter with LED flash, and 1.3MP front shooter. Another option is the Sony (Ericsson) Xperia Active, which sports a 3-inch scratch-resistant screen, a 1GHz processor, and a 5MP shooter with LED flash, which is also dust and water resistant. Check our guide here for more indestructible Android smartphones.