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CAT B15 first impressions and hands-on (video and gallery)

At CTIA 2013, Android Authority's Joshua Vergara had some hands-on time with the CAT B15, the latest in Caterpillar's range of rugged devices.
May 22, 2013
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At CTIA 2013, Android Authority’s Joshua Vergara had some hands-on time with the CAT B15, the latest in Caterpillar’s range of rugged devices.

The CAT B15 is one of the strongest Android devices out there, and it’s perfectly capable of getting through anything you might think to throw its way. Available now in the U.S. for $350, after it launched in Europe and the U.K. last month, the device is certainly not for those looking for a discreet smartphone. Although Caterpillar’s reps say that it’s relatively slim and light, the CAT B15 is not a phone you’d expect to see in a woman’s purse.

The CAT B15 is aimed at people like executives in the construction industry or at outdoor enthusiasts, and, if you’re one of them, you’ll certainly appreciate what it has to offer.Thanks to its aluminum sides and rubber casing, you can safely drop the B15 from six feet or submerge it in three feet of water for up to half an hour. It’s also dust and scratch resistant.

The device, which runs Android 4.1.2, manages to offer a decent set of specs to go with its robust build, including a 4.1-inch screen, a dual-core MediaTek MT6577 CPU, with a 5 megapixel back camera and a VGA front one.

Check out our hands-on video below to see the CAT B15 in action.

While the CAT B15 is only available through the manufacturer’s website at the moment, the company is working on getting it to retailers and carriers.

Are you a fan of rugged devices? Will you get a CAT B15?