Cat S50 and Cat S40 Hands-On Review

By on January 28, 2016 | 3:48 pm
Cat S40 and Cat S50
January 28, 2016 | 3:48 pm

The Cat S50 and Cat S40, manufactured by Caterpillar Inc., are unique smartphones built for rugged, harsh environments. Recently arriving at the BuyBackWorld facilities for the first time, our Tech Team was able to provide a hands-on analysis in this Cat S50 and Cat S40 review:

Both Android phones are equipped with rear 8-megapixel cameras to go along with 4.7-inch displays. Unveiled in late 2014, the Cat S50’s internal features include a Quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage upgradeable up to 64GB when utilizing the Micro SD card slot.

Cat S50Cat S50

The Cat S40, released in August, 2015, is supported by a Quad-core 1.1 GHz Snapdragon 210 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of memory also maxing out at 64GB.

Cat S40 front screenCat S40 back casing

But the Cat devices’ true appeal lies within their external features.

Cat S40 and Cat S50

Advertising an IP67 rating, the dust-proof S50 can survive up to three feet of water for up to half an hour. The shock-resistant rubber ensures protection from those careless fumbles that would typically lay waste to a more fragile Apple or Samsung device.

Similarly, the IP68-certified S40 is dust and shock resistant and can withstand six feet of water for as long as one hour. According to tests, the sturdy smartphone can also endure a 1.8-meter concrete fall.

Featuring app stores specifically tailored to the outdoor lifestyle, both devices offer unique glove-on technology and wet-finger tracking, allowing owners to surf the web while battling inclement weather or while on the job at a construction site.

Overall, both Cat phones are a sensible option for those seeking a durable option that does not significantly compromise on aesthetics and performance.

BuyBackWorld Bottom Line: The S50 and S40’s performance features are by no means revolutionary, but the physically versatile devices do successfully appeal to their intended audience.


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