Most phones have graduated from the polycarbonate flexible shells of yesteryear, to glass, metal or ceramic bodies that look and feel beautiful. While these bodies look and feel premium, they all have major issues, all of which encompass both fragility and slipperiness. Some phones are built with the opposite mantra in mind, and it's these types of phones that are often considered "ruggedized," or rather built for tougher environments than an office might provide. It's these phones that we'll be checking out today, and in this case they're both more affordable models too.
CAT and Blackview have been in the rugged phone game for some years now, and two of their latest cost around $300 each. The CAT S31 and the Blackview BV9000 Pro are going head to head in today's video, where we check out various aspects of each phone and see how they stack up against one another. Both phones feature a rugged outer shell made of rubber, and in the Blackview B9000 Pro's case, metal as well. Both of these devices are IP68 water and dust resistant, and Blackview even goes so far as to imprint "waterproof" right on the back of the case. CAT rates the S31 at capable of 6ft drops straight on concrete without damage; a testament to how much more rugged these phones are than your standard smartphone.
Both phones run Android 7.1 Nougat, and both phones feature a huge battery and very low power processing packages inside, but even those SoCs are different makes and models from one another. At less than half the cost of a more premium priced phone too, it's clear both Blackview and CAT are aiming for a different market segment that prioritizes rugged features and longevity over world class cameras or eye popping displays. Are you in the market for such a phone? Watch the video below to see the full head to head between both phones, and whether or not you should consider one over the other. If you like what you see, check out our review of the CAT S31 in detail, and stay tuned for our in-depth review of the Blackview BV9000 Pro as well.