What is a rugged phone?

20th August 2020

As you look into devices for your team members, you may have staff that require a more hardwearing or role-specific device, such as a rugged phone.

A rugged phone is a device which is sealed completely within a thick casing to protect it against damage from elements such as water, shock, dust and vibration. It is rated by its Ingress Protection level which is an IP rating. The IP rating will tell you what it is resilient towards, such as drops, falls, water damage and sometimes extreme levels of temperature and pressure.

Who is a rugged phone for?

Rugged phones tend to be used by tradespeople such as engineers, builders, plumbers, carpenters, electricians, site workers, farmers or firefighters and many more. However, some businesses may choose rugged phones for members of staff that are just a little clumsy!


You may assume that the software on a rugged device is dated, which couldn’t be any further from the truth! Most rugged phones use Android software so they are up to date with the latest tech. Plus, they can offer extra features that are vital in certain lines of work. Some devices have torches, infrared cameras, sound level meters, and sometimes even VOC (volatile organic compound) detectors.

How to choose a rugged device for your business

Choosing rugged phones for your staff members can be tricky. Make sure that you review all of your staff requirements, perhaps they need a high spec camera or perhaps they need the ability to locate a heat source up to 400°C. Whatever the job, we have the phone for you! Talk to one of our experts who can help put together a bespoke package just for you and your team. Ensure your team feel confident tackling any job, in any place, in any condition.

Here are some of the rugged devices that are available at Challenger:

Samsung XCover Pro & Samsung Tab Active 2

Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro

Cat B26, Cat B35, Cat S31, Cat S41, Cat S52 & Cat S61


Energizer Hardcase H10 & Energizer Hardcase H550 S

Energizer Phone

Nokia 800 Tough

Nokia 800 Tough

If you’re interested in finding out more about how our rugged devices can benefit your business, get in touch with a member of our team today.