Should You Get a Durable Smartphone?


A durable smartphone will be a great asset to have this summer in South Africa. It is natural to want to take your phone outside with you. There are photos and videos to be taken and memories that need to be preserved for posterity. During the rush to entertain and speak to anyone, you can potentially drop your phone on the floor (or worse – in the pool), which would normally lead to disaster (in most cases, a ruined braai and an upset host or guest). That is why you need a durable smartphone that you can just pick back up and use as though nothing happened.


The real questions, however, are: “Do you really need a rugged and durable phone?”, Are you generally clumsy?”, and “Do you often use your phone in circumstances where it could be in jeopardy?”. There are a couple of ways in which these question can be answered, but it boils down to your personal preferences and what you need a smartphone for. In the article below, we will look at the differences between “normal” smartphones and rugged smartphones, including how they differ in construction and software capabilities.


Do Rugged Phones Sacrifice Software Capabilities for More Robust Hardware?


Rugged phones like the BV6300 Pro look robust and feel sturdier when compared to other smartphones on the market. That is a part of their design – they look rugged, because that is what they are. On the other hand, a phone like the Blackview A100 is much slimmer and lighter. These design differences do not, however, mean that anything substantial is lost or gained from simply making a phone more rugged or more in line with other phones on the market.


Both phones used in the above example have their niche uses. The first phone might be more at home in the pocket of an engineer working on-site while it’s raining lightly, while the second phone is potentially better for the engineer’s spouse who is sitting safely at home and being careful with the device. While the first phone was built to be more robust, it was also designed to still be a smartphone that is capable of keeping up with the modern world.



A Short Comparison Between a Rugged Smartphone and a Regular Smartphone


The businessman or engineer of today is very busy and often needs a large screen to quickly view messages or to look at images (or videos) while they keep working, so smaller “brick” phones have fallen out of fashion. Luckily, this type of upgrade does not mean that the software was skimped on. On the contrary – both phones mentioned above run on a similar version of Android (with the BV6300 Pro running on Android 10 and the Blackview A100 running on Android 11).


Other than the differences in design, construction, and operating system between the two phones, they remain fairly similar. Both contain 6GB of RAM for when you need your phone to do a little extra work than calling or texting, and both use USB-C ports to ensure compatibility with other devices. The only other major difference is the camera, which is surprisingly better on the rugged model than on the A100.


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