Caterpillar CAT B15 – the rugged smartphone you know you can trust
9 June 2013
Conclusion: The Caterpillar B15 is already shipping and it costs a cool $435 to buy – unlocked, without a contract. It’s a pretty high price, actually, but you are getting a rugged smartphone from a well-known brand, so if you think you’re going to need it or you just find yourself constantly breaking your phones, you might want to take a look at it.
CAT B15 Review: The durable smartphone with nine lives
Know Your Mobile
28 November 2014
Summary: The CAT B15 is a perfect fit for someone with an active lifestyle or a job working on a construction site if durability is your one and only concern. The CAT B15 stands out from other durable phones because of its touch-based smartphone functionality, making it a good option for those in fieldwork. However, other smartphone buyers might prefer a handset that looks nicer, with improved performance, connectivity and camera capabilities.
Pros: Durable, water, dust and shock proof, expandable storage
Cons: Bulky, no 4G, dim screen with muted colors, low quality camera, low-power processor
Excerpt: The makers of Caterpillar have crossed over from construction equipment to smartphones with their release of the CAT B15 . Like most Caterpillar machines, the CAT B15 is an especially rugged device and comes with IP6 and IP7 certification. This means that the phone is waterproof up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes, completely dust-proof and can survive drops of up to 1.8 meters onto concrete.
Pros: Water-resistant, dust-proof, survives drops of up to 1.8 meters, Wet finger tracking display, Good battery life
Cons: Mediocre display with bad viewing angles, Lag when using processor intensive apps, Battery cover and battery pops out when dropped, Small internal storage
Excerpt: CATERPILLAR isn't a big name in the smartphone industry, but it does have a niche audience - those living outdoor lifestyles or with heavy-duty jobs who want a smartphone that can survive the elements and one that will match their tractor or digger.
Summary: You might be more familiar with seeing the Cat logo plastered across building sites, on diggers and machinery with the recognisable black and yellow branding. However, Cat has started to break into the mobile phone arena by offering a range of rugged smartphones for use by, well, anyone who has a tendency to drop, dunk, or scratch their phones on a regular basis. Hands on YouTube video of the Cat B15: So how sturdy will the Cat B15 be when put to the test?