Best rugged smartphones: which one to buy January 2022

Do you work outdoors and want to know which smartphone is best suited to your needs? You have to look for the best rugged smartphone present on the market? You have come to the correct place since on this page, updated for the month of December 2021, we will tell you about the best rugged smartphones, that category of devices designed to withstand falls, bad weather, dirt and extreme conditions.

What are rugged smartphones

Whether it’s for work, sporting activity or simple fun, sometimes you need a smartphone that is able to survive a disastrous fall, that can be used with dirty hands, in the rain or that can work without problems even in environments dusty or very dirty.

After years in which i rugged phone have been relegated to an uninteresting niche, with resistant products but with ridiculous performances, in more recent times the situation has definitely changed and now it is possible to find cheap products, with acceptable performances alongside decidedly more performing devices.

Usually this category of smartphones can count on high capacity batteries, to guarantee more than one day of autonomy, a situation that happens if, for example, you are hiking in the mountains and do not want to have the weight of a power bank with you. .

Even the screens are characterized by a good brightness, to be clearly visible outdoors and have additional protections to protect them from bumps and falls. Cameras aren’t usually the strongest point of rugged phone, but it is still possible to take good photos, especially in the daytime. However, there is no lack of solutions with good quality cameras.

It should also be emphasized the presence of certifications for resistance to water and dust, almost always IP67 or IP68, and very often also that relating to the military standard MIL-STD-810G which guarantees excellent resistance.

In our short guide to best rugged smartphones, updated in the month of December 2021, we wanted to select some of the most interesting models that can be purchased in our country. If you turn to the import market from China you can find numerous other opportunities, but here you will find only officially available products, with official support and warranty.

Best rugged smartphones


OUKITEL WP8 Pro it represents an excellent entry point into this market, thanks also to a particularly competitive price and a pretty good technical data sheet. It features a 6.49-inch HD + screen, IP68, IP69K and MIL-STD-810G certifications to withstand any abuse.

Discrete power, thanks to a MediaTek Helio P22 with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory, on the back there is a triple camera. It is able to withstand even particularly cold temperatures thanks to a special mode. Excellent autonomy as always, thanks to the immense 5,000 mAh battery. The operating system is Android 10, with no special customizations by OUKITEL.

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Ulefone Armor 7E

Direct successor of Ulefone Armor 6E, this Ulefone Armor 7E can count on several functions usually reserved for traditional models. In addition to the IP68 certification, it can count on a MediaTek Helio P90 chipset with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory.

There is no lack of NFC connectivity, for mobile payments, or 10 watt wireless charging, absent even on more prestigious models. The screen is decidedly large, 6.3 inches with FullHD + resolution, we find a triple rear camera with a 48 megapixel sensor, while in the front the camera is inserted in a drop notch.

The 5.5000 mAh battery guarantees excellent autonomy in all conditions of use.

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DOOGEE S95 Pro is one of the very few modular rugged phones, capable of expanding its possibilities with an additional battery pack and speaker. Very equipped from the point of view of the data sheet (MediaTek Helio P90, 8-128 GB of memory), FullHD screen and 5,150 mAh battery.

There is no shortage of IP68, IP69K and MIL-STD-810G certifications, with reinforced edges to survive even the most ruinous falls. It has three rear cameras, notch on the front and an additional button to be configured at will. It has NFC and four satellite systems for maximum positioning accuracy.

Take good quality photos thanks to a 48 megapixel sensor, even if the wide angle is not the best.

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Nokia X20

Marketing in Italy began in May 2021, with two colors and two different memory cuts. With a 6.67-inch screen, the dimensions are anything but compact: 168.94 x 79.7 x 9.1 mm and 220 grams of weight. Almost impossible to use with one hand, if you are looking for a compact smartphone this is not for you. If you want a large screen, the Noxia X20 is perfect. The 4,470 mAh battery does not scream a miracle, especially if you use the 5G connection, but with some care you will arrive in the evening even on the most demanding days. Four rear cameras, with 64 megapixel main sensor and 5 megapixel ultra wide angle, with two additional 2 megapixel sensors of little use. Overall good photos, even if the wide angle suffers in many situations.

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Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro

Samsung it is perhaps the only big company to continue making rugged smartphones. This Galaxy XCover Pro is designed especially for professional users and can count on a 6.3 ″ FullHD + screen with a modern design, complete with punch hole. The design is in line with traditional smartphones, albeit with less sophisticated frames, and with an above-average grip.

The 4,050 mAh battery is very good, not the best but more than enough to get there in the evening. excellent connectivity with 4G / LTE, dual band WiFo and Bluetooth 5.0. Really a great product for those who work in particular environments.

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Blackview BV9900 Pro

Blackview BV9900 Pro is undoubtedly one of the best, if not the best of all rugged phone, thanks to a highly respectable technical equipment. 6.3-inch FullHD + screen, Helio P90 with 8-128GB of memory, Android 9.0 Pie and a 4,380mAh battery.

The autonomy is decidedly high thanks to this detail, but also the rear camera is no joke. The main 48-megapixel sensor (the same as found in classic smartphones) is surrounded by the 16-megapixel (wide-angle) and 5-megapixel (bokeh effect) sensors. The highlight is the FLIR camera that can see in the dark, recognizing heat, great for taking special photos of nocturnal animals.

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These were therefore the best rugged smartphones of the month of December 2021 but every month we will update this list, adding any news of the market that may prove more interesting.

We remind you that we have numerous other guides, dedicated to the best smartphones on the market. Here are some of those that may interest you.

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