Caterpillar CAT B15 Ruggedized Android Phone
you probably have guessed. the Caterpillar CAT B15 Ruggedized Android Phone is not exactly made by Caterpillar, but by a British firm known as Bullitt Group. weird as it may sounds coming from a company more known for bulldozers and working footwear, but we bet these ‘woos’ and ‘ahs’, probably have also greeted their line of footwear when it first made into the market (though the B15 isn’t the first ‘Catphone’). in any case, this strangely named device showed up the recent 2013 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and have since been ‘manhandled’ by numerous medias. unfortunately, we are not one of them. while we can’t offer any hands-on experience to share with you like those biggies do, we can let you in on some of its specifications. first and foremost, its ruggedness comes from a combination of aluminum body wrapped in a toughened, rubberized case and by the look of it, this point is pretty obvious. with this type of look, if it isn’t a wee bit ruggedized – it’d go straight into the downright ugly department. we’re just saying…
its elongated octagon-like form is rated IP67 for resistant against water for up to 1 meter (3.3 feet) for up to half and hour and it is also sealed against dust. on top of that, the B15 is capable of surviving a drop from up to 1.8 meter (about 6 feet). other aspects of the handset are pretty mortal-like, including 1GHz dual-core processor, a very modest 512MB of RAM, 4″ capacitive multi-touch display with Corning Gorilla Glass (but its wet finger tracking capable), supports both 3G and GSM bands, 4GB of built-in storage, microSD card slot that support up to 32GB, and a 2,000 mAh battery good for 16.3 hours talk time and up to 26 days standby time (both figures are presumably on 3G). it is also equipped two cameras: a 5MP item for the rear (with “one-press continuous shooting”) and a VGA front-facing camera. the phone is said to be operable in temperatures between -10 to 55 degrees Celsius (14-131 Fahrenheit). other standards include Bluetooth and WiFi, support for turn-by-turn navigation, access to Google Suite (obviously) and built-in FM radio. if your idea of tough is by the way of Caterpillar, then watch out for this when it becomes available in March for €395 (roughly US$520).