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April 12, 2021


Best Phones for Construction Workers

Working in construction industry means tough physical demands, both for you and your smartphone. Find one up to the task.

We all know that working in the construction industry means great physical and mental demands. But have you also considered the toll the average job site can take on your smartphone? Today’s construction companies rely on a number of different construction management software applications to get the job done, and construction sites double as dangerous places for the phones and tablets this critical software runs on. Construction workers—from apprentices to superintendents—need a smartphone that comes with all the bells and whistles AND features robust, built-to-last construction.

While smartphones are not widely known for their durability, phone manufacturers have made leaps and bounds in recent years. As the construction industry has evolved, the cell phone industry has paid attention to its needs. The result? Some extremely rugged phones that can take a beating and keep on ticking.

(NOTE: If you need a larger screen for construction forms and other paperwork, a rugged tablet might work better for your needs. But if you want a small, durable device, this list of the best phones for construction workers will serve as the perfect resource for you.)

This following list of rugged smartphones represents the best and most durable options available for construction workers and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

Rugged Phone Features to Look For

  • Water resistance/water proofing
  • Shock/vibration resistance
  • Dustproofing
  • Extreme temperature capabilities
  • Battery capacity
  • Display capabilities, shatter proofing, ease of use in sunny conditions, ability to use with gloves or wet hands, etc.
  • Overall performance and ability to handle construction management software, mobile field service applications, etc.

Durable Phones That Can Withstand the Construction Site

1. Kyocera Brigadier

Kyocera has made a name for itself by manufacturing some of the most rugged smartphones in the world. The Brigadier is both waterproof and dustproof. This phone boasts Military Standard 810G Protection from dust, shock, vibration, extreme temperatures and much more. This phone’s touchscreen can be used with gloves or wet fingers, a huge bonus for construction workers.

2. CAT S60 Smartphone

Construction workers will likely find the CAT brand familiar, and can expect the same rugged durability synonymous with CAT in their phone offerings. Just like the Kyocera Brigadier listed above, the CAT S60 is waterproof, dustproof and can be operated without removing your gloves.

3. Sonim XP8

The Sonim XP8 is not as famous as some of its competitors, but Sonim offers a great rugged phone option. According to the manufacturer’s promise, this phone can withstand drops onto concrete from up to 6 feet without sustaining any damage. This phone is also waterproof, dustproof, and comes with a 3-year warranty.

4. Samsung Galaxy S10

The Galaxy S7 is water-resistant, with an IP68 rating indicating this phone can submerge in up to 5 feet of water for up to half an hour. While the body is not as rugged as some of the other options on this list, it has a long-lasting battery, a great processor, and a dual-pixel camera, perfect for sending your boss the latest images of the construction site. If you go with the Galaxy, you may wish to invest in a robust phone case as well.

5. Kyocera DuraXV+

For those who don’t need the bells and whistles of the Kyocera Brigadier but still want an extremely tough, durable, and reliable phone, the DuraXV+ by Kyocera may represent the answer. This basic flip phone can handle almost any environmental conditions you could throw at it. While you may have to sacrifice some typical smartphone features with this rugged flip phone, you can definitely depend on this phone to function when you need it most. However, if you’d like to operate a field service mobile app, this phone probably won’t work for your business.

6. Moto Z2 Force

Motorola pioneered phones with “shatterproof” screens, and the Moto Z2 Force represents their latest such device. The phone is coated with a water-resistant material both internally and externally.

7. Sony Xperia Z5

The Sony Xperia Z5 might not make for the most rugged phone on our list, but it does have some features that construction workers might like, such as a built in FM radio. A fairly durable phone, the Z5 features waterproofing protection for up to 30 minutes in 3 feet of water.

Construction Software and Smartphones – Streamline Your Construction Management Practices

Simply put, advancements in construction software and the integration of technological advances in the field service industries have truly revolutionized the management of construction projects. Even if your construction company does not leverage these technological improvements, you’d better believe that your competition does. For optimum success, construction companies must manage their fleets, projects, and daily operations using today’s finest mobile hardware and software offerings.

This article was researched and written by the friendly folks at Smart Service, a construction scheduling software provider that helps construction businesses of all kinds (including contractors, pavers, drywall specialists, and more) plan and execute their jobs by streamlining efficiency and eliminating waste.