The 5 Best Smartphones for Construction [2018 Edition]

The 5 Best Smartphones for Construction [2018 Edition]

With the holidays coming up and each major smartphone maker having released their flagship models for the year, it’s time to take a look at the best options those in the construction industry have at their disposal. I’ve ordered this as a ranked list in the past, but this year I’m doing something a bit different. Since most of you will have a preference for either Android or iOS, I’m not going to rank these devices because I don’t think ranking an Android device over an iOS device or vice versa is doing anyone who isn’t considering switching platforms any good. These five phones are the phones that I would recommend anyone that works a trade to consider based on four factors: price, durability, performance and camera quality. None of them nail all of these factors, but they all nail at least a couple. Let’s dig in. Kyocera DuraForce PRO 2 If you’re looking for a cheap Android device that can take a beating, you can nab the Kyocera DuraForce PRO 2 at Verizon for only $444, or $18.50 per month. The device features an IP68 dust- and waterproof rating (6.5 feet deep for up to 30 minutes) and Military Standard 810G-rated protection against drops, vibration, humidity and temperature extremes. Those working in environments where many phones are disallowed due to spark risk will be pleased to know that the DuraForce PRO 2 is also certified Non-Incendive Class 1, Division 2. It can be safely used in plant and field operations where concentrations of flammable gas, vapors or mists may exist. Beyond the ruggedness of the phone, there’s one other pretty unique feature: a very loud speaker. Kyocera says the front speakers on the phone can reach 106 dB. That’s just a bit quieter than a rock concert, but louder than the sound of a jet flying 1,000 feet above your head. That loud speaker is combined with four noise cancelling front mics, allowing you to make a take push-to-talk and speakerphone calls on a bustling, noisy jobsite. Other features include a 5-inch sapphire display Kyocera calls “virtually scratch proof,” a fingerprint sensor built into the power button, gloved and wet screen operation, expandable storage to 512 MB, a 13-megapixel and 4K camera, and a two-year warranty. Samsung Galaxy Note 9/S8 Active The Note 9 can be connected to a desktop monitor and used as a computer. Last year, our top recommendation was the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, a phone I described as a true “no compromise” device since it has rugged credentials, a great camera and awesome, top-of-the-line performance. Unfortunately, a new version of the device has not been released this year and it’s looking like the S8 could be the last Active model Samsung releases. Bummer. But if you’re a Samsung fan and depending on your phone as a primary computer from the jobsite, I’d suggest opting for the Note 9. Yes it’s big and yes it’s expensive, with configurations reaching up to $1,500. However, and this […]

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