Scratched, dropped, and submerged. Does that sound a bit like your phone? That's mine. I was looking for something a little more "rugged" and found there are, of course, a number of phones on the market that bill themselves as tough, but were maybe not really as durable as promised.
In my view, here's the toughest phones you can buy today. The ones I think can withstand getting roughed up on more than one occasion.
1. Motorola Defy+
The Defy+ comes from a line of truly rugged smartphones powered by the Android operating system. It features not only dust damage and scratch resistance but water resistance as well. With nearly half a day of continuous talk time per full charge, it's a good fit for a modern outdoorsman who still wants the smartphone experience.
2. Samsung Rugby II
Don’t let its small size fool you. The Rugby II is built to take hits from shock, humidity, rain, dust, vibration, and even solar radiation without so much as breaking a sweat. It doesn’t hurt that call quality and battery life are both top notch.
3. Casio G’zOne Ravine 2
Casio’s PTT-enabled G’zOne Ravine 2 is a shock-, dust-, vibration-, and water-resistant flip phone that comes with a rather unique outer design. The colored ring around its external LCD screen is not its only highlight—salt fog, humidity, and temperature extremes on both ends simply will not affect it in the slightest.
4. Motorola Tundra VA76r
Motorola makes a re-entry in this list with the Tundra VA76r, an attractive-looking flip phone that offers push-to-talk functionality through AT&T. It hardly reaches 5 hours of continuous talk time on the go, but it’s still one of the most feature-rich and well-connected rugged feature phones available on the market.
5. Sonim XP3300 Force
Rounding out this list of rugged phones is a model that will out-rugged them all. Sonim’s XP3300 Force earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records after a 25-meter drop onto cold hard concrete saw it keep working as if absolutely nothing happened. And with its outstanding battery life, it is capable of truly outlasting the competition—and just about anything you can throw at it.