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7 Best Rugged Smartphones of 2016

For those of you looking for a durable and reliable smartphone, our list of 7 best rugged smartphones of 2016 is surely something to consider.

Most of the smartphones on the market are made to look good and have good performances. These two things are what appeals to the mass and companies make sure their products fit these standards. The problem is that these kinds of smartphones are not reliable and durable. Most of them are prone to cracking when dropped onto the ground, or become unusable if they are to get wet. And don’t get us started on the battery life. As soon as you turn around, your smartphone is begging for a recharge.

7 Best Rugged Smartphones of 2016


Most of the smartphone users don’t mind these flaws. If their smartphone gets broken, they will get a new one, or they will get a new model when their old smartphone gets outdated. If you want to know about last year’s models, check out our list of 6 best rugged smartphones of 2015. On the other side, there are a handful of users who want more from their smartphones. They want the functionality and not the looks. Luckily for them, smartphone manufacturers responded with the production of rugged smartphones. These smartphones usually have “triple protection: waterproof, dustproof and shockproof”. They are made for people who lead an active lifestyle, spend most of their time outdoors and don’t care if their smartphone is thin, has a 6.0-inch screen or comes in pink color.

To find out the 7 best rugged smartphones of 2016 we looked at the suggestions from Phone Arena, Tough Gadget, Mobile Scope and Best Smartphones 2016. We took 10 models that were released in 2016 and then ranked them based on their durability (time and depth in water, drop height), battery life, RAM, and storage. We assigned from 1 to 3 (or 1 to 2, depending on the category) for each of these elements and formed our definitive list after summing up the scores.