CAT S40: A phone to withstand my life?September 10, 2015
As an android user myself the transition from my Xperia to the S40 was seamless as Google automatically logged me in to the various apps and downloaded the apps I use.
The covers of the ports are robust and after lots of uses do not show any sign of damage unlike those of the Sony water proof phones I have used in the past and it means that I felt happy and confident to take it in the sea with us when we went swimming which is not something I would do with my normal phone despite it being advertised as waterproof.
I was also happy to have the phone on the sandy beach without worrying about where the sand may end up as the S40 has no nooks and crannies that can get filled with sand. The device is certified to an Ingress Protection rating of IP68 which means it is totally dustproof and waterproof to a depth of 1 metre for 1 hour or less. The S40 is designed to be durable and is drop tested to 1.8 metres so will be protected against accidental propping during normal use but is not indestructible although mine fell down the stairs a few times and is perfectly fine!
The battery life on the S40 so far has been amazing and I have left it days before charging it which is something I could not have done with my previous phones. It is advertised as having a 39 DAY standby time which is just phenomenal. The screen is clear and easy to read and so much brighter than my Sony which is great for when you are outdoors. It has a 4.7 inch HD screen, uses 4G and has 16GB storage which can be expanded with a micro SD card.
As a blogger I was concerned about the camera quality as I do take a lot of pictures with my smartphone which was why I bought the Xperia in the first place as it has a 20MP camera. The S40 comes with an 8MP rear camera which seems to work well but it did suffer from some lighting issues and focusing problems. These were not that evident when I took photos but they were when my daughters took pictures. Mind you we did really put it to the test by taking it into a cave! It also comes with a 2MP front facing camera which is perfect for those holiday selfies.
Check out some of the unedited images taken with the S40 below.
Overall I think the CAT S40 is a fantastic robust phone that does everything a normal android smart phone does whilst protecting it against lifes knocks and bumps. I think it is a great toddler proof phone or one suitable for someone who goes through phones as quickly as I do.
You can find out more about the technical specifications of the CAT S40 on the link below