Today we will talk about three smartphones that are in a different price range, but have one thing in common – it is protected against water and falling by the IP68 standard. My today’s list will include devices such as Ulefone Armor 7, Ulefone Armor 6E and the budget smartphone CUBOT Quest.
Each has different needs, but for many users, the technical staffing and high performance are not important, and reliability in severe operating conditions will be the main parameter.
Therefore, I chose three different rugged smartphones that have common features, but the price tag is completely different. For example, the most expensive of our list is Ulefone Armor 7 with a price tag of $359, then comes Ulefone Armor 6E for $189 and the most affordable is CUBOT Quest for $129.
Earlier we tested in detailed reviews the Ulefone Armor 7 and CUBOT Quest smartphones. Therefore, if you are interested, you can read more about them. Let me begin our list of the best three rugged smartphones with the look.
If we consider medium and budget smartphones, such as Ulefone Armor 6E and CUBOT Quest, then they are made in a combination of strong plastic and rubber. Therefore, when falling even from a great height, the devices will not feel deformation or signs of inoperability.
But the difference in the Ulefone Armor 7 model is a protective glass on the rear panel.
Of course, it looks stylish and harmonious, but in practice, I would rather use a combination of rubber and plastic.
It is also worth noting that Armor 7 has rubber inserts at the corners and side faces.
Another difference between smartphones is the size of the screen. The most expensive model has a 6.3-inch screen with Full HD resolution with a waterdrop notch for the front camera.
The Armor 6E model has a slightly smaller screen, namely 6.2 inches with the same resolution, but alas with a large notch for various sensors and the front camera.
But the budget model received the smallest 5.5-inch screen and with HD resolution, there are also no notches and the smartphone looks like a 2016 model.
The common features of the three rugged smartphones are the presence of a Type-C port in each of them, as well as a slot for a memory card.
Of the differences, I can note that the Armor 6E and Quest models have a fingerprint scanner on the rear panel, while Armor 7 has it on the side.
Since all smartphones have IP68 protection, so each of them can distinguish the following features, such as the presence of an accelerometer, barometer, electronic compass, various GPS sensors, gyroscope, and even NFC. It is difficult to expect contactless payment in a budget smartphone, but it is present in the CUBOT Quest model.
Differences in appearance between the three models are not significant, but they are present. But as I said, it all depends on your budget, although the most important function, protection of the IP68 standard, even a budget smartphone, will perform 100%.
Performance and Software
Each of the smartphones in our list is powered by a Mediatek processor, but with a different name. For example, the most expensive version of Armor 7 has an Helio P90, the middle one comes with an Helio P70, but the budget model from CUBOT has a processor called Helio P22.
Naturally, the higher the number in the name of the processor, the more productive and powerful it is. But if you are not a gamer and you need a smartphone for everyday tasks, such as calls, messages, and social networks, then you will have enough Helio P22 processor performance.
The same goes for memory, Armor 7 received 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory. And the other two, Ulefone Armor 6E and CUBOT Quest have 4GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory. Also, each smartphone has a slot for a memory card up to 256 GB, but to the budget version, it has up to 128GB.
Of course, to expect that the devices received the latest Android 10 operating system – this will be a problem, but each model has version 9.0, even the most budget model from our list of rugged smartphones for 2020.
On the user interface, I did not notice any problems, each smartphone worked without any delays or any issues. All three models are very similar to each other and have a little bit in common, especially Ulefone Armor 7 and Armor 6E.
In each model of a rugged smartphone, there are a number of applications that will be useful for construction or other professions. Here I discovered a compass, a building level, a flashlight and much more.
Also, the difference in the most expensive Ulefone Armor 7 model is the presence of an infrared sensor that reads blood pressure and pulse. In the budget and middle models, this function will not be.
I understand that when a buyer chooses a rugged smartphone, they are not much interested in the camera, but still, even on the budget model itself, the camera is quite interesting.
Let’s do it in order, if the expensive model of the rugged smartphone Ulefone Armor 7 is equipped with three sensors – these are 48-, 16- and 8-megapixel modules. But each sensor is responsible for its work, for example, the main sensor for auto mode, the second module for night shooting and the third for telephoto. The front camera received a 16-megapixel sensor.
The mid-range and low-end models have dual main camera sensors and one front camera, but the Ulefone Armor 6E and CUBOT Quest have some differences.
For example, Armor 6E has a 16 and 2-megapixel camera, and Quest has 12 and 2-megapixel modules. The front camera on both models is 8 megapixels.
If you compare the quality of the photos, then naturally, with the Armor 7 smartphone, the quality will be much better, especially at night. But if you compare photos in the daytime with good lighting, then the budget model from CUBOT also does not take bad pictures.
As for a rugged smartphone, battery life is still an important parameter. And as you might have guessed, the most expensive device has the best battery life due to 5500 mAh. The Armor 6E has a battery capacity of 5,000 mAh, while the state budget CUBOT Quest has only 4,000 mAh.
Given the fact that the smartphone from CUBOT has only a small screen size and HD resolution, the battery life will not be worse than that of the middle-class smartphone Armor 6E.
In general, each smartphone, albeit with different battery capacities, shows approximately the same result – it is 2 days of work on a single charge with an average use mode.
Conclusion and reviews
After conducting a series of tests, I can confidently say that all rugged smartphones have shown themselves on the positive side. If you really want to buy a rugged smartphone, since you have very hard and harmful work, then any of them will suit you.
Of course, the expensive version has the best technical specifications, performance, camera and much more, but the most important task for all models, namely, protection under the IP68 standard, remains unchanged.
Therefore, when choosing a device, you only need to focus on your budget and even the most budget model CUBOT Quest has its advantages.
Prices and where to buy cheaper?
Now you can buy rugged smartphones at a bargain price, for example, CUBOT Quest will cost you $129.99 with a 36% discount, Ulefone Armor 6E for $189.99 with a 37% discount and the most expensive Ulefone Armor 7 model for $359.99 with a 34% discount.
I believe that the prices of rugged smartphones meet their expectations and if you have hard and harmful work, then one of these devices will be useful to you.