CES 2014: Caterpillar Rugged Mobile Phones

 

Caterpillar Rugged PhonesCaterpillar is a global manufacturer of construction machines including graders, bulldozers, and other heavy machinery. The company behind these big, yellow machines has a new innovation that’s small enough to fit in your pocket.

At the 2014 CES Show, we saw a new line of rugged mobile phones from Caterpillar. We checked out two models, the B100 Feature Phone and the B15 Smartphone.

CAT B100 Rugged Feature Phone
The B100 has a candy bar shape with a T9 keypad. It makes calls and supports text messaging. It is ideal for construction workers and field service technicians who need a basic, no-frills phone that can withstand a tough environment. Some of the phone’s key features include:

  • Background Noise Cancelling
  • Works in Temperatures of -25°C to 55°C (-13°F to 131°F)
  • Drop Proof from 1.8 meters (5ft 11in)
  • Waterproof (to 3ft) and Dustproof (IP67 Rating)
  • Built-in LED Flashlight
  • 10 Hours Talk Time

CAT B15 Rugged Smartphone
The B15 is an Android-powered smartphone from CAT Phones. It features the same moisture, dust, and shock protection as the B100. CAT have also figured out how to make the touchscreen work, even when the phone is wet! I think this is simply amazing. The durable, well-engineered nature of this phone makes me think it would be perfect for a lot of other applications in addition to construction/job site workers. This phone features:

  • Android 4.1 Jellybean
  • Dual-Core 1GHz Processor
  • 4.0″ Touchscreen Display
  • 5MP Camera
  • WiFi and GPS
  • Toughened Aluminum Body w/Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Waterproof with Wet Finger Tracking
  • Works in Temperatures of -25°C to 55°C (-13°F to 131°F)
  • Drop Proof from 1.8 meters (5ft 11in)
  • 16 Hours Talk Time


It’s cool to see a new contestant enter the smartphone arena. While Samsung, Apple, HTC, Motorola, and Nokia are fine, I am excited to see someone else bring a fresh new idea into the market. These new CAT rugged phones looked very impressive at CES and certainly caught my eye. To me, it looks like a great idea that’s bound to catch on in lots of industries.

One thought on “CES 2014: Caterpillar Rugged Mobile Phones

  1. Hi i bought a Cat phon from Rugged Phone’s in JHB and i accidently fall into a dam of water at my work, the phone was totally sealed with all its covers closed but the phone was full of water in the inside an is now broken, i phone the place where i bought the phone Rugged Phone’s but just didn’t whant to help me they said i must go to Cat themselves, and there is just now way i can get Cat or even there numbers

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