Caterpillar Rugged Smartphone S40: Fit For Your Travel Adventures

By Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor September 4th, 2015 Posted in Travel Blog 27 Comments

Caterpillar is known for their durable machinery and footwear, due to the dynamic market demand Caterpillar now got a series of rugged phones that will surely fit our active travel lifestyle.

Caterpillar Rugged Smartphone S40: Fit For Your Adventures

I represented the Two Monkeys Travel Group on the product launching of the latest rugged smartphone of  Caterpillar and Bullitt GroupThe CAT® S40 Smartphone Few bloggers from different niches have been invited to see for the first time the latest addition to the rugged phones of Caterpillar.

Caterpillar Rugged Smartphone S40: Fit For Your Travel Adventures
During the event night
Caterpillar Rugged Smartphone S40: Fit For Your Travel Adventures
The Bullitt Team — the creator of the rugged phones of Caterpillar.
Caterpillar Rugged Smartphone S40: Fit For Your Travel Adventures
Our Guest Speaker – Michael Barnes, Professional British Sailor

Caterpillar Rugged Smartphone S40: Fit For Your Travel Adventures

CAT® S40 Smartphone

Caterpillar Rugged Smartphone S40: Fit For Your Travel Adventures

This awesome gadget will surely withstand all the tough environments and active lifestyle. As a travel enthusiast, this is a great fit for our needs and wants, and you can check out the phone specifications here.

Inside the pack:

Caterpillar Rugged Smartphone S40: Fit For Your Travel Adventures
The warranty booklet, phone manual, micro USB cord, the earphones & the plug adaptor

Durability

The CAT® S40 Smartphone can stand the drop of 1.8 meters (6ft.), with its IP68 Certification, the S40 is dustproof and waterproof it can be submerged under water up to the depth of 1 meter for an hour. You don’t have to worry about dropping your phones (literally anywhere), cracked/scratched screens, damaged/scratched phone and you can now use your phone whatever weather conditions, active sports or activities, etc. Sounds pretty cool, I tried it myself. Please watch the video.

 

The operating system of S40 is Android 5.1 Lollipop, very user-friendly (you need your Gmail account to set up the phone) and with Quad core processor. The Caterpillar also made their own App Toolbox, that will enable you to download all the apps you will need and tailored to the CAT® phones users.

Caterpillar Rugged Smartphone S40: Fit For Your Travel AdventuresThe phone has a 4.7″ Gorilla Glass 4 with a super bright display, actually much brighter than my other phone. The S40 also got another feature that will enable you to have different profile users, so you don’t have to keep on changing accounts and resetting your phone every time your partner, friend or siblings wants to borrow it when they go traveling.

Battery Life

Battery life is really important for us travelers as you don’t wish to run out of power in the middle nowhere. The phone’s battery life is outstanding. Considering its high and robust performance, it can last for approx. More than 10 hours of constant use (depends on apps and usage). If you have it in standby mode, the phone last for weeks, seriously!!

Connectivity and Network

The S40 has Bluetooth connectivity and wifi ready, very important! So we can upload our awesome pictures & videos in our social media profiles etc. It also an has the audio jack for your earphones (the earphones included with the phones would probably need more enhancement when it comes to sound quality). Since the phone’s OS is Android & with Bluetooth and wi-fi, you can use it as your GoPro remote, using the GoPro App, you don’t have to worry that it will get damaged by any weather conditions.

The CAT® S40 Smartphone  got a dual sim card feature and 4G ready! As a traveler, this will make our life easier because there will be no need for another phone to get your local sim card whenever you are abroad and can also let you have a faster internet connection, of course this is still subject if your network & area are compatible. Reminder, you will need a nano sim!

Caterpillar Rugged Smartphone S40: Fit For Your Travel Adventures
The Dual Sim card slot and there is a memory card slot as well compatible up to 64GB

Camera and Audio

CAT® S40 Smartphone has a 8 Megapixel (the on camera) and 2 Megapixel (front facing, for all your selfies! LOL!)

Here are the photo comparison and samples of the S40 camera:

Caterpillar Rugged Smartphone S40: Fit For Your Travel Adventures
CAT front camera normal shot – 2MP

Caterpillar Rugged Smartphone S40: Fit For Your Travel Adventures
CAT front camera 6x zoom – 2 MP
Caterpillar Rugged Smartphone S40: Fit For Your Travel Adventures
CAT front camera normal shot 2MP –Selfie with Jon Snow figure
Caterpillar Rugged Smartphone S40: Fit For Your Travel Adventures
Camera trial, using S40 main camera -8MP
Caterpillar Rugged Smartphone S40: Fit For Your Travel Adventures
Left Photo: Normal Capture -main camera 8MP             Right Photo: 6x (max) Zoom – Main camera 8MP

Caterpillar Rugged Smartphone S40: Fit For Your Travel Adventures
CAT main camera normal shot – 8MP

Caterpillar Rugged Smartphone S40: Fit For Your Travel Adventures
CAT main camera zoom 6x — 8MP

The camera of S40 is pretty good & decent to take your daily snaps while you are travelling, I like the HD lens of the camera. It might need some improvements in the zoom in features. You might still need to use your posh DSLR camera or digital compact cameras to capture your travel photos in higher resolution.

For the audio quality of S40, it is pretty loud and good quality when you plug in your earphones. When you put the phone in a loudspeaker mode, the phone is still strong enough in a room setting however not loud enough when you have other noise in your surroundings. I have tried to use it while having a shower and listen to some songs in Youtube, and I can barely hear the songs. I think because of the phone is well built, the casing partially covers the speaker.

Other Caterpillar Rugged phones:

Caterpillar Rugged Smartphone S40: Fit For Your Travel Adventures
Caterpillar S50 Rugged Smartphone
Caterpillar Rugged Smartphone S40: Fit For Your Travel Adventures
Caterpillar B100 Rugged Phone
Caterpillar Rugged Smartphone S40: Fit For Your Travel Adventures
Caterpillar B30 Rugged Phone

Caterpillar & JCB Rugged Accessories:

Caterpillar Rugged Smartphone S40: Fit For Your Travel Adventures
Caterpillar Leather Accessories phone and tablet cover

Caterpillar Rugged Smartphone S40: Fit For Your Travel Adventures
JCB rugged phone and screen protectors

Caterpillar Rugged Smartphone S40: Fit For Your Travel Adventures
JCB rugged Bluetooth speakers and car chargers

Caterpillar Rugged Smartphone S40: Fit For Your Travel Adventures
Ipads & Samsung tablets

Caterpillar Rugged Smartphone S40: Fit For Your Travel Adventures
Caterpillar Active Urban Accessories phone cover

Caterpillar Rugged Smartphone S40: Fit For Your Travel Adventures
Caterpillar Micro USB Car Charger

Caterpillar Rugged Smartphone S40: Fit For Your Travel Adventures
Caterpillar Vehicle Mount

Caterpillar Rugged Smartphone S40: Fit For Your Travel Adventures
Caterpillar Rugged Case -for Iphone & Samsung

The Caterpillar S40 is complimentary provided to the bloggers during the event the for a product review. Thanks a lot to Bullitt Group and Caterpillar for the great opportunity given to the Two Monkeys Travel Group to represent the travel niche. All opinions in this product review are my own.

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Ryazan TristramRyazan Tristram is named after a Russian city near Moscow. The Miss Zan-shine of Everything Zany – A Photography, Lifestyle and Dual Citizen Travel Blog. She likes to travel, history, meet people & try exotic foods! Planning to explore more countries with her D.I.Y trips as a Dual Citizen (British – Filipina). Follow her travels on Facebook and Instagram.

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27 thoughts on “Caterpillar Rugged Smartphone S40: Fit For Your Travel Adventures

  1. Do you remember when the rugged ones were hard to find? Hahaha… now that i have seen the agm models online i think its more affordable to have a ruggerized one and i m happy for that :O have you seen the battery on the x1 18k gold edition !? 🙂 personally i just are too much about the ppr

  2. sounds like a great phone. I have the s50 it’s got 2 cons from my point of view.
    but impressive apps. great for constructors.
    let’s see how CAT lives up to the name for further products and handsets. ?

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