Did you heard of Caterpillar or Cat? Probably yes, if you’re ever passing by the construction site where you could see the yellow excavators, tractors, trucks and similar machinery. Structural equipment is not the only field where you can find this famous name, because we tested came after the introductory sentence so unreal, CAT Android smartphone. It is quite robust phone shockproof, water and dust. In terms of hardware, it is not overly impressive, but the B15 is still conceived as a phone for users who often find themselves in difficult environments.
Cat B15 is a model that will be of interest to people who work in not-so-clean areas prone to dirt, whose job requires you to be most of the time out in the open, exposed to rougher weather. We’re talking about jobs that require you to get your hands dirty, as for example the work on the construction site or other sites, or other types of mining excavations, as well as other places where there is a lot of dust, where the constant rain, humidity is very high, where the temperatures are low.
Dimensions-125 x 69.5 x 15 mm
Display-4.0 “TFT TN, 800 x 480 (233 ppi), Corning Gorilla Glass
Camera – 5 MP, 1080p video
Front camera 0.3-MP
Processor Dual-Core Cortex A9 at 1 GHz, PowerVR SGX531 GPU – MediaTek MT6577 chipset
Memory-4GB storage (2.56Gb available), 1GB RAM
-MicroSD memory expansion up to 32GB
Operating System – Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
Connections-microUSB, WiFi 802.11 b / g / n, Bluetooth 3.0
Data transfer – HSDPA, 42 Mbps, HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
The phone is definitely robust, since the resistance to shock and downs over the aluminum coated with thicker rubber.
On the left side behind the rubber part that provides water resistance, there is a microUSB port. Please note that it is located a little deeper than usual, and there is not much space on the sides, so it must use its power as a narrow plastic side than usual. Starboard contains yellow buttons for volume control, and between the physical button for the camera. At the top in the middle behind the rubber door there is a 3.5mm headphone jack, while the right of it is yellow Power button. The back is rubberized plastic cover with a large silver Cat logo, and the slider, which locks the cover, so that it was safer.
Cat B15 contains a Jelly Bean 4.1.2 version of Android.The screen will not impress you, as regards type of TFT with a slightly weaker viewing angle, display cold, but quite good sharpness for this diagonal – 233 dots per inch.
We are played with water resistance and resistance to dust, so we plopped in a bowl of water, rolling on the ground and the dirt, and then wash it under running tap water. As expected, the phone has survived without any problems.
Cat B15 is a very interesting Android smartphone, because it attracts attention by its concept. He may not be one of the most powerful phone, but its hardware is sufficient to provide a very smooth Jelly Bean experience. It also comes with the AOSP version of Android, which many will appreciate more in comparison with modified user interface that you can meet with many other manufacturers. Battery life is good, so it will easily survive one day of frequent use.
– Poor camera
– Average screen
– Higher price
Price- around 392 euros.