Caterpillar Cat S31 review
Our Caterpillar Cat S31 review takes a close look at the latest ultra tough phone from Caterpillar. The Cat S31 is ideal for site workers and people into extreme sports or activities. It is priced in the UK at from £19.50 per month on a 24 month contract, making it affordable to almost anyone.
How tough is the Cat S31?
The Caterpillar Cat S31 has two certificates that confirm its toughness.
The first is IP68 certification and this identifies that the phone is impervious to dust and is waterproof for complete submersion to a depth of 1.2m for up to 35 minutes.
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The second certification is Mil-Spec 810G.This certification covers a lot of different tests but the standards that are most important to non-military people include:
- Withstanding the shock of a drop onto concrete from a height of 6ft/1.8m
- Protected against salt mist spray
- Safe for operation in conditions ranging from -30°C to 55°C
The Cat S31 incorporates a few features to ensure that it can not only withstand harsh conditions, but be used during them as well. This includes a scratch resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass 3) 4.7” HD (720 x 1280 pixels) Super Bright Display. The display is designed for use under direct sunlight and the touchscreen works even when fingers are wet or inside gloves.
A more secure grip is given through a set of pronounced ridges on the back case. The Cat S31 also slips into a pocket easily with its diagonally cut edges. The phone isn’t much heavier than a standard phone at 200g or much bigger at 146 x 74 x 12.6mm.
Comparison: The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus weighs 173g and has dimensions of 159 x 73 x 8.1mm.
While we are discussing usability we should highlight that the Cat S31 has a multifunctional programmable key. This can be used for Push to Talk (PTT) two-way radio/walkie-talkie transmissions or it can have other functions assigned to it.
The key can be used to wake the phone up, turn on the torch, manage incoming calls or launch a Google search browser. What’s more, you can assign a function to a long and short press, so you aren’t limited to just one function.
Phone Set Up
If you want to transfer content over from an old smartphone then you can and there is a 16GB internal memory for doing this. If in the future you need more memory, then you can insert a microSD memory card into the slot, with any value of up to 128GB.
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Fully featured smartphone
Just because a phone is tough it doesn’t mean that it has to be stupid. And, the Cat S31 certainly isn’t a dumb phone with all of the whistles and bells of the Google Android Nougat operating system.
The Android OS includes the Google Assistant, Calendar, Maps for use with the GPS, Chrome browser, Play Music and Play Store for downloading new apps. The experience is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.3GHz quad-core processor with 2GB RAM.
Further features that you may find useful include a 3.5mm audio jack for connecting earphones, a digital compass and Bluetooth for connecting wireless accessories or for transferring data/content to another Bluetooth enabled device.
Camera & Video
The Cat S31 has a high resolution 8MP camera with autofocus and an LED flash. Its weakest point in terms of photography is the 2MP selfie camera, which is a little low in resolution. It does however let you do cool things with the PIP (picture-in-picture) feature, which lets you use both cameras at once to put yourself in the photo.
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The camera app has all of the scene modes that you may need, along with panorama, a self-timer, white balance, ISO, anti-flicker and filter effects.
A battery that lasts
The Cat S31 gives workers and extreme sports fans one of the most important things that they will be looking for. This is a 4,000mAh battery that lasts for absolutely ages. It offers up to 38 days of standby or up to 30 hours of talk time.
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Written by: Michael Brown