Caterpillar Cat S61 review
Integrated tools for the trades
Our Caterpillar Cat S61 review finds a phone that is truly like no other. The Cat S61 incorporates tools for the trades, such as a thermal imaging camera, air pollution sensor and a laser assisted distance measure.
The Cat S61 will replace the Cat S60 during Q2 of 2018. You can buy the phone on a monthly contract or purchase the handset alone, from £799.
Mil-Spec 810G and IP68 certification
The Cat S61 is IP68 certified and tested to Mil-Spec 810G. These are extremely high standards and indicate that the phone is:
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Waterproof to three metres for one hour, including immersion in salt water
Drop proof from a height of 1.8 metres onto concrete
This Cat phone gets its toughness from a reinforced aluminium die-cast frame and a screen that is protected behind Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The screen is a 5.2” Full HD display that is optimised for outdoor use and can recognises touches even when the screen is wet or you are wearing gloves.
Flagship processing power
You might be thinking that a tough phone can’t hang it with the big boys, but in the case of the Cat S61 this isn’t the case at all. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 2.2GHz octa-core processor has 4GB RAM, which compares to:
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If you need to transfer content over from an old work phone, then there is a 64GB internal memory to accommodate this. If you need more than this, then there is a up to 256GB microSD card slot.
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Indoor air quality sensor
The Caterpillar Cat S61 has a Sensirion indoor air quality sensor. It is designed to monitor indoor air pollutants (VOCs / volatile organic compounds) that could come from paints, cleaning products or solvents.
When the alarm sounds, you can take appropriate actions such as opening a window or taking a break. The sensor also provides other useful information such as the current temperature and humidity readings.
Laser assisted distance measurement tool
The Cat S61 has a laser assisted distance measurement tool that can make ten metre point-to-point measurements. You can switch between imperial and metric measurements, calculate area or return to the image data at a later date, to make new measurements.
Its useful applications are wide and a good example would be an electrician who needs to estimate the length of cable needed for a specific job.
The Cast S61 runs on Google’s Android Oreo operating system and if you buy this phone you will get the update to Android P, upon availability.
Camera & Video
FLIR Thermal imaging camera
One of the most used features on the Cat S60 (60% of owners use it at least once a week) is the thermal imaging camera. On the Cat S61, things get significantly better.
The image contrast has been improved, the resolution has been upgraded to HD (from VGA) and it can now read temperatures from -20C and up to 400C. What’s more, the MyFlir app will let you live stream thermal video back to the office.
The practical uses of a thermal imaging camera include:
- Vehicle diagnostics
- Asphalt monitoring
- Moisture spotting
- Identifying heat loss around doors and windows
- Spotting missing insulation
- Identifying the overheating of electrical appliances
- Identifying overloaded circuitry
- Spotting fuse box problems
- Seeing in the dark
- Seeing through smoke or fog
The standard camera on the Cat S61 is also powerful and has a higher resolution, at 16MP, than other flagship smartphones:
- Apple iPhone 8 - 12MP camera
- Samsung Galaxy S9 - 12MP camera
The camera can record 4K quality video and there is an 8MP portrait camera for taking selfies or for making video conference calls.
The high capacity 4,500mAh battery is almost unrivalled and it is perfectly warranted on a device like this. You are likely to use the phone more than a typical user, particularly if you work in a trade.
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If you wish, you can buy a Quick Charge 4 mains charger and recharge the phone in record time. This is particularly helpful if you only drop in at the office for short periods of time or if your job involves a lot of travel.
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Written by: Michael Brown