The best shatter-proof phone of 2016 is the Droid Turbo 2. This phone claims to be the first shatterproof smartphone, and it appears that the phone lives up to those claims. In a test, the phone was dropped 900 feet, and it received only cosmetic damage — it was still fully functional.
A whole industry has formed around selling durable cases to protect smartphones from inevitable drops, or repairing shattered screens when they happen. Motorola wants to cut out the middle man and released the world’s first shatterproof phone. A lofty promise for sure, but does the product deliver? A WSJ reviewer thinks so:
Twenty drops. Ten times from five feet up. Ten times from 10 feet up. And the Motorola Droid Turbo 2′s screen didn’t suffer so much as a small crack.
UnlockRiver put the Droid Turbo 2 through an even more rigorous test, dropping the phone from a height of 900 feet. The Droid Turbo 2 had some slight cosmetic damage, but remained completely operational after the fall. UR gave it a durability rating of 9.8.
The phone is constructed with five layers of flexible plastic AMOLED and an aluminum chassis. All five layers are proven to absorb shock from dropping and to preserve structural integrity. They also protect the phone from environmental conditions such as adhesion, abrasions and environmental chemicals.
The phone claims to have a 48-hour battery life with a high capacity 3760 mAh battery that can be charged in 15 minutes. It also has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor 2ith 2.0 GHz Octa-core CPUs. It has 3GB of RAM and is available with 32 or 64 GB storage. It weighs half a pound.
The Droid turbo also comes with a 21 MP camera. I have the previous iteration of the Turbo and it suffered from shutter lag and I felt it never really lived up to its full potential. Motorola promises that the Droid Turbo 2 has rapid focus with zero shutter lag and a color-balancing dual LED flash to deliver more consistency. The phone’s main drawback is that is only available to Verizon customers.
The Droid Turbo 2 is available from Amazon for about $624.
The CAT S50 is another durable smartphone. It is ideal for use on construction sites and similar environments. The CAT comes equipped with Military-grade dust water proof surface, and is drop-to-concrete resistant up to 6 feet.
The CAT S50 is available from Amazon for around $359.