Since I lost my phone I’ve been making do with an ancient one that Mrs VB had in a drawer. I need a replacement. I use it for three things i) phoning people every so often (voice, not video), ii) taking photos of stuff (everything from the landscape to small bust things in people’s hifi), iii) as cover for emergencies when I’m out in the countryside, walking, when it not infrequently rains. I don’t demand very high standards in any of these things, but as far as iii) goes the day may come when I really do need the thing to work…
My old Galaxy S5 did a decent job but I did worry a bit about keeping it dry when out, and if the screen got damp/wet then it could become pretty much non-functional, except as a simple radio beacon that a search party might track.
So I’m thinking about one of the ‘rugged’ phones, probably from one of the specialist makers - Blackview, Ulefone, Doogee etc - since these promise high signal sensitivity, long battery life, good screen brightness when outdoors and reasonable water tolerance as well as some resistance to being knocked/dropped. Rather than shelling out £400-500 on the latest feature-packed release I’d probably look to pick up something second-hand from the previous generation, or even the one before that. The Blackview BV9500 has reasonable reviews, for example.
I just wondered if anyone had experience of kit like this and any advice to offer ?