Whenever a new smartphone comes out today in the modern era, people on the internet do like to enjoy comparing it to the old Nokia 3310 from time to time.
For those who do not remember the old Nokia, you could throw it at anything and it would survive. The battery on it would last for so long, you would think it has been fully charged since the time of the dinosaurs.
Since smartphones have come out, the old trustworthy Nokia has died out. In its place Apple and Samsung have taken over as kings of the smartphone world. Every year, both companies release a new phone and every new phone is exactly the same as the previous version(other than the OS, screen size, processor, storage size and RAM). The only thing that has really changed on an iPhone is the screen size while with Samsung, they have just been getting more gimmicky with each new generation of their flagship line (The Galaxy S Series smartphones).
This year, an unlikely competitor has brought a new light to the king of the smartphone race. Caterpillar (known as CAT) has partnered up with an unlikely company this year. That company is called FLIR and they specialise with thermal imaging cameras. They released a new smartphone called the CAT S60.
Of course the phone has some of the latest specs available like a 4.7” screen (that supports gloved fingers, non-gloved fingers and wet fingers), a 3800mAh battery, 32GB of storage space, 3GB RAM and a dual flash 13MP back facing camera and a 5MP front facing camera. But what really blows this phone out of the water is a built in thermal imaging camera and military (yes you read that right) grade specifications.
Let us start off with the thermal camera first. We have all wanted to be Superman at some point in our lives, to be able to see through walls and tell what is on the other side. Well, this camera can tell you how hot a wall or a person is (sorry readers, but I am talking about the temperature of a person, not the 1-10 rating). This of course is not meant for the everyday consumer. This is meant for emergency services, mining or any other application where thermal imaging is a must! You are even able to select which place on the screen shows what the temperature.
Personally I find this part of the phone the funniest of all. There is a switch on the phone that lets you select how waterproof the phone is. You can actually change whether it is able to survive 2m underwater or 5m underwater. Personally, I would leave it at 5m all the time so that I do not have to worry about it but to show the option to some of your friends, should give them a laugh.
In regards to the military grade specification, it is MIL Spec-810G certified. This means that this phone has been through hell and back to receive this rating. Some of the tests include placing it in an acidic environment, freezing then thawing it out, explosive atmosphere and my personal favourite, ballistic shock. You can find out what it exactly needs to pass here.
As I said earlier, this phone is not meant for the everyday consumer. It is meant for people in the construction industry, emergency services, mining industry or even the army.
So why did I mention Nokia in the beginning? Quite simple, in my personal opinion I think this phone is a close contender to dethrone the Nokia 3310 from its position of being a super durable phone. If you were to compare Samsung, Apple and the CAT S60, the Samsung would be the teenager who likes to copy their hip twin, the Apple and the CAT S60 would be related to The Rock.
To summarise, we finally have a smartphone that has been made to shine out of the pack of the same, rehashed Samsung’s and Apples that has actually provided us with a non-gimmicky feature unlike Samsung’s heart rate sensor that was built into the Galaxy S5 or Apple’s feature that lets you take photo’s that capture a movement.