More than a year after we reviewed the Cat S60, a rugged smartphone equipped with an infrared FLIR camera, we’re checking out the S41, another device from the Bullitt group which licenses the Cat brand (along with Range Rover and Kodak) and has been gradually growing its clout in the small but highly profitable ruggedized vertical.
Described as a phone “which won’t win any beauty contests” by one of our peers, the Cat S41 is actually not that bad looking (beauty, as always, lies in the eye of the beholder). It’s aimed squarely at a different audience from those looking for an aesthetically eye-catching model like the Samsung Galaxy S8 or the iPhone X.
It is a ruggedized phone with a 5-inch display and while it is both bigger and heavier than a standard smartphone with a similar screen size, it’s likely to be far more resistant all-round, and, more importantly perhaps, won’t require a separate case to protect it.
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