Rugged smartphones will never reach the same sort of status as their consumer-focused alter egos (except perhaps for the Predator-like Cat S60). Their lack of finesse and edginess combined with the absence of cutting-edge components, and the fact that they represent relatively poor value-for-money, means that these devices will never sell in huge numbers.
The Zebra TC75x is one of the newest rugged models to hit the market and carries a suggested retail price of more than £2,000 (around $2,580, AU$3,420); although you can get one with a steep discount (more than 30%) if you shop around.
We sourced one (part number TC75FK-22B22AD-A6) from Stuff-UK for just over £1,400 (around $1,800, AU$2,400), which is about 20 times more than what you’d pay for a consumer-grade phone with similar components.
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