The very first thing you’ll be aware concerning the Cat B35 is that it’s rugged. Whereas the prime quality smartphones are getting slimmer and slimmer, the Cat B35 is proudly an enormous gadget with a thick plastic shell.
To be truthful, it’s precisely the telephone you’d count on an organization finest identified for its tractors and bulldozers, and will in all probability survive being run over by one too. For many who work in an industrial setting or just discover themselves out and about within the nice open air loads, that ruggedness might positively turn out to be useful.
Let’s begin with the software program, as there isn’t an excessive amount of to say on that. The B35 runs on KaiOS, the identical one as Nokia’s dumb telephones, so that you’re getting a reasonably comparable expertise to what I’ve already described on the aforementioned units, albeit with fewer apps. Maybe Cat noticed match to encourage its customers to concentrate on work somewhat than taking part in Snake.
Like most of the different telephones on this information, the Cat B35 has a 2MP digital camera on board which might report images and movies. It additionally has GPS, a voice recorder, and you may join it to your pc with the microUSB which comes within the field so as to add music to the gadget. It does have a headphone jack too which is useful.
The gadget is dustproof and waterproof (as much as 1.2m for 35 minutes) and might survive being dropped from some critical heights. I chucked it off the balcony on the Telegraph workplace which is about 5-6m off the ground and the telephone survived with nary a scratch on it. Admittedly it was dropped onto carpet, so it could not survive a fall from that peak onto a more durable floor. Based on Cat, it may be dropped 1.8m onto concrete earlier than any results develop into seen. Apparently it might probably additionally survive excessive temperatures, however as September afternoons in London aren’t identified for his or her uncommon temperatures, I couldn’t check this myself. Protected to say although, it ought to be capable of survive the overwhelming majority of what you place it by means of.
The one downside with this sturdiness is that every one the ports on the telephone are coated by thick caps which may be barely tough to budge making it a bit annoying whenever you simply wish to plug some headphones in or join your charger. It’s not a dealbreaker, and it’ll assist your telephone preserve mud out, but it surely’s a little bit of an annoyance.
One other barely irksome function is the intense LED torch. As a torch, it really works completely high-quality, the difficulty comes with the way in which of accessing it. You flip it on and off with a protracted press on the route pad. Thus far, so good. Nonetheless, it is going to solely activate when the telephone’s house display is on. You’ll be able to’t flip the torch on with the telephone in sleep mode, and you may’t open it whenever you’ve acquired an app open. If you wish to use the torch whilst you’re watching YouTube, for instance, you’d must wake the telephone, return to the house display, activate the torch, then navigate again to YouTube. Is it a dealbreaker? No. Nevertheless it might have been a lot simpler. There isn’t any level having a devoted torch in your telephone if it’s going to be that fiddly.
The battery is sweet though it pales compared to the Nokia 3310’s. It ought to provide you with 12 hours of talktime earlier than it begins to lag.
Finally, should you’re shopping for a Cat telephone, you’re shopping for it for the sturdiness and the B35 pulls that off with aplomb. It’s additionally full of loads of different options for fundamental telephone customers like web and emails. Sadly, Cat lets the telephone down with a number of poor design decisions which, though you may navigate round them, do mar the expertise slightly.
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Worth: £65.47, Amazon