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Have you wondered what phones will last when a zombie apocalypse arrives? Even though the possibility is extremely low, the question is still rather interesting to consider. Of course, we’re assuming that there’s still power and cell service.
To answer the question, we dug through the internet to unearth some possibilities. You can find them and the explanations below. Find out which phones are the toughest ones out there and will keep running when the walkers come.
- Unihertz Titan Pocket
- Cat S22 Flip
- Nokia XR20
- Cat S42 H+
- Doogee S97 Pro
- Cat S62 Pro
- Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro
- Unihertz Atom XL
- Sonim XP8
- Panasonic Toughbook FZ-T1
10. Unihertz Titan Pocket
Even though the Blackberry-style keyboard is incredibly rare today, the feature might come in handy when the civilized world grinds to a stop. The Unihertz Titan Pocket is a smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard. Compared to a touchscreen, this type of keyboard will reduce typing mistakes, especially while running in the field.
The keyboard also has a trackpad should you need one, but the touchscreen capability is still adequate.
As with a computer, you can program key combinations as shortcuts for quick access. However, there’s a programmable side button you can assign for push-to-talk for true emergencies.
Unfortunately, the Titan Pocket has no substantial water resistance which might not make it ideal for a water escape. It’s also not for everyone, even if the keyboard can be useful. Let continue on our journey of phones for zombie apocalypse.
9. Cat S22 Flip
Smartphones are nice to have no matter the situation, but sometimes a flip phone is more practical. Simple tends to be most effective in emergencies, and that’s definitely the case when you’re being chased by shambling zombies. Instead of fumbling through a screen, call for help using the Cat S22 Flip.
The S22 Flip has a programmable push-to-talk button that works immediately. Once you hold it down, anyone on the same network can hear you. This makes sending messages much faster than it is with smartphones that don’t have such a button.
Water and shock won’t stop the S22 Flip from working, as it’s rated at both IP68 and MIL-SPEC 810H. You can throw it on the ground or drop it into a tank of chemicals, but it will still work.
Finally, you could consider hitting a zombie with the rigid shell as the last resort.
While the Cat S22 Flip is solid, it doesn’t have the camera resolution other smartphones have. It’s not the best for recording footage or taking pictures of a particularly interesting zombie. With that being said, the is still one of the better phones for a zombie apocalypse.
8. Nokia XR20
Nokia’s reputation for figuratively indestructible phones was dead for an extended period, but that reputation has come back to life. The XR20 proves that the company has what it takes to sell rugged phones. This device can compete with other products currently on the market.
To start with, Nokia ensures that each example passes MIL-SPEC 810H. You can do anything you want to the phone short of extreme trauma and chemical attacks before it starts to malfunction. That includes a 1.8m drop on the concrete floors a zombie shelter might have.
In addition, the XR20 is rated at IP65 waterproofing. It will stay in operation so long as you don’t submerge it for too long.
Notably, the screen is made of Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, which is currently the strongest glass smartphone screen available. You’ll want your display to stay scratch-free, as you might have to clearly read crucial information.
The Google Assistant button is fixed, meaning you can’t customize it. The phone also can’t run a dual SIM plus microSD card setup simultaneously. You can only have one SIM and SD card active at any given time.
7. Cat S42 H+
The Cat S42 H+ is unique amongst many other rugged smartphones. Similar phones are built like tanks but aren’t designed to kill bacteria. The S42 H+, on the other hand, has silver ions built into the hardware. This feature makes it the first permanently antimicrobial phone, as silver ions don’t disappear.
In a zombie apocalypse, medical supplies are scarce, and even the slightest infection may pose a problem if left untreated. Mobile phones are a microbe’s favorite nests, so it makes sense to keep them as clean as possible.
Other than this feature, the S42 H+ complies with MIL-SPEC 810H. It can withstand a 1.8m drop on concrete and will surely take hard knocks running away from zombies easily. It’s also IP68 and IP69 waterproof, letting you use it in wet locations.
Something users may the 3GB of RAM, which is very low for a smartphone, less than adequate. There’s also no fingerprint sensor for quick activation.
6. Doogee S97 Pro
The Doogee S97 Pro is still a tough nut to crack despite being slightly overshadowed. It’s one of the best phones for surviving in a zombie apocalypse, as the battery is quite large. At 8,500mAh, many other phones will struggle to stay active.
An extra feature you may appreciate is the integrated laser rangefinder. Snipers have dedicated rangefinders, but not everyone has access to such a tool. But with this phone, if you have a high-powered rifle, a rangefinder can help you adjust your aim as well as let you stay in contact with everyone else.
In addition, it comes with a powerful battery and doesn’t need frequent charging. There are also two programmable buttons that you can bind to various functions.
Unlike some rugged phones, the CPU and cameras are all above average. You can run multiple tasks and record videos clearly.
On the downside, the side buttons the S97 Pro comes with are too easy to press, and the phone may accidentally turn off as a result. This issue can be dangerous in an emergency. The Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections are also sometimes spotty.
5. Cat S62 Pro
Clear vision is incredibly important in dangerous environments, as humans are a highly visual species. With the Cat S62 Pro, anyone can stay informed of their surroundings. This mobile phone has advanced thermal imaging, putting it in league with some of the best smartphones worldwide.
The Cat S62 Pro uses the highest resolution FLIR Lepton sensor to date, which has four times more thermal pixels than a typical thermal sensor. The phone also employs FLIR’s VividIR technology. With it, the thermal image is sharper and delivers more details.
Thanks to the thermal camera, zombies can no longer sneak up on you in the dark. You’ll still need to be aware of your surroundings, but the S62 Pro gives you an edge over the undead.
As with the Cat S42 H+, it’s rated at MIL-SPEC 810H, IP68, and IP69. Dust, impact, and water won’t prevent you from detecting walkers.
The S62 Pro has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor that’s somewhat dated. It also doesn’t have face recognition software, which is unusual for a device that’s also designed for use while wearing gloves. You’ll have to remove the gloves before using the fingerprint sensor.
4. Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro
You might be surprised that a Samsung phone made our list, but the Galaxy XCover Pro isn’t playing around. This rugged phone is quite similar in dimensions to other standard smartphones, which translates to increased portability.
Regardless, it passes MIL-SPEC 810G standards, which involve a 1.5m drop test. The Galaxy XCover Pro also has an IP68 rating. Both dust and water won’t do serious damage unless there are excessive amounts of either.
The most interesting feature is the 4,050mAh removable battery, which is pretty rare for a modern smartphone. However, should there be a zombie apocalypse, carrying extra batteries around sounds brilliant. That’s because power may be hard to find, and it’s crucial to stay connected.
There are also programmable buttons if you like the push-to-talk feature. Staying connected with teammates is essential to survival and swiping the screen can be deadly for everyone near you. You can’t afford to be careless for even a second.
The underpowered processor might let some users down, especially if they’re running demanding apps. The charging speed is also too slow, which hinders effectiveness in the field.
3. Unihertz Atom XL
Despite our hypothetical zombie apocalypse with power and cell service, dead zones may still exist. You’ll still need a way to keep in touch with your loved ones. Fortunately, the Unihertz Atom XL works even if there’s no cell service.
This rugged Android smartphone has Digital Mobile Radio support. What this means is you can treat the Atom XL like a walkie-talkie. Cell service dead zones won’t mean anything to you if your friends are on the same frequency.
The DMR range is wide – up to eight kilometers. Your team can be spread out all over the area and still talk to each other.
Of course, a rugged phone isn’t complete without MIL-SPEC certification. This example passes MIL-SPEC 810G. As for water resistance, Unihertz places it at IP68, perfect for rainy conditions.
Another striking aspect of the Atom XL is its tiny size. It measures 5.3 x 2.56 x 0.69 inches. Put it in your pocket and you might even forget it’s there.
The MIL-SPEC 810G rating is real, but it’s also dated. It won’t fare as well as newer standards. In addition, the small screen is surrounded by large bezels.
2. Sonim XP8
The Sonim XP8 isn’t attractive visually, but that won’t matter when you’re fighting just to survive. Instead, the company designed it to withstand the harshest environments while letting users stay in contact with others.
What sets the Sonim XP8 apart is that it comes with FirstNet Ready certification. FirstNet is a congestion-free network reserved for first responders. Every millisecond counts when the zombies come, especially when you’re calling for help.
There’s also a push-to-talk button for walkie-talkie-style communication. It works well in areas with poor cell signals.
Among the phones on our list, the XP8 is likely the toughest one. It has IP68, IP69, and IP69K ratings, allowing it to work for 30 minutes underwater at 6.5 feet.
The XP8 also has MIL-SPEC 810G and Non-Incendive Class I, II, and III ratings. Very few rivals are capable of such feats.
The screen also works with wet fingers and gloves.
The XP8 can be too bulky for some pockets, and some users have experienced call dropping. Nevertheless, it’s a great phone for zombie apocalypses.
1. Panasonic Toughbook FZ-T1
The Panasonic Toughbook FZ-T1 is another unique phone that made our list. While this phones integrated barcode scanner isn’t the most helpful feature for fighting in a zombie apocalypse, it’s still a solid piece of smartphone hardware. One look at it is enough to tell it’s built to survive industrial environments.
There’s a programmable side button for possible push-to-talk functionality, but some users may notice the covered MicroUSB port first. Keeping a device operational is a high priority, and the ports are often the most fragile components. With a cover, the port gets to stay in service longer.
The 3,200mAh battery is removable, and as we mentioned earlier, this feature can be beneficial when surrounded by zombies and the nearest charger is way over there.
The FZ-T1 only has 2GB of RAM, which makes running multiple tasks challenging at times. The processor is also quite weak. Finally, the barcode scanner is useless during chaotic times.
These are the top 10 phones for a zombie apocalypse. While there are many rugged phones out there, it would be too long to include any more. You can depend on each of these with your life.