Cat S40 review has a rubberized back cover and a sturdy metal case – the perfect solution for these active lifestyles.
Most modern smartphones are rectangular in shape with rounded or nearly right angles, but Cat S40 review shaped more like a hexagon, which gives it a unique appearance. Silver edge smartphone to give the gloss, but otherwise, it looks like a truck tire, both in appearance and to the touch.
On the left side of the phone, there is a special button is yellow, which is the hallmark of the company Caterpillar. By default, it includes a flashlight, but you can program it to run a single application, or a wake-up device running the application Google.
On the right side under the hood hiding card slot MicroSD, nano SIM, and micro USB. Here there are three black embossed buttons: two for volume control, and a power button. Under the 4.7-inch display are three physical keys, “Back”, “Home” and “Application Menu”.
All the buttons are easy to find and press the gloves, although press requires some effort. The cover on the right side to access the open slots in gloves is much more difficult.
Cat S40 review has dimensions of 145 x 74 x 12 mm. It is smaller but thicker than the Google Nexus 5X (Eng.), Motorola Droid Maxx 2 (Eng.) And Galaxy S6 Active. Compared with these models display at Cat S40 is less than 4.7 inches.
Cat S40 review is weighing in at 185 grams heavier than any of the standard of Android-smartphone. On this parameter to close it only OnePlus 2 (Eng.) – 175 g and the Motorola Droid Maxx 2 – 170 g more weight clearly visible when you take the phone in hand, but given the strength of the structure, it is justified.
The strength and water resistance: Cat S40 review
Cat S40 review is able to withstand even a very strong blow. Fall protection meets the military specification MIL-810G, that is, it must withstand a fall from a height of 1.80 m. Also, it is designed for continuous operation in extreme temperatures from -25 to 55 degrees Celsius.
Several times we dropped Cat S40 review on a concrete floor from a height of about 180 cm, but the machine is not affected. However, unlike the Droid Turbo 2 screen is not shockproof.
Cat S40 review has rated protection against water and dust IP67, ie it is dust and waterproof and can withstand immersion in water to a depth of 1 meter for 60 minutes. We dipped into the aquarium smartphone depth of about 30 cm, but first make sure that the side cover is securely closed. An hour later we got Cat S40 out of the water, and it still worked fine.
For convenience, extreme or builders working protective equipment, Gorilla Glass display in Cat S40 review detects the touch even when wearing gloves thickness up to 4 mm. Glove modes without any problems, we run the application, and flip through pages with the gloves.
Also, the screen detects wet fingers, so the phone can be used in rain or under water.
Display and Sound: Cat S40 review
With the 4.7-inch diagonal touchscreen, Cat S40 review has a resolution of only 960 x 540 pixels, which is small by today’s standards. Trailer for “Star Wars: The Awakening forces” looked quite colorful, and in the video were clearly visible bright orange stripes droid BB-8 and dents on the helmet of Darth Vader. However, the viewing angles are limited and lean when the phone in different directions, the image is blurred.
Cat S40 review was developed taking into account the work in bright sunlight, and the task he copes. Our calibrator showed 566 nits of brightness. This is more than the average smartphone and Galaxy S6 Active (547 nits). However, Cat on this indicator gives Droid Maxx 2.
Error gamma-Delta E of 2.5, thus, Cat S40 review transmits shades better than the average smartphone, but competing models selected slightly closer to the ideal index 0.
The speaker is installed in the bottom of the Cat S40 review sounds loud enough even for a small conference room, but the music sounds through it with a little rattling. Musical compositions often become tinny and unpleasant sound.
Applications: Cat S40 features
Cat S40 features are not running the latest operating system Android 5.0.1 Lollipop, which has a standard appearance. In addition, to the Play, Store company offers its own app store, called App Toolbox that Caterpillar created in collaboration with Apple and. It pedo branny applications designed specifically for people of various construction specialties.
The App Toolbox have lists Construction Apps (applications for builders) and Farming Apps (applications for agriculture), as well as applications such as Mining Weekly, Track Construction Equipment, ViewRanger GPS and Trails.
Caterpillar also has added its own tool called Cat Phones, which looks like the app, but really opens up in the browser Support website User Cat. So contact the technical support slightly more convenient than to search for a Web site through search, although the approach is somewhat misleading.
Productivity: Cat S40 specs
Compare with conventional Cat S40 specs smartphones in the same price – it’s like to drive a truck with a racing car – Cat S40 simply does not have enough speed. The smartphone is equipped with quad-core Snapdragon processor week 210 with a frequency of 1.1 GHz and has a total of 1 GB of RAM, and many tasks are difficult Cat S40. With the simultaneous closure of ten applications pods little phone, and then to open a large document in PDF, it took him 28 seconds, that is 15.6 seconds longer than the average smartphone. Although the screens are scrolled smoothly enough, the game is started, for example, Drag Racing, is delayed.
In general, the test Geekbench 3 Cat S40 scored only 1019 points, significantly losing an average smartphone (2758) and the eight-Maxx 2 (2170). S6 Active approximately five times faster, but he is much more expensive.
Do not expect that you can enjoy advanced three-dimensional games on Cat S40 review. In the graphic benchmark 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited, he scored only 4338 points and was three times slower than the average smartphone.
Camera: Cat S40 review
Cat S40 review is the capable 8-megapixel rear camera of doing quite a good still images, but it is inferior in quality, detail, and color accuracy cameras in smartphones premium, for example, 16-megapixel camera in the Galaxy S6 Active and Maxx 2 (21 M) in the same price.
The picture shows a building in Manhattan sky paler color than in reality. Detailing the groove under the roof was high.
At night, the camera Cat S40 review very hard to take clear pictures. Although the picture night streets of Manhattan turned bright enough to distinguish individual window on a dark building, a whole image is blurry and has a glare from the streetlights.
Video resolution of 720p (maximum for Cat S40), which the author took off in the cafe was bright, colorful and smooth.
Conclusion: Cat S40 review
Waterproof and durable smartphone Cat S40 review is perfect for working in tough conditions, but the camera is weak and low productivity significantly reduce the attractiveness of this model.
Pros Cat S40 review
- Sturdy, waterproof construction
- Good battery life
- Bright display
Cons Cat S40 review
- Mediocre camera
- The screen is low resolution
- Low productivity