The very first thing you’ll be aware concerning the Cat B35 is that it’s rugged. Whereas the top quality smartphones are getting slimmer and slimmer, the Cat B35 is proudly an enormous system with a thick plastic shell.
To be truthful, it’s precisely the cellphone 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 outside loads, that ruggedness might positively come in 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 gadgets, albeit with fewer apps. Maybe Cat noticed match to encourage its customers to deal with work quite than taking part in Snake.
Like lots of the different telephones on this information, the Cat B35 has a 2MP digicam on board which may report photographs 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 system. It does have a headphone jack too which is useful.
The system is dustproof and waterproof (as much as 1.2m for 35 minutes) and may 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 cellphone 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 tougher floor. In line with Cat, it may be dropped 1.8m onto concrete earlier than any results turn out to be seen. Apparently it could 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. Secure to say although, it ought to be capable to survive the overwhelming majority of what you set it via.
The one drawback with this sturdiness is that every one the ports on the cellphone are coated by thick caps which will 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 cellphone hold mud out, however it’s a little bit of an annoyance.
One other barely irksome characteristic is the intense LED torch. As a torch, it really works completely wonderful, the difficulty comes with the way in which of accessing it. You flip it on and off with a protracted press on the course pad. To this point, so good. Nonetheless, it can solely activate when the cellphone’s residence display screen is on. You may’t flip the torch on with the cellphone in sleep mode, and you may’t open it whenever you’ve received an app open. If you wish to use the torch whilst you’re watching YouTube, for instance, you’d need to wake the cellphone, return to the house display screen, activate the torch, then navigate again to YouTube. Is it a dealbreaker? No. However it might have been a lot simpler. There is no such thing as a level having a devoted torch in your cellphone if it’s going to be that fiddly.
The battery is sweet though it pales compared to the Nokia 3310’s. It ought to offer you 12 hours of talktime earlier than it begins to lag.
In the end, in case you’re shopping for a Cat cellphone, 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 cellphone customers like web and emails. Sadly, Cat lets the cellphone down with a number of poor design selections which, though you may navigate round them, do mar the expertise a little bit.
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