X

Take a look at the Cat B15Q (pictures)

The Cat B15Q is a rugged smartphone from a company better known for construction vehicles; let's take a closer look.

nateralph.jpg
nateralph.jpg

Nate Ralph

See full bio
catb15q-1-bright-4.jpg
1 of 9 Nate Ralph/CNET

The Cat B15Q

The Cat B15Q is a rugged smartphone , built to take a beating. But it's far less bulky than other phones in its class, and looks good to boot. It's available from places like Home Depot for $349 (£249.99) -- I reviewed a dual SIM model, available for $359.

catb15q-4.jpg
2 of 9 Nate Ralph/CNET

Caterpillar's take on the rugged smartphone is just shy of 3 inches wide, and has a 4-inch display.

catb15q-8.jpg
3 of 9 Nate Ralph/CNET

At just under 6 ounces, this phone isn't exactly light. But it cuts a slim figure for a device that's meant to take a beating.

catb15q-5.jpg
4 of 9 Nate Ralph/CNET

On the right side of the phone, you'll find the volume controls (in Caterpillar yellow) and a dedicated camera button: tap it twice to fire up the camera.

catb15q-6.jpg
5 of 9 Nate Ralph/CNET

There's the power button, adjacent to the flap that protects the headphone jack.

catb15q-3.jpg
6 of 9 Nate Ralph/CNET

The 5-megapixel camera on the rear can take some satisfactory shots if the conditions are just right. But it generally produces images that are full of image noise, with washed-out colors.

catb15q-9.jpg
7 of 9 Nate Ralph/CNET

This lock keeps the backplate secure. Slide it to the left to unlock it, then pry the backplate off.

catb15q-10.jpg
8 of 9 Nate Ralph/CNET

The 2,000mAh battery is rated at 16 hours of talk time. It blocks the SIM cards and the microSD card slot, so you'll need to remove it from time to time.

catb15q-13.jpg
9 of 9 Nate Ralph/CNET

When properly sealed, the phone can sit in up to a meter of water, for up to 30 minutes; occasional splashes are no problem.

More Galleries

2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More
John Cena attends Warner Bros. premiere of The Suicide Squad, in costume as Peacemaker.

2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More

95 Photos
Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More
thor4

Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More

85 Photos
The Best Games on Nintendo Switch in 2022
zelda-cnet-2.jpg

The Best Games on Nintendo Switch in 2022

36 Photos
The 51 Best VR Games
astro-bot-rescue-mission-screen-02-ps4-us-18may18

The 51 Best VR Games

53 Photos
2023 Toyota Crown Is One Funky Hybrid Sedan
2023 Toyota Crown

2023 Toyota Crown Is One Funky Hybrid Sedan

48 Photos
24 things you should never, ever google
snape

24 things you should never, ever google

25 Photos
DIY scratched screen repair: Magic and myths
img9412.jpg

DIY scratched screen repair: Magic and myths

10 Photos