Smartphones have it rough. Plunging into water, hitting pavement, tumbling from high chairs — they’re constantly testing the limits of durability. That’s why Verizon offers rugged phones designed for every conceivable use.
Consumers can expect the same features as a regular smartphone — HD-quality photos, ease of use, speedy web browsing — with added durability, which means peace of mind when the occasional drop happens. We picked a few models that can handle just about anything you throw at them.
1. Samsung Galaxy S9 and 2. Samsung Galaxy S9+
With a 5.8-inch screen that stretches edge to edge, the Galaxy S9 maximizes viewing area without adding bulk. That remarkable screen is made with guaranteed Corning Gorilla Glass 5, tested to survive 80% of shoulder-height falls on hard surfaces. And the 12 MP camera is equipped with an advanced processor for crystal-clear photos. It’s an everyday phone designed for the rigors of a hectic and active life.
Key strengths: Big, brilliant screen, slim profile.
What the experts say: “The Samsung Galaxy S9 is a stunning phone with an impressive camera.” — The Independent
Motorola’s Moto Z Force packs everything you could want in a smartphone — lightning-fast processor, sharp HD display, premium camera — into a super-light, slim case. But that thin design is deceiving. With a Moto ShatterShield screen designed to resist cracks or shattering, this phone can take a beating. It is also Moto Mods™ compatible, transforming it into a mobile film projector or audio system. And the battery charges super-fast, recouping up to 15 hours of life in just 15 minutes.
Key strengths: Low weight, excellent camera, versatility.
What the experts say: “The Z Force has Motorola's ShatterShield technology, which means you can drop your phone on your marble floor or throw it at your assistant and it won't break.” — Wired
Never fear losing a phone to water exposure again. The Kyocera DuraForce PRO is waterproof up to 6.5 feet for 30 minutes. Though scuba excursions aren’t what it’s about, it will take underwater photos while you’re in the pool or at the lake. It meets rigorous military standards for toughness and, with a dustproof screen, is ideal for beach excursions or work on a construction site. The 5-inch Sapphire Shield is so durable it’s virtually scratchproof.
Key strengths: Sand- and water-resistance, military-grade toughness.
What the experts say: “Good value. Rugged, waterproof build with shatter-resistant display.” — PCMag
The DuraXV Plus by Kyocera is one tough phone. The flip-phone design may seem a little dated, but this handset comes loaded with everything users want from a smartphone, including a camera that can shoot photo and video. It’s a workhorse, ready for dust, water, extreme temperatures and the inevitable drop. If you’re on the job, the keypad works easily with work gloves, and calls come in loud and clear even when the work site gets loud and hectic.
Key strengths: Compact size, simplicity of use, robust features.
What the experts say: “Durable and water resistant, the Kyocera DuraXV is one of the most capable feature phones available.” — CNET