- Accurate thermal imaging camera
- Rugged, waterproof build
- Useful pre-installed apps
- Latest Android software
- Expandable storage
- Sluggish camera sensors
- Mediocre specs for the price
- Back flap can pop open upon impact
- Lackluster call quality
The Cat S60 is a unique unlocked phone with an extra-rugged body and a built-in thermal imaging camera, but it's relatively costly for the specs.
Cat S60 review
- Thermal imaging, hard as nails build quality, long-lasting battery, genuinely useful apps
- Medium-powered, screen only HD, gimmicky Underwater mode, high price, niche appeal
ConclusionThe Cat S60 is not for everyone. Without the very clever thermal imaging camera all you're left with is an unspectacular, albeit rugged, phone.
No gradeHands on: Cat S60 review
- One very tough rugged phone
- Good performance levels
- Built-in FLIR camera
- Pretty hefty
- Also pretty expensive
- Small size of display could be problematic for some
This is a thick phone, but it boasts some impressive specs for a rugged handset along with a very unique feature – the FLIR camera. The S60 will be worth the asking price for its target audience.
No gradeCat S60 review: Tough build and thermal imaging make for a phone like no other
- Incredibly durable build
- Can survive being in water up to 5m
- Long battery life
- Thermal imagery
- Screen is small
- Bulky build
- Performance is hit-and-miss
Conclusion It's clear from the outset that the Cat S60 is a phone built for a niche market, so comparing it to phones like the iPhone 6S or Galaxy S7 would be foolish. The features that really matter on the S60 are the ones that shine through - its specialist applications.The Flir camera adds thermal imaging capabilities to a smartphone for the first time ever, which is a genuinely useful tool to have on your phone if you're in an industry that needs one. Not having to carry around a separate gadget means greater convenience, while the tough waterproof build means it can be used on a building site, in any weather, without ever having to worry that it'll be broken or water damaged. Simply put, for 99 per cent of the population the Cat S60 phone isn't close to good enough. But for the one per cent that it's aimed at, this may well be the ideal smartphone.
No gradeCat S60 review: hands on the smartphone with a built-in thermal imaging camera
Conclusion Based on our limited time with the Cat S60, we're not too sure whether it'll be poplar with the general public. Its bulky form factor may be off-putting for some, and the addition of a thermal camera may not be enough to persuade a consumer to buy the smartphone - sure it's a cool addition, but we're not completely convinced that it's more than a gimmick. With that being said, if you're in an industry that requires the use of a thermal camera or if you're prone to breaking your smartphone then it's an ideal option. We'll give a more thorough verdict once we get a sample back to the PC Advisor towers!