For just under $330 you can get the new CAT S42, a classic outdoor rugged phone with good quality. For a long time, waterproof phones were a niche that only a few manufacturers occupied. The Bullit Group in particular, as the licensee and manufacturer of the Caterpillar phones, was well represented here.
This is probably one of the reasons why CAT smartphone has adapted its product range and recently introduced CAT S42 is now available on the BH Photo store and it is significantly cheaper than the launch price of its predecessor: The CAT S41 has cost $449.99 when it was launched two years ago, but now available for $333.99 on Amazon.
And in this environment, it is also properly located, today nobody would probably up to $500 for a Smartphone with thick bezels and a single camera. The CAT S42 still has a lot to offer: a rubberized and washable surface, a very stable housing, significantly faster WLAN than its predecessor, and a freely assignable button on the left side of the housing.
Unfortunately, you have to do without the hardware buttons for menu control in Android, which was particularly useful with gloves or wet fingers. There is also no way to use a fingerprint or your own face to unlock the CAT cell phone. Even more annoying are the outdated security patches with which Android 10 is currently installed on the rugged phone.
The camera is OK for snapshots, but nothing more should be expected. You should also cut back on your demands in terms of system performance; you only get the most necessary power here. Anyway, slightly more demanding games can only be played with greatly reduced details and overlays such as the volume control are very slow in more complex apps.
The CAT S42 is still a decent waterproof rugged phone and at this price, it is also properly grouped. Another advantage is that the manufacturer guarantees that the smartphone can be disinfected with alcohol or bleach.
If you would like to buy this CAT S42, this Caterpillar smartphone is now available to pre-order on the Bhphotovideo.com store for $329.99.