Testing the Rugged CAT S41 – Scratch, Burn, BEND Tested!

Since I started durability testing phones,
the name CAT had been brought up so many times as potentially one of the most durable phones
on the planet, but I haven’t had a chance to test that theory until now. I have two phones here: the S31 and the S41. The smaller S31 is spec’d down a bit with
a smaller screen and smaller battery, but the same basic build. Today we’ll focus on the S41. Let’s get started. [Intro] This definitely isn’t your sleek, pristine
looking iPhone or Samsung phone. This is built for a very specific group of
people – a group of people who need their device to survive no matter what happens happens
to it. The CAT S41 is even impressively advertised
to resist solar radiation. So star man here could start swiping Tinder
on Mars if he had this phone…and he’s still probably have better luck than the rest of
us. For those of us here on earth, CAT has designed
this phone to survive a 1.8 meter drop onto concrete – an impressive 6 foot fall. But as we can tell here, to gain that much
drop protection, there has to be a thick plastic layer covering the Gorilla Glass 5, which
scratches at a level 3. Luckily that laminate layer is included on
the phone and easily replaceable if it ever does get too messed up. I am going to leave that protection intact
and in place because the phone is incomplete without it. Just remember that the screen scratches at
a level 3. There are 3 physical buttons along the bottom
– all ip68 water resistant and made from plastic. But if you’re outside wearing protective gloves,
these large physical buttons can be useful. There’s a cutout on the screen protector for
that 8 megapixel front facing camera. It’s covered by Gorilla Glass 5 underneath
that plastic and won’t be damaged by my razor. The earpiece is plastic, but has holes small
enough that metal shavings or dirt won’t easily get inside. The power button is made from black plastic,
along with the volume buttons – same plastic material. The body of this phone is where things start
to get intense. A beastly layer of thick plastic covers the
entire surface of the phone, with rubber grip covering that plastic. And this isn’t the cheap flimsy plastic either. My razor blade is severely struggling with
this stuff. Down at the bottom of the phone we have the
charging port flap covering a micro USB port. And it’s interesting, every other water-resistant
phone I’ve tested so far has never been fit for salt water because the salt in salt water
corrodes metal faster and degrades it’s adhesive. But since all the metal and adhesive is covered
up on this phone with these watertight plastic flaps, this phone is salt water resistant
up to 2 meters deep – over 6 feet. There’s even a flap covering the headphone
jack with plenty of plastic and rubber along that edge to keep the phone damage free. Now the camera is where things start to get
a little disappointing. The flash is plastic, which is fine, no one
really cares about that. But the camera lens itself is also made from
plastic. Now I get that plastic is more shatter resistant
than glass, but plastic scratches much easier that glass does, so it’s something to keep
in mind if you own this phone. Also, this phone does not record video in
4K, it maxes out at 1080p. The camera was apparently not the focus or
the selling point of the S41. Our spaceman snapchat game on Mars is going
to be rather weak. On the side of the phone we have one metal
button, which is programmable to any app with a short press function and a long press function. Now that’s useful. And we have another flap keeping the SIM and
SD card slots watertight. The iPhone 8 is water resistant to 1 meter,
just for 30 minutes. This CAT S41 is water resistant 2 meters deep
for up to an hour. CAT’s not messing around. Inside this phone is a massive 5,000 milliamp
battery that CAT says has a 38 hour talk time, or 44 days of standby. Pretty impressive. I did attempt an art class with Jerry on the
back rubber, but the resilience of rubber closes up on my razor blade slices, hiding
my beautiful cat I drew on the CAT phone. It’s got pointy little ears and everything. The CAT logo is embedded into the rubber,
but it’s pretty solid and would take some major abuse to ever fall out on it’s own. So I’ll just put this back. Good as new. And now the burn test. Remember, we’re working with several different
screen layers here. This is a 5 inch 1080p display, and I left
the flame in place for about 15 seconds before the outer plastic layer started to bubble
up and melt. It got a little crispy. And now the structural bend test which is
surprising. I expected the phone to be a little more rigid
than it is. There is some decent flex to the front and
back of the phone. This is definitely not a bad thing of course,
since nothing snapped or broke, or was even permanently disfigured. Everything straightens out after the flex,
but it does have some bounce to it. Long story short, the phone is incredibly
durable when it comes to water resistance and drop protection, as long as you don’t
mind that plastic screen and the plastic camera lens. It might not be mainstream, but the S41 will
survive basically anything if you had to pick one feature as the most important on your
smart phone, what would it be? Let me know in the comments. And come hang out with me on Instagram. Thanks a ton for watching, and I’ll see you

61 comments on “Testing the Rugged CAT S41 – Scratch, Burn, BEND Tested!”

  1. Pijany Luigi says:

    It actual crazy how durable phone is

  2. Wes Oss says:

    Hey whats up new to this channel. Love it for some reason. Even the cringy worthy knife gouging. But has there ever been a knife slip. Evertime im like how does he not cut his finger off. Carve outwards not inwards lol.

  3. Shibait Tariang says:

    Wow I love it

  4. we love Junguwu says:

    I fckn broke a CAT but my Xiaomi resist all kinds of shit

  5. Dark Lord says:

    Cat S61 ?

  6. Thomas says:

    Me* drops seven phones and destroys them. This phone perfect for me Lmao

  7. Tweaky says:

    Let a truck over it or a cat machine ,best test ; any cutter will do damage but barely

  8. shubhayan de says:

    what he does after destroying all these phones?

  9. Bryan Morra says:

    Lmfao over 300 dollars for a crap phone no thanks

  10. MANFOOD MAN says:

    Cat S41,Nokia long lost pet

  11. Talal Alalami says:

    Non explosive aka note fe 🙂

  12. Anakin Miller says:

    How much is the phone?

  13. Shaun lord says:

    How many times have you cut yourself

  14. DS-pruitmeteoroid YT says:

    My fucking ears damn you cat

  15. Elite says:

    Nokia 3310 : am I a joke to you ?

  16. Peter Naur says:

    But is it better than a Nokia?

  17. Nas69ang says:

    Nul 👎🏼


    I still do not think of situation in your daily life… You will bend the phone to test your bones

  19. Jeffy Stevens says:

    Home Depot theme intensifies

  20. nachiketa thakur says:

    Most imp thing 1.Battery 2.Speed 3.Durability

  21. Im Actually Garbo says:

    Camera lol

  22. kuhaku says:

    Cat : made the hardest phone
    Nokia : Hold my beer

  23. YourCelestialGov says:

    most important feature is sapphire (Kyocera Duraforce pro 2)

  24. 6IX9INE 6IX9INE says:

    Cheap phone

  25. Calvin Cooke says:

    Hey guys can you get me to 1000 subs?

    I bet £100 you can’t!

  26. gasper gwanchele says:

    Lawd this is painful to watch

  27. L0RDI says:

    I had a s30 and droped it once and glass at 7milion peaces

  28. Ian Forsyth farm life says:

    I used to own this phone and I 1s ran it over with my tractor by mistake and it was completely fine

  29. Tom Langley says:

    What a complete knobs way of testing a phone… Be better giving the phone to a 10 year old kid..

  30. The rock Swanson says:

    User interface bc it can change the entire use of the phone

  31. friscoHub415 says:

    I'm a Amazon delivery driver that is the phone they make us use I've dropped it countless times . The phone is pretty tough

  32. SamuraiAtlas TSM says:

    I use the camera all the time to show the owner what was broken or what needed repair they should have put a bit more effort into it

  33. GUNNmaniak says:

    You are fucking piece od shit

  34. BuckNutty says:

    I drives me nuts in these types of videos where someone destroys a perfectly good phone.. lol
    Yeah I know.. If it bothers me then why do I watch it?? Because I like to drive myself crazy.

  35. Corbin Shockey says:


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  37. Chainsaw1999 says:

    U make me anxious the way you cut toward yourself and your fingers

  38. Derek Strohm says:

    I feel like this phone is only allowed to play classic rock and country music

  39. Tavicars Gaming says:

    Most important feature on a smart phone… hmmm… maybe make “phone” calls?

  40. Graham Zemke says:

    Almost as good as a Nokia

  41. smitha k says:


  42. GeNixx says:

    Jerry looks like fitmc ngl

  43. This Is So Wrong says:

    Sir zach,, can you recommend a phone for a toddler? A phone that is durable but not that expensive.. thanks..

  44. R C says:

    “Our space man SnapJack game on mars is gunna be rather weak” 😂😂😂

  45. Mr.Mister says:

    It's impressive apart from the plastic camera lens cover. That should really be glass.

  46. Gokual says:

    but..come on who is on the world would scratch screen an button with cutter…knife

  47. Mark says:

    I've had multiple pairs of CAT steel toe work shoes.. they weren't durable at all lol. Like my shoes, these aren't actually made by CAT.. just whoring out their good name for money.

  48. whiteflag says:

    ALL real Aussies are so tough this is just a normal day at work.

  49. The kirbmaster says:

    grabs cat
    Scratches on a level 6 deeper groves at a level 7

  50. Jesse Paz says:

    Every time he uses the razor blade and cuts toward himself i am terrified

  51. Shannak Mohammed says:

    Tear it down ✌️👍

  52. Bembeng Suhardono says:

    It hurts… soooooo bad…

  53. joker6374 says:

    When is the tear down

  54. Le Epic Nothing says:


    Casually almost cuts finger off

  55. totoy bibbo says:

    NO NO NO NO.

  56. Marlaine Aspey says:

    U are an idiot twat

  57. Winterwolf says:

    Does he know that CAT makes construction equipment??

  58. EuhaN _TheDxtrouS says:

    I wonder
    Who bought this phone 🤔🤔🤔🤔

  59. Нуржан Шомбин says:

    Nokia 3310 leaves chat

  60. _Ursieminor_ says:

    Cameras are super important but I think how easy the program is on it is more important

  61. Nugget's says:

    He should through it off of a cliff or something. I don't think just cutting it with a knife is very realistic because it's not like people accidentally break their phone with a knife.

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