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The Ultimate Tool for Tough Environments: Meet the Hammer Construction

In a world where smartphones are getting sleeker and more fragile, Hammer Construction steps in as the Spartan of mobile devices. Forget about treating your phone with kid gloves – this 6-inch ruggedized smartphone is built for those who need a robust, reliable tool for their demanding jobs.

Built Like a Tank

Hammer Construction is not just a smartphone; it’s a powerhouse of durability. Encased in bumpers and fortified with Gorilla Glass, it laughs in the face of dust and water with its IP69 rating. Dropped it from 1.8 meters? No problem – this device is designed to endure the harshest of environments.

The Ultimate Tool for Tough Environments: Meet the Hammer Construction
Technical Brilliance

Under the hood, Hammer Construction is equipped with the MediaTek G85 octa-core processor, ARM G52 MC2 graphics, and 6 GB of RAM, ensuring it can handle any task you throw at it. With 128 GB of internal storage, expandable up to a whopping 1024 GB via SD card, you’ll never run out of space for your critical data.

A Suite of Tools

This is where Hammer Construction truly shines. It’s not just a smartphone; it’s a toolbox in your pocket. The rangefinder can measure distances up to 40 meters, perfect for construction sites or outdoor activities. The toolkit suite includes a protractor, compass, gradienter, flashlight, paint hanger, magnifier, alarm bell, plumb bob, and barometer – it’s like carrying a Swiss Army knife with a touchscreen.

Capture Every Moment

In terms of photography, the Hammer Construction doesn’t compromise. Its 16MP main camera captures detailed photos, while the 8MP wide-angle lens with a 120-degree field of view is perfect for panoramic shots. The 0.1MP depth sensor adds a professional touch to your portraits, ensuring that every shot is Instagram-ready, even if your hands are covered in dirt.

Battery That Lasts

Battery anxiety is a thing of the past with the Hammer Construction. With a 28-hour talk time and 400 hours of standby, this phone keeps going as long as you do. Both wireless and plugin charging at 15W ensure you’re back in action in no time.

User-Friendly Design

Despite its rugged build, the Hammer Construction doesn’t skimp on user-friendly features. Running Android 12 with GMS certification, it offers a smooth, intuitive experience. The side fingerprint reader ensures quick, secure access, while the 3.5 mm headphone jack keeps traditionalists happy.

Final Verdict

The Hammer Construction is more than just a rugged smartphone; it’s a dependable companion for anyone who works hard and plays harder. Whether you’re on a construction site, an outdoor adventure, or simply someone who tends to be tough on their tech, this phone stands ready to meet your challenges head-on.

Hammer has truly created a masterpiece of resilience and functionality – a phone that’s as tough as you are.

Unmatched Durability and Performance: Introducing the Hammer Iron V

This is the second in my series of reviews of devices from Hammer! Meet the Hammer Iron V!

Welcome to the next level of rugged mobile technology, where durability meets advanced functionality. The Hammer Iron V isn’t just a smartphone; it’s a fortress in your pocket, ready to face the harshest environments and still come out unscathed.

A Beast of a Display

With a generous 6.5-inch screen, the Hammer Iron V ensures you have ample space to work, play, and navigate. This isn’t just any screen – it’s an IPS display offering 1600 x 720 resolution with 269 ppi, providing clear, vibrant visuals that are easy on the eyes even in challenging light conditions.

Unmatched Durability

The Hammer Iron V laughs in the face of water, dust, and adverse weather conditions. With an IP69 rating and MIL-STD-810H certification, this smartphone is built to withstand the elements, drops, and the roughest of handling. Whether you’re on a construction site or an outdoor expedition, this phone stands resilient.

Power that Lasts

Equipped with a formidable 6320 mAh battery, the Hammer Iron V is designed to keep going long after other phones have tapped out. Need to work through the night? No problem. This battery supports you with up to 12 GB of RAM and runs on Android 13, ensuring smooth performance and multitasking capabilities.

Cutting-Edge Features

What sets the Hammer Iron V apart is its night vision camera. Capture clear photos even in the darkest environments with the 50 MP (ƒ/1.8) lens. And yes, it’s capable of underwater photography too, making it perfect for documenting your underwater adventures or inspecting submerged structures.

Tools for Every Job

The Hammer Iron V is more than a smartphone; it’s a toolbox. The HAMMER Toolbox app is loaded with practical tools such as a sound meter, picture-hanging function, protractor, compass, and flashlight. These tools are invaluable whether you’re measuring sound levels at a concert or hanging pictures perfectly straight.

Work with Gloves On

For those who need to keep their gloves on, the Hammer Iron V’s gloved-hand operation ensures you won’t miss a beat. This feature is a game-changer for professionals who need to stay productive in rugged environments.

Built for Versatility

The Hammer Iron V is eSIM-ready and features NFC, providing flexibility for connectivity and payments. Dual SIM capability means you can manage work and personal calls from one device. Plus, the additional protective case comes with a rotating back clip and a carabiner, adding extra layers of protection and convenience for outdoor use.

Entertainment on the Go

Take advantage of the built-in radio function and enjoy your favorite stations without needing headphones. Whether you’re working, camping, or hanging out with friends, this feature ensures you have the perfect soundtrack.

Final Verdict

The Hammer Iron V is a testament to rugged elegance. It’s not just a phone; it’s a reliable companion for those who demand the best in durability and functionality. Whether you’re deep in the wilderness or navigating a busy job site, the Hammer Iron V is the tool you can trust.

With its advanced features, robust build, and practical tools, the Hammer Iron V is more than ready to meet the challenges of your active lifestyle. This is no ordinary smartphone – this is the Hammer Iron V.

The Ultimate Rugged Companion: Meet the Hammer Watch Plus

The first of my series of reviews of Hammer hardware, I’ve been testing the Hammer Watch Plus for the past few weeks!

Step aside, delicate timepieces; the Hammer Watch Plus has arrived to redefine ruggedness and reliability in the world of smartwatches. This is the next generation of the Hammer Watch, boasting a robust design and a plethora of features tailored for those who push their limits and demand the best.

Hammer Watch Plus
Hammer Watch Plus

A Visual Masterpiece

The Hammer Watch Plus features a stunning 1.35-inch AMOLED display with a crisp resolution of 390×390 pixels. The vibrant, high-resolution screen ensures that every detail is sharp, whether you’re checking your heart rate or navigating through the wilderness.

Built to Endure

True to its name, the Hammer Watch Plus is as tough as they come. Certified with an IP68 rating, it’s resistant to water spills and mechanical damage. The metal bezel and additional bumpers protect the screen, making it a perfect companion for the most demanding outdoor activities.

Unmatched GPS Precision

For those who venture off the beaten path, the Hammer Watch Plus offers precise GPS navigation supported by Beidou and GLONASS satellite systems. Whether you’re trekking through dense forests or exploring urban jungles, this smartwatch ensures you never lose your way. The electronic compass is an added bonus, providing reliable direction no matter where you are.

Sport Mode Galore

Fitness enthusiasts will revel in the Hammer Watch Plus’s extensive selection of sports modes. With 20 preloaded sports profiles, you can track your workouts and progress in real-time. From running and cycling to swimming and hiking, this watch covers all bases, helping you aim high and push your limits.

Health Monitoring On-The-Go

Keeping track of your health has never been easier. The Hammer Watch Plus monitors your heart rate, analyzes your sleep patterns, and tracks blood oxygenation (SpO2) levels throughout the day. Additionally, it keeps a count of calories burned and steps taken, providing a comprehensive overview of your health metrics.

Stay Connected

Even while you’re on the move, staying connected is effortless with the Hammer Watch Plus. It supports notifications from numerous messengers, apps, text messages, and calls. Now you can keep up to date with important information without interrupting your workout.

Long-Lasting Battery Life

Worrying about battery life is a thing of the past. The Hammer Watch Plus comes equipped with a 440 mAh battery, allowing up to 14 days of operation on a single charge. The upgraded magnetic charger ensures that your watch powers up quickly and efficiently.

Enhanced Functionality with HAMMER W+

The Hammer Watch Plus pairs seamlessly with the new HAMMER W+ app, available on Google Play and the App Store. This app enhances the watch’s functionality, providing additional features and more detailed data. It’s compatible with Android 5 and iOS 10 and higher versions, ensuring a smooth and integrated user experience.

Final Verdict

The Hammer Watch Plus sets a new standard for rugged smartwatches, seamlessly blending durability with advanced functionality. Perfect for adventurers and fitness enthusiasts alike, this device offers a robust design that can withstand the harshest conditions while providing precise GPS navigation and comprehensive health monitoring.

With its long-lasting battery life and extensive range of sports modes, the Hammer Watch Plus is built to keep up with even the most demanding schedules. Its bright AMOLED display ensures clear visibility in any environment, and the IP68 certification guarantees resistance to water and mechanical damage.

Stay connected and informed with smart notifications, and enjoy the enhanced features offered by the HAMMER W+ app. The Hammer Watch Plus isn’t just a tool; it’s an essential companion for those who push boundaries and strive for excellence in every endeavor. This is the smartwatch for those who demand more from their gear, offering reliability and innovation in one rugged package.

Gadget Man – Episode 172 – Cat S42 Smartphone

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of talking to Tim Shepherd, Senior Director of Bullitt Group. Bullitt is the sole manufacturer and license holder of CAT Smartphones and Feature-phones.

You can also read the announcement of the CAT S42 Smartphone

The S42 can be cleaned with soap and water
The S42 can be cleaned with soap and water

During the interview, Tim talks in-depth about the ‘Anti-Microbial’ CAT S42 Smartphone which is the world’s first Anti-Bacterial Phone.

You can listen in to the interview in full and if you would like to read about the new device, read out blog-post here.

The CAT S42 Smartphone is currently available to purchase for £228 from Rugged Mobiles the new Anti-Microbial version will be available in early 2021.


Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme – The perfect laptop for any road trip #gadgetroadtrip

Before departing on our electric road trip in the Tesla Model S in October, we were kindly lent lots of kit to make the journey easier and more tech-packed.

Of all the tech we used and tested on our trip, one of the most useful was the Dell Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme, a gadget perfectly suited for the journey to Scotland and back.

Dell Latitude 14 Rugged
Dell Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme at Leicester Services.

As the name suggests, this is a Rugged laptop specifically designed to withstand some pretty extreme conditions. It is aimed at people who need to be working out in the field in all kinds of weather conditions. Perfectly suited for the west of Scotland then!

Dell Latitude 14 Rugged
The Dell Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme comes with Resistive Touch Screen and Stylus fir ease of use in wet conditions.

The Latitude 14 Rugged was to be the central hub of our video and blogging management, allowing us to edit video whenever the chance presented itself and manage blogs and social media in a full screen environment. Video was edited using Adobe Premiere Pro CC and uploaded over EE’s 4g network.

Dell Latitude 14 Rugged
Dell Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme Designed for ‘in the field’ use.

As laptops go, this is a seriously luggable device, it’s bulky and heavy to the point that it has an integrated carry handle. The bulk and weight are due to it’s armour added to protect it from fairly substantial drops and providing it will water resistance.

Dell Latitude 14 Rugged
All I/O ports are rubber sealed.

Each of the myriad of i/o ports are rubber-sealed to protect them and it’s touch screen is resistive rather than the market standard ‘capacitive’ touch in order for it be used in wet conditions and dell have even provided an inbuilt stylus to aid use of it in cold conditions where you wouldn’t want to expose your fingers to the elements.

Dell Latitude 14 Rugged
Integrated finger print reader is included.

The model we tested was packed with hardware features including a Intel Core i5-6300U Processor (Dual Core, 3M Cache, 2.40 GHz), 8GB 2133MHz DDR4 Memory, 128GB Solid State Drive, Intel Integrated HD Graphics 520, Intel Dual Band Wireless 8260 (802.11ac) with Bluetooth, Dell Wireless Qualcomm Gobi 4G LTE (DW5809E for Win8/Win10), 35.6cm (14.0″) HD (1366×768) Touch Display with Microphone Camera with Privacy Shutter all powered from E5 90W AC Adapter.

The Dell Latitude 14 Rugged
The Dell provided excellent battery performance during our trip and we ensured we topped up overnight where possible.

The processor, memory and solid state drive all helped to run Windows 10 Professional with ease. I was able to happily edit 4K video footage in Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2018 and upload these files with a EE 4G data Sim card. Everything was taken care of without having to mess around with secondary devices to connect to the internet. In retrospect, we could have employed the Latitude as a virtual studio for our video broadcasting, but time constraints simply didn’t give us the time to set this up.

All in all this was a seriously impressive device, although this is in no way a practical machine for use in an office,  but when used for it’s intended purpose in extreme weather conditions and less that welcoming environments, it simply excels with a feature packed all in one solution with water resistance and extreme durability.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that these features come at a premium, the Dell Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme is priced around the £2900 mark.

Matt Porter
The Gadget Man

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Silicon Power Armor A65 1TB Military Grade Rugged Portable Hard Drive

Following on from our Tesla Road Trip, I thought it would be a good opportunity to review one of the great pieces of equipment we were able to take with us on the trip.

SP Armor A65 1TB reviewed by Matt Porter We had planned to travel some 1200 or so miles from Ness Point to Ardnamurchan Point (and back again) in an electric car, part of the adventure was to try and document the trip. We planned to document the trip using a variety of equipment from Smartphones, stabilised cameras to 4K Drones.

We would likely be presented with many gigabytes of footage and it was therefore imperative that we had a durable solution for data backup and somewhere to copy footage and imagery taken during the trip.

Our rugged backup solution was indeed a Silicon Power Armor A65 portable 1TB hard drive with it’s shockproof and waterproof housing that gives it military grade protection, to U.S Military MIL-STD-810G 516.6 Procedure IV and IP67 Standard for dust and water ingress.

SP Armor A65 1TB reviewed by Matt PorterOut of the box, the SP Armor A65, comes with a rubberised casing and IP67 sealed USB 3.0 Socket. IP67 means the device components are sealed from dust and immersion in water up to a meter deep for 30 minutes. The USB 3.0 cable is a full sized male connector at each end, this makes connection to a PC or Laptop very easy as the cable works in either direction. The case also had a slot for either securing the cable to the drive or as a belt clip.

SP Armor A65 1TB reviewed by Matt PorterInside of the heavily protected three layered case lies a Silcon Power 1TB 2.5″ Hard Disk with 1 Terabyte of storage, our brief tests for performance showed  a very decent Blackmagic Disk Speed Test score of 71/70. The drive was used extensively both before, during and after the trip and became our ‘go to’ hard disk for the trip.

Included with the drive is Silcon Power’s HDD Lock Utility which runs on MS Windows. This allows you to encrypt all the data stored on the device to give a greater level of security for users

We tested the device for use when we were using both drones and laptops in the field and the added resilience of the device gave us a greater degree of confidence that our data would remain safe even in the most extreme circumstances. It was also used to backup our laptop during the journey.

If you travel often and need the convenience of a simple to connect device that is both rugged and secure, the SP Armor A65 is most certainly worth the investment and can be purchased from the link to the left.


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