DeWalt’s New Smartphone – Rugged, Tough and Durable
As if Dewalt couldn’t expand its brand of tools any further, they’ve come up with a smartphone that can survive almost any job site disaster. Introducing the MD501, an industry workhorse that can survive 2m falls, stand water submergence for up to 30 minutes, and operate in temps as low as -20F. There has got to be some compromise on the technical end if it is this tough, right? Absolutely not. The MD501 has LTE support, boasts a 13-megapixel camera, 2GB of RAM and a 5-inch 720p display. It has an amplified loudspeaker for noisy on the job calls. Oh, and it operates on Android and has Qi wireless charging.
The MD501 comes as somewhat of a surprise rival to the Cat smartphone-dominated market. Some would say that the construction industry smartphone game is heating up, as more contractors turn towards a reliable device. Dewalt meets the standard that Cat has set, sometimes even passing it. Both are made with Gorilla Glass, the industry standard that allows usage with gloves, as well as damage resistance.
My favorite feature though is the dual SIM support system, something seldom available to phones of this kind. This means you can swap out SIM cards, allowing you to make and receive calls from a personal and business number. The MD501 is compatible with carriers such as Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, giving you access to both CDMA and GSM carriers.
With a battery that is more than double the size of an iPhone 6s, the MD501 is sure to get you through the work day. It sounds as though Cat has met its match. At a price of $544, it should be interesting to see how it fares. If any of you have one, please comment below and let us know how it is!