Now a new model announced by toolmaker, DeWalt, is setting out to address this issue head-on and compete with other hardwearing rivals, such as those produced by Caterpillar.
In terms of toughness, the MD501 is impressively sturdy, being able to survive a two metre tumble onto solid surfaces and work effectively in freezing temperatures as well as in desert-like conditions of up to 60 degrees Celsius.
Internally, it features a 1.3GHz quad core processor and 2GB of RAM, allowing it to run Android 5.1 effectively. It also has a pair of SIM card slots, making it ideal for business and personal use, along with wireless charging capabilities meaning people who wear gloves to work do not need to fumble around with charging cables.
Water and dust-proofing completes the list of DeWalt’s first mobile’s capabilities. And because it runs on the Android operating system, it will be fully compatible with a wide range of apps and services that will make it useful in a number of environments.