Secondary Camera: 5 MPix
Average of 5 scores (from 9 reviews)
Reviews for the CAT S42
The predecessor model retailed for about 500 Euros ($590). However, the CAT S42 is twice as cheap. This is possible because CAT has cut production costs, especially when it comes to the display and the battery. Read our review to learn whether or not the robust, waterproof smartphone is worth it.
Despite looking the part and being suitably robust, the S42 doesn’t sport the hardware to justify its price point. It’s short on memory, storage and video resolution. But the screen is decent quality, and the Cat applications are well designed.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/10/2020
Rating: Total score: 90%
The Cat S42 just has two real selling points – the ability to withstand drops, heat, cold, water, dust and more besides; and how easy it is to clean. If those would be big benefits for you, then the Cat S42 is one of the cheapest and most appealing rugged phones currently on the market.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/06/2020
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: What Mobile
The S42 should find a home in many industries, especially at Cat’s cheapest launch price yet. While it’s missing the performance power of non-rugged phones in its price point, and the fancier abilities of pricier, more specialised rugged devices, it’s still a solid performer that you would have to try very hard to break. It’ll last through a day’s consistent user, and the camera is good enough to do the jobs it will need to do.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/23/2020
Rating: price: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
Source: Computerbase DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/12/2020
Source: Heute DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/03/2020
Source: Comprar Tec ES→EN
Positive: Good price; decent autonomy; waterproof and dust avoiding; nice display.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/01/2020
Source: Computer Totaal NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/21/2020
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: GadgetGear.nl NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/03/2020
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Portablegear NL→EN
Positive: Good price; premium design; solid workmanship; powerful hardware; high performance.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/03/2020
Imagination PowerVR GE8300: Integrated graphics card for mid-range ARM SoCs.
Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.
Helio A20 MT6761D: ARM based quad core SoC (8x ARM Cortex-A53) clocked at up to 1.8 GHz. The chip also includes a Cat-4 / Cat-6 LTE modem (150 Mbps download / 50 Mbps upload).» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This display is quite big for a smartphone but frequently used for smartphones.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for smartphones.
CAT, which can be easier found under CAT Phones in the web, gets seldom reviewed, does hardly have any market shares and achieves average ratings (as of 2016).
78.6%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.