Meet the smartphone-tough. Android knight's armor. Phone Kruger & Matz DRIVE 3. The equipment, which according to the manufacturer's plunge into the water and make selfie on top of the mountain. We, in the more urban conditions not only checked the actual strength of the device, but also its functionality.
dedicated phones for people doing extreme sports create a niche. I admit that so far I have not tested this type of smartphone, so curiously examined the availability of "tough guys" on the shelves of Polish shops. Undisputed leader leads Caterpillar, which in addition to the usual "cegłówek" has expanded its range of extremely robust models. The nearest device which was tested Caterpillar CAT B15Q is occurring in Poland for the price of approx. 1200 zł , and next to it the CAT S50 ( approx. 1700 zł ), the high price comes from a very robust construction ; other producers have in your inventory robust models, and here it is worth mentioning Vertis Braver – approx. 560 zł . In this context, Kruger & Matz Drive 3 priced at approx. 1000 zł does well. At least affordable.
Abbreviation, ie video test Kruger & Matz Drive 3
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The era of the first cell phones has brought such legendary models, for example. Nokia 3310 a legendary immortality. Now, smartphones are either beautiful or strong. And example of this is the Kruger & Matz DRIVE 3. Of course, the model pieced together so that the whole formed a coherent whole, but the king of the prom he will not be.In terms of color pushed the boat manufacturer – black plastic (which is the dominant material) enriched with silver aluminum reinforcements, but physical buttons are yellow. The design looks taken from the Caterpillar CAT B15Q – similarity lies in the angularity of the body and its colors. The phone is thick and heavy (83 x 160 x 18 mm, 247 grams), but it is fantastic in the hand, and the aluminum sides give a good grip feeling. Note: The thickness of the structure definitely makes it difficult to support the smartphone with one hand. For this equipment looks impressive. With him my smartphone makes an impression in aged, frail Newirth. The front panel display in addition to find touch buttons; placed above the screen still camera for video calls and a sensor measuring the intensity of light. Factory phone has pasted protective film and the screen was secured so durable glass that resists even heavy pressure. On the right edge you will find two physical buttons (wake and volume control), microUSB entrance on the left. Top received audio output, while the microSIM card slot and the microSD will find under the rear flap. To dismantle it, we must use the supplied him the key set. On the back of the device you will find of course the main camera and multimedia speaker holes. All slots have been secured with plastic caps held in place with screws. They offer solid protection, but it's hard to be disassembled – something for something. Kruger & Matz Drive 3 has been certified IP67 – can withstand a 30-minute immersion in water, and this is not afraid of dust and dirt. While the brand Kruger & Matz has accustomed me to phone for cheap, and these can always find some larger or niedoróbek smaller, so here I meet with very solidly made device. Screws really take an exam, while the rear flap gently bends and can be heard at the quiet crackling. You will not encounter this problem in everyday use, only in the moments when squeezing the phone firmly in hand. I decided to be tested for durable housing mechanical damage. After 3 falls on the cobblestones from a height of 20 cm there were scratches on the screen protective film and three dents on the body – in the lower right corner and around microUSB port. This does not bode well; on the other hand, the iPhone 6 might not have survived one such test. 😉 Phone unscathed passed the test to dripping water. I began timidly water from irrigation equipment, in the next stage of the smartphone I decided to completely submerge. Both attempts were successful. After surfacing phone remains fully functional.
The included battery with a capacity of 4050 mAh is really a strong link – literally and figuratively. In our tests, when the brightness of the backlight is reduced to 120 cd / m2, single battery charge led to nearly 10 hours of continuous walking on the mobile Internet, or more than 17 hours watching videos without Wi-Fi. The battery is simply impossible to wear out. Situation helps mounted system, which is not super efficient, but very creative. It is typically installed in phones equipped with battery capacity. 1800 – 2300 mAh (eg. Motorola Moto G 2 gene.), And here we get dip twice. [Test slug = "accumulator" virtual = "video-wifi-offs, internet-wifi, 3g internet, IM-fi, charging-ac" product_id = "20,946.20402"] This translates into length operation in everyday use . Will become the norm reaching for the charger every 2-3 days, depending of course on what we will do. But during the expedition when he views all around win with a pixelated world of smartphone, I predict the waveforms allow you to charge your phone after returning to the shelter, and sometimes even just at home.
DRIVE 3 has a 5-inch screen, which due to the specifics of the ultra-rugged phones, where until recently dominated displays smaller than 3 inches, the gauge smartfonowy is a pleasant surprise. The resolution is small – 1280 by 720 pixels, but it's more than B15Q CAT model, which is more expensive and has a 4-inch screen (800 by 400 pixels). The detail of the image is sufficient for daily work. Individual pixels do not give too drastically itself felt, while the displayed text to read comfortably. The sensor has wide viewing angles for the loss of brightness at the deviation is large, which in my opinion may be of greater importance. The contrast is adequate and white point optimally calibrated.backlight, unfortunately, does not meet my expectations – with maximum brightness of the panel is lit with a force of 374 cd / m2. This result allows to obtain the proper readability on cloudy days and in artificial light, but on sunny days will be noticeably worse. The minimum value, in turn, deserves a plus. 15 cd / m2 is the result of giving comfort when using the phone after dusk and at night. I have no objection to the responsiveness of the touch panel, if we have dry fingers. It happens because that drop of water on the screen is treated as another touch point. Wet your finger makes the matrix problem, and under the water completely lose control over the phone. So let's have at hand something to drain the smartphone after emerging because if DRIVE 3 is waterproof, it is not exactly for the water lost.
The phone is equipped with 8-megapixel camera with autofocus and a single LED Illuminates. Photographs execute the application, in which standard equipped with Android. We can not talk here about fertility options, though not lacking possibility of setting ISO sensitivity range of 100 – 800, or the level of sharpness and color saturation. In video mode, adjust the options for selecting resolution, codec audio or video recording length. There is also a possibility to select white balance. Sample pictures look promising – they have a living palette of colors, not lacking in detail, and for that we see not bigger noise. At night, the camera relies mainly on the flash, which does not give strong light, but can cope with lighting facility to 5 meters away. Phone nakręcimy movies Full HD (30 frames / sec.) – They look satisfactory when we'll display them on the screen smartphone. After transferring recordings to a computer you will notice some gaps in the detail – even though I do not have to DRIVE 3 pretense in this field. It's not bad for a mid-range smartphone, of course. I missed only image stabilizer, even digital.
Due to the harshness of the housing 3 extended memory stick to hold it to your ear is a difficult and uncomfortable. The dimensions of the device require us to use both hands while typing text messages or dialing. In both cases, we find the standard Android keyboard, so there is not too much to dwell on what happened. Let me remind you that unlike many other models Kruger & Matz, tested the phone has only one slot for a SIM card.Speaker for voice chat offers decent quality, adequate for what we can expect from the phone for less than a thousand dollars. There were subtle distortion, the sound seemed distant and flat. I've had a sporadic trouble understanding the caller. A thick cover of the phone does not affect the coverage. And an advantage of the model is the 4G network support.
Performance / functionality
Under the thick armor hides the average yield smartphone equipped with a Snapdragon Adreno 400 graphics 305 and main memory of 1 GB. Technical Specifications seems to coincide with the expectations of potential user, which more than on games should depend on properly functioning system. Liquidity phone performance is satisfactory and this should be.The used system allows for smooth operation of the browser. It happens that richer in content gently choke when scrolling, but we should not have major problems on a daily basis. With games sometimes different. Asphalt 8: Airborne starts up and keeps framerate at medium graphics settings, and Dead Trigger 2 on bass. Less demanding titles will not pose much of a problem for the phone. [Wptab style = "4" title = "key test"] [test slug = "peacekeeper" product_id = "20946"] [test slug = "android-antutu" product_id = "20946"] [test slug = "3dmark" product_id = "20946"] [test slug = "PCMark-android" product_id = "20946"] [/ wptab] [wptab style = "4" title = "All tests"] [test slug = "peacekeeper" product_id = "20946" ] [test slug = "SunSpider" product_id = "20946"] [test slug = "kraken" product_id = "20946"] [test slug = "quadrant" product_id = "20946"] [test slug = "android-antutu" product_id = "20946"] [test slug = "3dmark" product_id = "20946"] [test slug = "PCMark-android" product_id = "20946"] [/ wptab] [wptab_end]
– MKV, 480p, xvid, 1Mbps, he aac, subtitles; – MKV, 720p, h264, 600kbps, AAC / MP3 audio dual; – MP4, 720p, h264, 3Mbps, aac; – MKV, 720p, h264, 3Mbps, vorbis, subtitles; – MP4, 720p, h264, 6Mbps, ac3; – MKV, 1080p h264, 10Mbps; – MKV, 1080p h264, 40Mbps – mp4, 4K (3840×2160), h264, 34mbps, (illiquidity) – mp4, 4K (4096×1716), h264, aac, 35Mbps; (illiquidity)
System and functionality
Running Android 4.4.2, despite the fact that it is already quite old, it has certain advantages. One of these is the stability of operation. In part, this is also thanks to the installed system. The manufacturer is based on such a combination for a long time, because Kruger & Matz Drive 3 is simply less unreliable than eg. The model FLOW, who suffered from some problems with the stability of the system. The software does not have any extra tidbits that would distinguish tested against mobile equipment unsuitable for difficult conditions. We find here a flashlight application and FM radio.
Mounted mono speaker plays loud (81 dB) and no problems with sound distortion at maximum noise levels; audio playback quality is good. They do not dominate or bass, or high. Oh, decent speaker. Also acted out the phone out of the water. [Test slug = "wifi-phone" axis = "negative" product_id = "20946"] Wi-Fi (802.11 a / b / g / n) does not cause any problems while testing the phone. The equipment also successfully completed maniacal test antenna sensitivity. Internet connection will not be broken even when the smartphone was on a different floor than the router. The decrease in coverage was considerable, but it has not hindered the use of the phone. Despite the thick armor, built-in GPS module quickly caught range (less than 40 s), and it is worth noting that the test is done on a cloudy day. Saved on the map path shows that the receiver doing well – is accurate and no problems tracking your current location. Is guilty of only one height to simplify the transition by road. Even so, there is no reason to complain.
It was difficult to see support for OTG accessories, as microUSB socket was embedded so deeply in the body of the phone that without access to the port narrow microUSB connector is not what count. In the end, I managed to find the right adapter to learn in the end that the phone does not support OTG accessories.It was not for the problem with the diagnosis of a memory card with a capacity of 128 GB (we tested the editorial Kingston 128GB Ultra microSDXC UHS-1 Class10 ). This is useful information because the phone has an internal drive capacity. 8 GB (Android occupies 2 GB), and after plugging in a microSD card system automatically redirects the majority of the additional data on external memory.
Summary / Evaluation
Kruger & Matz DRIVE 3 is not afraid of anything – neither harsh nor competition. The price of $ 1,000 armored receive phone with a very large battery and LTE connectivity. The smartphone, although designed for a specific group of users, it is also quite behind in terms of additional equipment.Of course, no shortage of defects. These include the: difficult to access ports, heavy and clumsy housing, rather an aging system already or older Android. But make no mistake – you have to compromise to get a durable phone, you can rely on, and it's priced at about thousand. In fact, it worries me just the ease with which I was able to damage rubber parts. If you compare the model with the offer of competition it quickly turns out that this position worthy of our attention. 5-inch screen and an 8-megpikselowy this camera are components that are rare in this type of phones, designed by other manufacturers. Therefore, I can honestly say that Kruger & Matz Drive 3 is a solid proposal – in terms of construction, equipment and price. [Temperatura2 product_id = "20946"] [inne_propozycje product_id = "20946"]
Questions From Readers
Azawakh: Is the use of this smartphone lag and slowdown occurred? How optimized is soft? I did not see the phone a jammed. Generally, software goes well with the mounted arrangement. But I find it hard to say how the phone will work in the long run. Michocho: It will be updated to 5.0 / 5.1? I'm not know about that. Andrew: Is the screen can withstand a fall on the cobblestones from a height of 1 meter? He held several falls from a height of 20 30 cm, while I was afraid to drop from a higher altitude, because the manufacturer does not say anything about that phone received a certificate talking about a specific mechanical strength. Ronin Vincent: Is the GPS running smoothly? How does resistance to falls (producer anything about it not written)? Is flash gives a strong light? GPS works very well – I have no complaints here. Resistance downs (I stress the plural) can be described as follows: case has been damaged, but the phone itself should have no problems activity. But beware! Armor is easily destroyed (as seen in the video test), and the specification does not mention a specific body strength equipment to mechanical damage. The lamp gives a fairly dim light, enough to illuminate the not too distant obietków. Kn0r: Is shield protects a Gorilla Glass? As with resistance to scratches? The screen protects quite hard glass that is not easy to incurve. You have to use two hands to do it. On the other hand, the display is pre-pasted film, which gives an overview of the situation. Goral2099: Strength, battery performance, image quality, scratch-resistant display, water resistance … is probably the most important things to test. And I guess all I was able to conclude test . If anything – ask in the comments. Świdrem: I give the questions: What glass? the first drive was a "Padak"; or you have the option of Dual SIM ?; GPS performs as ?; of course, mechanical strength and battery life are also interesting. For all the questions I already answered; I repeat only that the phone does not have two SIM card slots.