CAT S50 vs CAT B15Q Comparison

CAT S50 vs CAT B15Q Comparison

CAT are becoming a stronger and more recognised
brand within the mobile industry. Their devices have been designed to be rugged. How does the recently launched CAT S50 compare
with the better known CAT B15Q. One area in which the B15Q and S50 share a
common theme, both have the Android OS installed, version 4.4 out of the box. One of the most popular operating systems
at the moment, it offers you as the user an excellent array of apps through the Google
Play Store as well as a lot of flexibility in terms of personal customisation. Drag and drop apps or widgets on the home
screen, create folders, change the wallpaper and ringtone and choose the layout that works
for you. If you have a Google account with your contacts,
calendar and emails stored, easily sync these to your phone and remain constantly up to
date. In both cases, it is virtually stock Android,
with little customisation by CAT. Both the B15Q and S50 have fairly fast quad-core
processors which make them pretty responsive. The S50 and B15Q do use different processors.
Both have positives and negatives. Generally speaking the Qualcomm processor found inside
the S50 is more highly regarded. The RAM is what allows multiple applications
to be running at once. The more RAM the faster the phone will operate and handle multi-tasking,
generally speaking. Whilst the B15Q is very capable with 1GB the
S50 ensures the more demanding user has the capability to do more at once thanks to 2GB
of RAM. Both devices support microSD memory card expansion
which is ideal for files such as videos and photos that can often take up a lot of space
on the internal memory. The B15Q supports cards up to 32GB in capacity
whilst the S50 is tested up to 64GB. You can find double the internal storage on
the CAT S50 which is a real bonus for most people.
Internal storage is where the operating system is installed as well applications you add
to the device. The most noticeable difference between the
two handsets is the screen. The physical size of the screen impacts on the physical size
of the device. As the newer of the two, the S50 has a 4.7″
display as opposed to the 4″ found on the B15Q. This is further helped with an increase in
screen resolution from 480 x 800 to 720 x 1280. The S50 has a pixel per inch count of 315
which means more detail, vibrancy, and sharpness and this is most certainly noticeable when
the two handsets are sat side by side. A smaller and lower resolution screen will
generally mean less battery drain, therefore the B15Q could be the better choice. However
the S50 does have a bigger battery than the B15Q so this additional power draw is made
up for with the larger battery. Both do have Corning Gorilla Glass so they
are more resistive to impact and scratches and both support wet finger tracking, meaning
the screen is more usable in wet conditions. Both handsets have similar connectivity options
but the S50 has two additional features which could be of more use to you. The first and
more appealing is the addition of 4G support. The B15Q has support for only 3G. The S50 also supports USB On The Go (OTG),
whereby you can connect a USB memory stick or hard drive (subject to compatibility) to
the phone via a cable. The S50 boasts an 8 megapixel camera compared
to the 5 found on the B15Q. Truthfully neither device produces images
or video results that are going to blow you away.
Neither device has a particularly feature rich camera interface, sticking with the basic
but hassle free default camera apps. Both do offer a few nice editing features for improvement
post capture. Both have LED flash. Whilst image and video results are open to
personal opinion, the B15Q in my opinion actually produces the better image results. Whilst
not perfect the balance of colours and contrast is handled much better. Both offer digital zoom by pinching on the
screen during capture or recording and both offer a physical shutter button in the form
of the torch key. The S50 does boast HD video recording at 1080p
whereas the B15Q does not. The S50 has an extra 630mAh at its disposal
over the 2000mAh found in the B15Q. The advantages are somewhat reduced because
the larger and higher resolution display draws more power so all told battery to screen size
the performance is about equal. A user removable the battery was on the B15Q,
but it is fixed internally on the S50. This does mean the size of the device is affected
for the better on the S50. Where the S50 has a real advantage is the
inclusion of Qi wireless charging. The S50 can be charged by sitting it on a wireless
charging pad or in a wireless charging enabled car kit. This means you need not open the
fiddly port covers to charge the device. As intimated earlier, the physical screen
size difference means the B15Q measures in at 125 x 69.5 x 14.95 mm compared to the 140
x 75 x 12.6mm of the S50. Surprisingly all the features found in the
S50 have not made it heavier. In fact CAT have knocked 30 grams off the S50 to make
it 140g as opposed to the 170g of the B15Q. Whilst we always advise finding the better
suited device for you rather than by deciding by price, at some point it is likely to be
a consideration. Whilst prices are always changing there is approximately a £100 premium
for the S50 over the B15Q. Both devices have an IP67 rating, meaning
immersion in fresh water at a depth of 1 meter for up to 30 mintues. Drop either in a puddle,
in the sea or down a loo and they should survive. The Mil Spec 810G rating means either device
is certified to withstand falls onto concrete from a height of 1.8 meters. Such a rating
means that both devices have an added bulk for this protection. Both have microUSB connectivity, a 3.5mm headphone
jack, Bluetooth and GPS. Both devices have a 24 month (2 year) warranty,
so you are covered should anything go wrong. Those are the differences explained. We hope
this has been of some benefit to you if you are considering one of the two devices.

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  1. sadly that the s50 dosnt have dual sim,one of the best features on the b15q and the reason why i bought it.
    however,i wounder if the s50 have a better speaker at the back than the 15q-the soundvolume is pretty weak and quality is even worse

  2. Owning both phones, here's a few things that I've noticed which weren't mentioned:

    – The B15Q has aluminium side panels which feel much better than the plastic of the S50, but the back cover of the S50 feels better and doesn't squeek when pressed. Overall, the B15Q has the best feel IMO.

    – The port covers of the S50 are flimsy and don't feel like they'll last for much use. A tiny string of rubber connects them to the case. The B15Q port covers are much more robust.

    And my biggest gripe:
    – The S50 micro SD / sim slot port covers have a tendency to flip open when the phone is dropped. So if you drop the phone in a puddle, the cover might flip open and the water will fry your phone anyway.

    I'm still more satisfied with the S50, but I feel they took a few steps back as far as build quality goes with the new phone.

  3. es mentira. compré un cat s50 al ver estos videos y se me resbaló de las manos sin querer y se astilló toda la pantalla. la empresa no me reconoce lo que sucedió. donde queda la garantía??? no cumplen no lo recomiendo, es como cualquier celular

  4. Can someone please informe me if either or both of them can run Snapchat? as an new engineer my xperia z3 went to cellphone heaven way too quickly

  5. My CAT B15Q just died after laying on the beach and a wave got it
    accidently , (it just got flushed, and not really in much water)
    everything was sealed properly so I was disappointed! ( It lasted about 1 year)

  6. Mi teléfono es b 15 y tengo problemas con la tarjeta de sd porque si la reconoce el teléfono pero no almacena la información toda se queda en el teléfono y ya no tiene espacio se les agradece de antemano su atención

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