Peo­ple have dif­fer­ent require­ments for smart­phones, so every­one choos­es the right mod­el accord­ing to their pref­er­ences. A good cam­era is impor­tant to some, auton­o­my to oth­ers, a large screen to oth­ers, and some just need a sta­ble work­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion device that com­bines all the func­tions. If you are one of the lat­ter, you will be inter­est­ed to know how to choose a reli­able smart­phone.

The lev­el of reli­a­bil­i­ty of a smart­phone is a rel­a­tive para­me­ter. Much depends on the accu­ra­cy of the user and his require­ments for the gad­get. Source: pinterest.com

When buy­ing, you should under­stand for what pur­pos­es you need a smart­phone, and then eval­u­ate its para­me­ters. Let’s leave aside such banal selec­tion cri­te­ria as the amount of mem­o­ry, per­for­mance, screen res­o­lu­tion or matrix type, and dwell on oth­er fac­tors that affect the reli­a­bil­i­ty of the device.

Housing materials

If we talk about the strength of the smart­phone and its abil­i­ty to with­stand mechan­i­cal dam­age, you need to pay atten­tion to the body, name­ly what mate­ri­als it is made of. Smart­phone man­u­fac­tur­ers use plas­tic, glass and met­al. Occa­sion­al­ly ceram­ics are found.

Most often, plas­tic is used, espe­cial­ly in inex­pen­sive phones. Such a case is durable and with­stands acci­den­tal drops well. For greater reli­a­bil­i­ty, the smart­phone may have a met­al frame. The main draw­back of plas­tic is its low ther­mal con­duc­tiv­i­ty. Because of this, the cool­ing of inter­nal com­po­nents wors­ens, and this, under high loads, is fraught with over­heat­ing and reduced per­for­mance.

From dam­age when falling from a great height, the smart­phone will not save even a durable met­al case or frame. Source: theguardian.com

If the case is made of glossy plas­tic, it is quite slip­pery. With­out a case, such a phone can be acci­den­tal­ly dropped and bro­ken, so in terms of prac­ti­cal­i­ty and reli­a­bil­i­ty, this is not the best option.

Met­al is anoth­er pop­u­lar mate­r­i­al used by smart­phone man­u­fac­tur­ers. Used main­ly for flag­ship mod­els. This case is stronger than plas­tic. When falling even on asphalt, dents and scratch­es appear on it, but the dis­play and the insides remain intact, since the smart­phone is not deformed. Of course, a lot depends on how high the phone falls and how it lands.

There are also glass smart­phones. They look good but are too frag­ile. Even a fall from a low height can cause dam­age. Even the strongest glass breaks and cracks. If you need a good reli­able smart­phone, it is bet­ter not to buy a mod­el with a glass case.

Dimensions and ease of use

We fig­ured out the case mate­ri­als, and now let’s move on to its dimen­sions. They depend on the diag­o­nal of the screen. The aver­age is 6–6.5”. A phone with such a dis­play fits com­fort­ably even in a small hand. It also fits in a pock­et or even a wal­let. Pop­u­lar mod­els are Sam­sung Galaxy S22, Red­mi Note 11, Apple iPhone 13, Xiao­mi 12 and oth­ers.

There are also more com­pact mod­els with a screen of about 5”. For exam­ple, the iPhone 13 mini is a com­pact smart­phone with a met­al case and a good cam­era. It fits com­fort­ably even in a small hand.

A large smart­phone is incon­ve­nient to use with one hand. Source: gadgetreview.com

In gen­er­al, a reli­able smart­phone, accord­ing to cus­tomer reviews, is one that not only has a sol­id body, but is also con­ve­nient to use. If the phone is too large, it will be dif­fi­cult to oper­ate it with one hand, and it may be acci­den­tal­ly dropped.

The dimen­sions of the case and the reli­a­bil­i­ty of the smart­phone are indi­rect­ly relat­ed. Even if the user buys a mod­el with a large dis­play (for exam­ple, the Sam­sung Galaxy S22 Ultra), this does not mean that he will def­i­nite­ly drop it. You just need to be care­ful with it and hold it tighter in your hand.

Operating system

The reli­a­bil­i­ty of a smart­phone lies not only in its dura­bil­i­ty. The soft­ware com­po­nent also mat­ters. The most pop­u­lar oper­at­ing sys­tems are Android and iOS. The lat­ter is found only in Apple smart­phones. It has many fea­tures that ensure the safe­ty and secu­ri­ty of the user’s per­son­al data. Even if the smart­phone is stolen, it will be pos­si­ble to block it remote­ly, erase all infor­ma­tion and even find it using GPS.

A lost iPhone can be found using anoth­er smart­phone, tablet, or com­put­er. Source: stainlessapp.com

Fresh ver­sions of Android are also equipped with all sorts of fea­tures to pro­tect user data, but smart­phones with this oper­at­ing sys­tem are still slight­ly infe­ri­or to Apple. There are crafts­men who, in some cas­es, can hack the soft­ware and unlock the phone. With the iPhone, this is almost impos­si­ble. Even accord­ing to cus­tomer reviews, the iPhone is con­sid­ered the most reli­able smart­phone in terms of per­son­al data secu­ri­ty.


Accord­ing to some peo­ple, a reli­able smart­phone should have a long bat­tery life. This is part­ly true: the high­er the auton­o­my of the phone, the longer the user can stay in touch with­out recharg­ing the bat­tery. Accord­ing to this cri­te­ri­on, such smart­phone mod­els as Xiao­mi Poco M4 Pro 5G, Oppo Realme 8i, Google Pix­el 6 and oth­ers are con­sid­ered the best. If auton­o­my comes first when choos­ing a reli­able phone for a user, we rec­om­mend that you read a sep­a­rate arti­cle on this top­ic.

Dust and moisture protection

These para­me­ters depend on the degree of pro­tec­tion of the case. The pres­ence of IP67 or IP68 mark­ing in the char­ac­ter­is­tics of the smart­phone indi­cates that the device is not only not afraid of dust, but can also be immersed in water with­out unpleas­ant con­se­quences: with IP67 — to a depth of up to one meter for half an hour, and with IP68 — up to two meters for the same time.

Almost all smart­phones are splash-proof, but not every­one can with­stand immer­sion in water to a depth of one or two meters. Source: techwiser.com

If the man­u­fac­tur­er does not indi­cate the water­proof para­me­ter, or if it is low­er than IP54 or IP55, it is gen­er­al­ly for­bid­den to low­er the phone into water. The case is only splash­proof, and immer­sion in a pool will dis­able it.

Who needs reliable smartphones?

Which smart­phone is the best and most reli­able depends pri­mar­i­ly on the require­ments of the user. Par­ents are usu­al­ly look­ing for such phones for their school­child­ren. The child may drop the smart­phone or fill it with water. To pre­vent any­thing from hap­pen­ing to him, the gad­get must have the nec­es­sary lev­el of pro­tec­tion, hav­ing a durable and water­proof case. Suit­able Sam­sung Galaxy S20 FE or S21 FE. If you need some­thing cheap­er, you should look at the Pix­el 5 or Pix­el 6.

Old­er peo­ple also need smart­phones that are strong enough and reli­able with­out unnec­es­sary fea­tures. For such users, the qual­i­ty of shoot­ing pho­tos and videos, or the per­for­mance of the proces­sor, usu­al­ly does not mat­ter. For them, it is impor­tant that the phone is com­fort­able, fits well in the hand and does not break at the first fall. For exam­ple, Xiao­mi 12 is suit­able. If you want a big­ger screen, you should take a clos­er look at Red­mi Note 11.

There is also a cat­e­go­ry of users who need a phone sole­ly for com­mu­ni­ca­tion. This cat­e­go­ry includes builders, dri­vers, engi­neers and peo­ple of oth­er pro­fes­sions for whom the smart­phone is a work­ing tool that should nev­er fail. In the first place are the auton­o­my and ergonom­ic dimen­sions of the case. In this case, Xiao­mi Poco M4 Pro 5G, Oppo Realme 8i or Google Pix­el 6 are suit­able.