Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Rugged Cat B100

Caterpillar is known for its rugged machinery – and now it has rolled out an equally rugged new phone said to be drop proof and waterproof and built to stand knocks, scratches and dust. In other words, the Cat B100 handset has been designed to ‘withstand the rigors of the real world'. 

Its makers claim it can work in temperatures of between -25°C and 55°C and survive a 1.8 meter drop. It can also be submerged in up to one meter of water for up to 30 minutes, has a talk-time of up to 10 hours and can be on standby for up to 23 days using a single charge. Better still, it was built to be used in noisy environments because it has a noise cancelling microphone and a high-quality loudspeaker. 

Unlike the latest generation of thin touchscreen smartphones, the Cat handset (dimensions: 12.3 cm x 5.6 cm x 1.8 cm, display: 2.2 inches, memory: 128 MB /64 MB,camera: 3MP with 4x zoom and weight: 136 g) has large buttons so that people can use it even when wearing gloves. 

“The Cat B100 is a practical and tough mobile phone, designed for people who demand ultimate reliability”, said Dave Floyd, Co-CEO of Bullitt Mobile, which licenses CAT phones. 

“Its rugged features, long battery life and talk time make the B100 an ideal choice for tough conditions”. He added: “This is a phone that won’t let you down”. 

The handset has gone on show at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, USA. The handset comes with a screen protector and belt clip, as well as a charger and will be available in Europe, yet pricing and availability has yet to be announced. 

I was at KL Sentral (again) today to attend the SPAD Toastmasters meeting. I was there to be a speech evaluator for the hard-working VP Education Priyadarshini Thillainathan and she acquitted herself well. 

Generally speaking, it was a good meeting but the General Evaluator was very tight-lipped and he did not really help to add value to the said meeting – SPAD Toastmasters must not stay fenced in. I fear the members are settling into their own comfort zones and seem contented. I hope they don’t get into the routine of delivering speeches and evaluations that are unremarkable – they must challenge themselves if they wish to improve and grow! I would give this meeting a score of a 5 over 10. 

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