Want a waterproof phone, but want it to be tough and run the latest android, have you heard about AGM Phone?
Do you work in construction or engineering?
Want a phone to survive a drop and a dive? Maybe hammer a few nails, or use as flashlight?
Sounds a lot like a CAT phone, but it’s not, it’s better and cheaper –
AGM A8 – SON OF FIRE AND ICE!
AGM A8 Review Best Waterproof Phone – Introduction and Specs
Having those fragile flagships like Honor 8 and Samsung S7 is great, however, they rarely survive long before a proper thick case.
I hate how it makes those devices look uglier and really defeats the purpose of creating such a beautiful, but ultimately fragile device. Everybody wants to own one, but later realises they can’t keep it safe.
Let’s face it, you need a proper phone for your lifestyle! I have friends that are up on the mountain or in the woods the whole day and keep breaking their Sony Z’s and Samsung S’s all the time. The main reason for this is that CAT phones are just as expensive, but have horrible cameras and are slow! Face it, you need an AGM Phone!
Enters AGM Phone A8 – Cheapest IP68 Phone with Android Nougat and 3GB RAM!
AGM A8 is thick, however, it’s far from ugly in my books.
I really loved the added belt/toolbox attacher on the back. This AGM Phone is definitely handy and practical!
The design stands out and it has the best grip thanks to the plastic and rubber back.
Before you ask, the capacitive buttons are backlit!
All ports are covered tight and even the battery is removable and hidden beneath a second shield!
No water ever getting through to the battery! You do have to unscrew the bolts in order to get access to it. There you’ll also find dual sim slots and a separate mSD card slot! Not many of those phones around people!
You do have to unscrew the bolts in order to get access to it. AGM provides a simple tool for it in the package.
AGM Phone Review – A8 Tech Specs
AGM A8 Review – DISPLAY
AGM A8 CAMERAS
Rear Camera: 13.0MP f/2.2 with Autofocus
AGM A8 Performance and Connectivity
CDMA 1X / EVDO B5
Only one sim tray supports 4G, SIM 1, the other is just up to 3G.
AGM Phone Review – A8 Best Waterproof Phone
Interface and Features
Running stock Android 7 Nougat AGM A8 comes packed with all the latest Google features like:
Display DPI and Font Size
Not all of us have the same vision or prefer the same letter size for reading, luckily with Android 7 you don’t have to worry. These settings can be accessed on the fly.
Engineering and Construction Tools
Returning from AGM X1 is the super-useful Outdoors app with tools like ruler, protractor, compass and more to help you around the house or in the workplace. You can’t have an AGM phone without it.
A truly Multi-Language International Phone
I don’t think I’ve seen a phone support so many languages than the AGM A8!
Wherever you are, if you choose to, you can switch to your own language.
AGM A8 Performance and Battery Life – Can it be used as a daily driver?
Most rugged phones perform sluggishly to compensate for water/dust resistance. Especially CAT S50 which costs around 300$!
Snapdragon 410 is nowhere near his big brother SD820, however, compared to most entry phones it runs just fine, even better!
Yes, you do get an occasional slower app opening, however, with plenty of RAM you can side-load all the apps you use and then multi-tasking becomes very smooth.
RAM management is very well done as well, as the device rarely re-loads apps and games.
For a waterproof phone this is pretty sweet.
Speaking of gaming the Adreno 306 can still handle even some heavy 3D games like Modern Warfare 5 with almost no lag. You will miss some of the graphics quality, however, this is an OK gaming phone as well.
SEE VIDEO REVIEW FOR GAMING TEST 06:50 INTO THE REVIEW:
Light to moderate 3D games like Super Mario Run and Non-Stop Knight(a personal fave, check it out) ran great.
Battery life is good, however, not meant for the heavy user.
AGM A8 is mainly designed to be used for calls and GPS/Compass with light browsing and youtube watching in between. With light usage, the battery lasts around 3-4 days, however, used mainly as a phone and tool it can last for up to a whole week.
With heavy usage(using 4G/GPS, watching lots of youtube, browsing and gaming) don’t expect dozens of hours of screen-on-time. The phone manages around 5-7 Hrs and will last you a full day in those conditions.
AGM Phone Camera Review – A8 Has a good camera
A phone not advertised for its camera the AGM A8 has fine front and back snappers!
The Camera interface is straight out Google Camera, so – nice, clean UI with lots of features!
Focusing is not the fastest, but you can’t argue with the results
Night shots are not great, however, if you require a better camera and more performance, there’s always the AGM X1 – Waterproof 64GB Flagship!
I have to say that night shots are again very good considering the price point and all these features!
The main camera can even shoot respectable 1080p video with very good audio, another win!
AGM A8 Front Camera
On paper the front camera should be horrible, however, surprise, surprise – it’s quite capable as well!
What this camera can do with just 2MP most Chinese phones can’t with 8MP!
Even in lower light it still retains much detail, thanks to the larger aperture.
Although just at 720p, the front camera video is again much better than any other waterproof phones at that price!
AGM A8 Best Waterproof Phone Conclusion – BEST TOUGH PHONE AT THIS PRICE AND MORE!
I cannot stress this enough – AGM A8 for just 149$ is a super awesome phone!
It can take a knock, punch and a dive at the same time while running the latest Android and has plenty of RAM and storage along with capable cameras.
Sure, it’s a bit thick, however, it’s still beautiful and when you hold it you feel secure and safe.
It will never let you down and can be used as a main phone without worries if you’re not coming from a Xiaomi Mi5 or faster 😀
AGM A8 PROS:
+ IP68 Water and Dust Resistant
+ Good Cameras
+ Running Android 7 Nougat with all the latest Features
+ 3GB RAM and 32GB Storage
+ NFC and Compass
+ Great Outdoors/Engineering App
+ Great Call Quality/Signal Reception
AGM A8 CONS:
– SD410 not the fastest chip on the block
– Battery life not meant for very heavy usage, mostly standby