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2018's Best Rugged Phones


The Outdoor Phone Store is New Zealand's biggest retailer of rugged smartphones. We have more expertise in this area than the big telcos who want to charge you $1100 for a phone with only 3GB of RAM and still running the old Android 6 operating system. You'll get a superior phone for hundreds of dollars cheaper below. From the new slimline rugged 'Active' made from the same material that stops bullets, to the incredible power and durability of the Blackviews, or the simple reliability and toughness of the AGMs: we've got your comms needs covered with these bestselling rugged smartphones for 2018. We don't boast the biggest range, because many don't meet our standards. Instead we focus on a select few that are literally the best in the world. If we don't sell a particular rugged phone, it isn't worth buying. Click on a phone to learn more

New Zealand's leading provider of rugged smartphones

Fully compatible with NZ and AU networks: we've done the homework to source precisely the right model variants so you don't end up with an expensive brick that doesn't work here. All models carry a 12 month NZ warranty. A must have for: Tradies, farmers, Hunters, Trampers, Search, Rescue & Emergency personnel, skiers, boaties, bushwalkers, and you

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2018's best slim phones

Don't need rugged? The Xiaomi MI6 is as powerful as Samsung's $1149 Galaxy S8 (it uses the Galaxy S8 processor), and there are also affordable phones here to suit any budget that offer better value for money than you'll get from the big telco's. The new release UMIDIGI S2 Pro is a water and dust resistant alternative to the Galaxy S9 and only half the price - its videos are MUST SEE! The S2, Meiigoo S8 and 4X are all on a 3-5 day delivery schedule...

What our customers are saying...

I mostly see queries here that have apparently come from either ‘newish’, or prospective customers – nothing wrong with that! But having owned an AGM that I purchased from Ian at the start of May last year, I just felt compelled to comment on how stoked I am with it. Yes the product is awesome, but I really have found the back-up to be spot on too. While the phone hasn’t missed a beat, I’ve had a couple of minor network issues I didn’t fully understand and Ian personally talked me through them – very patiently and with easy, successful outcomes. Ian very obviously knows what he’s about and looks after his customers. I will have absolutely no worries about buying from him in the future, or recommending him to others. Excellent value for money!

George W

A wee story supporting the claims of these phone. About a month ago now, I was on Mt Taranaki checking Bells Falls. I climbed up to the base of the falls to get a photo to indicate the current flow rate over the falls. After taking the photo on my phone I placed the phone on a rock about 1.5 meters above the river and took my proper camera out of my back.
While I was setting this camera on the tripod, another person came up to talk to me, they knocked the phone off the rock and into the river. The phone was washed down stream along the rocky river bed for about 5 meters before coming to rest in a rock pool. I walked down stream to the pool and recovered the phone, gave it a wipe down and apart from a couple of dings on the protective face cover, no problems it is still working like a dream. Well done Blackview.

Jim from Carters

Ian …you rock , after all that you have been through and obviously with no fault from you, at all…. you really went out of your way for me ,came and meet me , face to face and made me a very happy chappy, this phone is better than in every way the Best phone I’ve ever tried your a straight up front dude alright big respect thank you

About us

It's not something we shout about, but we've been in the mobile phone business for a very long time. Investigate's smartphone division is run by Ian and Heidi Wishart; Heidi's background in telecommunications for Bellsouth Mobile and Clear, and Ian's connection to the establishment of NZ's first mobile phone network (Telecom 025) proved invaluable when the couple began operating a Vodafone affiliate in 1999. Since then we've sold a wide range of phones and tablets to clients all over NZ. Today, we specialise in providing handsets that work on ALL the networks - Spark, Vodafone and 2Degrees, giving you options you can't get from the telcos' own stores. All phones come with a 12 month genuine NZ service warranty (not a 'we'll send it to China and call you in three months' warranty), and our prices include GST for tax deductibility for business use.


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