Is AGM Mobile’s Glory G1S Rugged Phone Good for Business?

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If you think rugged smartphones are a must for your work, be glad there isn’t an endless selection. But even then, it can still be a chore to pick one.

Aside from expected features like flashlights, walkie-talkie functions and a heavily armored feel, it’s really the functional differences between one rugged handset and another that would determine your final decision. This review is of the AGM Glory GS1, which first hit the US market in January 2022. The company, which I didn’t know until this year, says they’ve been making rugged phones for a decade—and nothing else—for a decade .

Is this phone loud enough for outdoors? That depends on your definition of ‘loud’

While I’m not a sound engineer, AGM seems to have set this phone’s 1 kHz sound wave frequency to a high setting. This is probably what gives the impression that this phone has “large volume”, which I’ve seen in other reviews. A high setting of 1 kHz has been proven to be better for hearing people’s voices, along with increasing frequencies adjacent to 1 kHz. I feel like this was all done on purpose, to produce the final effect of above average volume in human voices on phone calls, zooms, etc. Ultimately, ‘loud’ isn’t the word I’d use to describe the Glory’s audio. to characterize G1S. Designed and marketed more for people who need the voices of their clients or colleagues to sound “extra outspoken”. But if you need real loudness, say in a construction zone, I still recommend an app that boosts the volume, like 4TForLive’s Super Loud Speaker Booster. This is not a negative criticism. Because I’m suggesting free volume booster apps for all brands of Android phones, even LG’s last-gap phones marketed as “loud”, though to my ears, weren’t.

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The thermal camera has its uses

The thermal camera, which I tested, is something I think would be useful. Referring to this feature, AGM’s press release says the phone is a good fit for industries such as “search and rescue, building construction, plumbing, pest control, healthcare, firefighting and other first responders.” In my test I took a picture of 2 portable coolants. One was in my freezer for a few days, the other was refrigerated for the same amount of time. The thermal sensor showed the temperatures of both, first in Celsius, before I changed the default to farenheit. In the thermal color scheme, you’ll notice that the phone also measured the temperature of my countertop, with a temperature of 77.7 degrees. The frozen refrigerant and the cooled refrigerant were read at 6.1 degrees and 42.4 degrees, respectively.

Even if you work indoors, you may still see positives in the overall durability of rugged phones. Or if you tend to drop your phone often.

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Benefits of the Glory G1S

No need to buy a separate case Latest military standard MIL-STD-810H to withstand extreme conditions such as humid heat and frost Complies with IP68 water resistance Reliable compass Made to work with T-Mobile and dual SIM cards. Note: AGM says in the phone’s Quick Start Guide, “If you insert 2 SIM cards, you can choose only one of the 2 SIM cards to use data services.” Sony IMX 350 infrared night vision camera. Note: Photos taken with the night vision camera are always in black and white. Reprogrammable instant side button. Note: AGM calls this the user-defined key. It’s the walkie-talkie unless you change it Simple red laser pointer for personal presentations (or as a cat toy when you’re at home) Thermal camera with measurements. Note: This is not the same as the night vision camera. It’s in the middle. Photos come through in thermal colors Nearly zero bloatware Battery life hasn’t disappointed The phone will try to connect to T-Mobile’s 5G network where it can

Disadvantages of the Glory G1S

Surprisingly, there is no OEM gallery app, so you have to download something like Google’s Gallery app from the Play Store. Of the 4 Glory line variants, the Glory Gs1 has the lightest weight at 360g or 0.79lb, but still feels heavy. This goes for any rugged phone, even relatively light phones will feel heavy. It is the second most expensive of the 4 variants. The calculator app should be opened by swiping down with two fingers. Not sure if Android power users will be impressed with the OEM defaults. Power users can always root at their own risk.

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The optional charging dock for the G1S, while high quality, is the closest thing to “wireless” charging. The OEM acknowledges that the G1S does not have true wireless charging

Dimensions: 6.8″ x 3.2″ x 0.6″

Operating System: Android 11

Carrier: T-Mobile (US)

Main camera: Sony IMX 582, four lenses, autofocus 48MP

Night vision camera: 20MP with 1 infrared LED.

Thermal camera: 256×192 resolution, 25FPS frame rate

Screen size and resolution: 6.53”, 2340 x 1080 (FHD+)

Storage: 128GB

Battery: 5500mAh

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