Dewalt MD501 Smart Phone - Top 5 Things You Need to Know

We all use - and in fact need - a phone when we’re at work. And just because we happen to work in a tough environment - a job site - shouldn’t mean we can’t have a top-spec phone that’ll allow us to surf the web, take calls and use social networks.

Yes, we can fit a tough case to our phone but what about a phone that’s been designed and built to withstand the rigours of the job site while having all the spec we’d expect to find in a flagship smart phone?


That’s where DeWalt’s new MD501 comes in and Toolstop are first place in the UK where you can buy it.

Watch our unboxing and Top 5 Things video on Toolstop TV.

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Top 5 Things You Need to Know about the MD501 Smart Phone

#1 - its Guaranteed Tough

dewalt md501 drop test
It’s IP68 meaning it’s impervious to dust and water ingress. Added to that is the drop-protection offered by the build of the phone. It’ll survive a drop of up to 2m onto concrete, and Dewalt are guaranteeing its toughness with a 2 year warranty.

#2 - You Can Use it Wearing Gloves

This is a hugely useful feature for when you’re in the field. No more having to remove your gloves in order to use your smart phone, you’ll be able to unlock the phone and tap away on the 5” HD screen.

#3 - it Has Expandable Storage

dewalt md501 storage
the base storage is just 16Gb, but that’s not a problem as it has expandable storage, allowing you to slot in your own micro sd card with up to 64gb of storage. Great for storing your mp3s, podcasts, games and your legally downloaded movies and TV shows to watch on your lunch break!

#4 - it’s Waterproof

This is the type of feature we’re accustomed to seeing on certain top-end smart phones from samsung or sony, so it’s makes complete sense to see it as a key benefit of the MD501. It can be submerged in water up to 2m deep for up to 30 minutes. And we’ve been told it’ll survive being frozen in a block of ice…

#5 - it Has Dual Micro SIM Slots

dual sim slot dewalt md501
This feature is becoming more popular on android phones and it makes sense for tradespeople. No more will you need to have a work phone and a personal phone, you can run both your micro SIM cards in the phone at the same time.

This is also ideal if you’re running a cheap sim just for calls, but have a contract sim for data. Use both in the phone at the same time, and you’ll have access to 4G speeds, depending on your mobile contract

In addition to those 5 key facts, the phone also benefits from Qi charging. This means with a compatible charging plate, you can just drop the phone onto it and it’ll charge wireless. No more fiddling with cables with your gloves on!

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Other specs include:

* Processor: MT6735 1.3 GHz, 64-bit quad core with ARM Mali-T720 GPU
* Memory: 2GB RAM, 16GB storage (+ up to 64GB microSD)
* Cameras: 13MP main, 5MP front
* Battery: 3950mAh with Qi wireless charging. Standby 450 hrs. Talktime 2G/3G: 480/420 min
* Connectivity: Dual-SIM 4G LTE-FDD Band 1/3/7/20/28, LTE-TDD Band 39/40/41, GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz, IEEE 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4, NFC
* Size/Weight: 156 x 82 x 14 mm, 245g
* OS: Android 5.1
* Other features: Radio, USB OTG, G-sensor, gyroscope, pressure, magnetic, light & range sensors, GPS, AGPS, GLONASS.

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It’s available from Toolstop! Let us know any questions you may have, plus your thoughts on the MD501 in the comment section.

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