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Which Hammer phone is right for you?

Launched in 2014, Hammer focuses on designing affordable phones that are strong and durable with rugged, edgy appearances. They are armoured with protective casing, and are water, dust, and shock resistant, making them the ideal brand choice for outdoor workers. If you’re interested in a Hammer phone, check out some of the best on offer below. 

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Best overall - Hammer Explorer

Shaped like a modern smartphone, the Hammer Explorer is a strong, powerful phone with the highest IP rating of protection of all Hammer phones. If you need a long-lasting, waterproof, tough phone with a hard shell, the Explorer is the one for you. 
 

Price

£250

Design

Dimensions

163 x 76 x 15.2mm

269g

 

Screen size

5.7 inches

 

Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and bumpers

Camera

Rear

Sony 13MP

 

Front

8MP

Storage

32GB (expandable to 128GB with SD card slot)

Battery

5,000mAh

IP rating

IP69

Processor

Quad-Core 2

Operating system

Android 9 Pie

4G

Yes

Features

  • Waterproof USB-C 3.0
  • Jack sockets
  • Tested against military standards: MIL-STD 810 certificate
  • NFC-enabled for mobile payments
  • Laser pointer
  • Bluetooth 5.0


Highest IP rating available at IP69, which means the phone is able to withstand hot, powerful water jets, alongside being dust and shock resistant - ideal for heavy construction workers

Strength tested according to military standards and able to survive a 2m drop

Powerful 5,000mAhbattery can last all day and more before needing to be charged

Made with Gorilla Glass and features bumpers on the external casing for extra support and protection

Features Bluetooth 5.0 and jack sockets for wired or wireless audio
 

Android 9 is not the most recent operating system

Camera quality could be improved

32GB storage may not be enough for some users, even when expanded

Relatively heavy phone
 

Best for battery life - Hammer Energy

If you’re looking for a phone with a powerful, long-lasting battery to carry you through the day, the appropriately named Hammer Energy is capable of keeping up with you. 
 

Price

£200

Design

Dimensions

146.6 x 75.9 x 13.95mm

201g

 

Screen size

5 inches

 

Gorilla Glass 3 and rubber frame

Camera

Rear

Sony 8MP

 

Front

2MP

Storage

16GB (expandable up to 128GB)

Battery

5,000mAh

IP rating

IP68

Processor

Quad-Core 1.5

Operating system

Android 7 or 8

4G

Yes

Features

  • Express Charging charges twice as fast as regular charger
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Light and distance sensor


IP68 waterproof rating means the phone can be immersed up to 1.5 metres of water for a maximum of 30 minutes

Powerful battery life with the ability to quick charge for almost immediate use again

Good value, considering it can be purchased for £200 or less

Decent-sized screen lends itself to easy handling

Rubber frame ensures the phone is comfortable to hold and doubly protected from accidental drops
 

Functions on the older Android OS system, which might not be as fast as more recent updates

Camera quality could be improved

Will most likely have to buy SD card to expand small 16GB storage
 

Best big screen - Hammer Energy 18 x 9

For gamers and film fanatics, the Energy 18 x 9 has the best screen of all the Hammer phones, and a massive battery life to go along with it. You’ll never have to worry about rushing to the charger midway through a Netflix episode again! If a large, vivid screen is a top priority for your next buy, why not take a look at the other features on the Energy 18 x 9?
 

Price

£240

Design

Dimensions

158.7 x 77.2 x 14.8mm

254g

 

Screen size

5.7 inch panoramic full screen HD + IPS screen (for vibrant colour)

 

Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with magnesium frames

Camera

Rear

Sony 13MP

 

Front

8MP

Storage

32GB (expandable up to 128GB)

Battery

5,000mAh

IP rating

IP68

Processor

Quad-Core

Operating system

Android Oreo 8.1

4G

Yes

Features

  • NFC-enabled for contactless mobile payments
  • Touch ID/fingerprint reader to unlock phone 
  • Express/quick charging
  • Dual SIM
  • Bluetooth 4.2


IP68 water-resistant up to 1.5m, and IK08 resistant to falls and crushing (with added magnesium frames for durability)

Large, clear screen with 720 x 1440 pixel resolution for a detailed and vivid display

Long-lasting battery is ideal for watching videos on your commute and playing games all day (and quick charge tops it back up in no time, so you can pick up where you left off)

Unlockable by Touch ID, adding an extra layer of security to protect your information

Bluetooth 4.2 for wireless audio (removing cables and wires from disrupting your daily life)
 

Will have to expand memory to store games and videos

Fairly heavy - may not be ideal to hold or carry at all times

Not using the most recent Android OS update

Cameras could be better
 

Best small screen - Hammer 5 Smart

If you’re hunting for something with physical buttons (like the phones of the 2000s), or wanting a simpler and more accessible phone, the Hammer 5 Smart might be the one for you. With both a screen and keypad, this model combines the aesthetic of older-fashioned looks with the technology of newer smartphones. 
 

Price

£89.99 

Design

Dimensions

137 x 61.6 x 17.8mm

168g

 

Screen size

2.4 inches

Camera

Rear

2MP

Storage

4GB (expandable up to 32GB)

Battery

2,500mAh (removable)

IP rating

IP68

Processor

MediaTek

Operating system

KaiOS

4G

Yes

Features

  • Closed USB and jack sockets allow for ultimate protection against water 
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Micro USB


Under £100

Battery can last for up to 12 hours of talking before needing to be recharged - plenty of time to catch up with friends and family in a day

IP68 rating allows the phone to be submerged up to 1.5 metres for 30 minutes

Survived a 1.2m drop test and features a protective backing to prevent damage from drops and bumps

Small size makes it easily portable and comfortable to hold in one hand

Bluetooth 4.2 and 3.5mm headphone jack allows the user to listen to music, podcasts or the radio wired or wirelessly 
 

Storage options are small

Screen might be too small for people who are visually impaired 

Only one camera and it’s not that powerful

Unknown OS to some - won’t be able to install Android apps like other Hammer phones
 

Best flip phone - Hammer Bow+

If you’re nostalgic for the flip-phone craze of the early 2000s, you may want to check out the Bow+ model. This clamshell phone still maintains all the strength and vigour of the other models, despite its sleeker, slimmer design. As unbreakable as the rest, is this the next phone for you?
 

Price

£89.99 

Design

Dimensions

111.5 x 57.2 x 21mm

136g

 

Screen size

2.4 inches

Camera

Rear

2MP

Storage

64MB (expandable up to 32GB)

Battery

1,200mAh

IP rating

IP68

Processor

MediaTek

Operating system

Proprietary OS

4G

No

Features

  • SOS button
  • MP3
  • Dual SIM
  • Wireless charging using cradle charger


Under £100!

Clamshell appearance is nostalgic for lovers of the first Nokias, as well as the modernised foldable phones 

Resistant to drops of 1.5m and capable of surviving water immersion up to 1.5m for 30 minutes

Its compact size makes it easy to transport, tuck away, and hold

Big buttons are helpful for those with dexterity struggles, or workers wearing gloves

Two display screens - external shows date, time, network, battery, and calls

Compatible with wireless charging using a charging cradle 
 

2.4 inch screen may be too small for some people to see and use

No 4G data

Only one poor camera

Not a common OS

Small battery life

Tiny initial storage of 64MB. Nearly all users would need to purchase an SD slot to expand
 

Best for budget - Hammer 4+

On the lookout for the best Hammer phone under £100? Then the tough, durable, and armoured 4+ may be your new favourite. With certified protection against dust, water, and drops, and a suitable one-size-fits-all exterior for portability and easy handling, the Hammer 4+ is a great choice for just £80!
 

Price

£80

Design

Dimensions

66 x 146 x 18mm

173g

 

Screen size

2.8 inches

 

Metal details for extra strength and durability

Camera

Rear

2MP

Storage

128MB (expandable up to 32GB)

Battery

2,000mAh

IP rating

IP68

Processor

MediaTek

Operating system

Proprietary OS

4G

No

Features

  • Closed USB and jack sockets for water protection
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Dual SIM


IP68 rating allows the phone to be submerged in up to 1.5m of water for 30 minutes

‘Island’ buttons make it easy for people in gloves, or with dexterity/motor struggles, to use

Decent 2,000mAh battery life allows the phone to remain on standby for 587 hours and stay on a phone call for 20 hours

Small, lightweight size makes it easy to hold and transport

Strong, muscular structure and metal details make this phone difficult to break
 

2.8 inch screen may be too small for some people to see and use

No 4G data

Only one poor quality camera

Need to buy an SD card as initial 128MB storage isn’t big enough

Not a common OS - won’t be able to download Android apps
 

Those were our recommendations for the best Hammer phones on the market right now. To browse some of these and many others, check out Asda mobile’s range of affordable phones online.

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