Lifeproof claims aside, Hisense have done well to keep this IP67 dust- and water-tight device from looking like a rugged phone. Rubber mouldings and Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4 up front are on shock and scratch resistance duty and a 13 MP and 5 MP front and rear camera set up are great at this price point.

An ample 3 200 mAh battery, 3GB RAM and crisp 5-inch screen round out an impressive list of specs and the middle-of-the-road Snapdragon 415 processor chugs along nicely. Great value.
R4 000, hisense.co.za

This article was originally published in the April 2016 issue of Popular Mechanics magazine.