OUKITEL WP36 Review: A Large Rugged Outdoor Android 13 Mobile That’s Ready For All The Elements

In this video, I check out the OUKITEL WP36 Rugged Android Phone. You can buy the WP36 for $145.99 directly from OUKITEL store 👉🏻 , and use my coupon code carplaylife for an additional 6% off your order at checkout.

TL/DR: The Oukitel WP36 is a rugged Android phone built for extreme outdoor use, with impressive durability, long-lasting battery life, and robust features. While it may not match flagship phones in performance, camera quality, or display, it’s a solid choice for outdoor enthusiasts looking for reliability in tough conditions. With its low cost of ownership, it offers value for those seeking a dependable outdoor companion.

The Oukitel WP36 is not your average smartphone. With its rugged looks and robust features, it’s designed to withstand whatever life throws at it. From extreme temperatures to water submersion, this phone is built to face all the outdoor elements. But that’s just scratching the surface, so stick around as I uncover its specs and performance.

Specifications and Design:

In the box you get an instruction manual and a SIM tray removal tool, there is the WP36 phone itself, a 1 metre-long USB-C to C charging cable, and an 18W USB-C wall charger comes supplied also.

The Oukitel WP36 is certainly a behemoth of Apple iPhone Max-like proportions. It measures roughly 17.5cm in length, 8cm in width, and 2cm in depth. At a hefty weight of 399 grams, it weighs twice as much as my iPhone 15 Pro, emphasizing its sturdy build and durability, but you’ll need deep pockets and a strong forearm to weld this phone around for the entire day.

Its rugged exterior comes complete with protective materials along its sides and corners. It boasts an IP68 waterproof rating and IP69K high water pressure resistance, all of which offer peace of mind when it comes to using this phone amongst the elements. Both its SIM tray and USB-C charging port are sealed by thick rubber covers, whilst the sealed volume and power buttons and fingerprint sensor span the right side of the display.

There’s a slight lip around the front of the display that helps to protect any immediate drops, whilst the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 front screen will withstand waist-high drops onto much harder terrain. The glass also has 2x improvement in scratch performance and the pre-installed screen protector ensures added protection for the entire exterior of the phone.

Unlike the WP33 Pro, there isn’t a hand strap on the rear of the device, which is a shame as this ‘big boy’ phone is quite a handful to hold and use single-handedly. The WP36 shares a similar back end with what looks to be the same 136dB loudspeaker. Around this speaker is a single flashlight and three camera lenses.

Performance and Features:

Underneath its toughened exterior, the WP36 runs on Android 13, with 8GB of RAM (expandable up to 16GB) and 128GB of storage. A TF card can also be inserted alongside a SIM card for additional storage expansion. A MediaTek MT8788 CPU clocked at 2GHz drives the WP36, delivering a fairly smooth experience throughout my test, but its 720×1600 resolution and 60Hz refresh rate do set a low ceiling of performance. Battery life is where the WP36 stands proud. Thanks to its massive 10600mAh Lithum-Ion battery, you can kiss battery anxiety goodbye. This beast offers up to 60 days of standby time, 12 hours of gaming, 15 hours of movie watching and up to 30 hours of web browsing!

Camera and Display:

Now, let’s talk optics. The WP36 sports a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, accompanied by a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel macro camera. While the photo quality is ok if you give it plenty of light, the video recording capabilities max out at 720P at 120fps and 1080P at 30fps and this shows against more capable cameras on today’s phones.

I found that both the camera and modes suffered a little delay in reading and adjusting to harsh lights, such as these low sun scenes in this test sample. Early captured photos would end up being overexposed and then it later settles down a few seconds afterwards and also recorded in subsequent shots. Contrast can appear a little oversaturated but otherwise its quality can seem quite natural. It’s disappointing that videos lack optical image stabilization, especially for a phone designed for outdoor use. Additionally, the digital zoom in both photos and videos compromises quality and is best avoided.

In summary, for casual photography, the WP36 is sufficient if you can accommodate its minor light-sensing limitations. However, for users seeking top-tier photo and video capabilities, it may fall short of expectations.

The 6.52” IPS display of the WP36 is fairly sharp and vibrant, boasting a resolution of 720×1600 pixels. However, there’s no HDR support, and with 269ppi it falls short in pixel density compared to 460ppi of an iPhone 15 Plus and is limited to a refresh rate of 60Hz. If accustomed to higher resolutions and frame rates, this limitation may become noticeable on the WP36.

Additional Features and Performance:

As mentioned briefly earlier, one of the WP36’s standout features is the 8D loudspeaker on the back. This has also been featured previously in its WP33 Pro phone. It works best with the rear speaker facing upwards or facing towards you, and it delivers an ear-shattering level of audio volume. It could very easily replace the need to carry a portable outdoor speaker with you. Sadly though, its overall quality and bass aren’t going to blow your socks off as much as how loud it can get, but it is good enough to share music whilst out and about or whilst gaming at home. At peak volume levels it does struggle to maintain its overall audio quality, whilst at mid to lower volume levels the WP36 can produce a more acceptable audio output from its rear loudspeaker.

The WP36 uses the stock Android Quickstep OS launcher, which offers a clean user experience, and there are no unnecessary apps or overlay visuals that could bloat or slow the whole experience down on the phone. Wi-Fi speeds are limited to Wi-Fi 5, and regrettably, wireless charging is not supported. This feature would have been convenient, eliminating the need to frequently pry open the sealed covers to access the USB-C port for charging. Charging its huge 10600mAh battery took just over 3 hours, and running the phone on standby whilst doing some light tasks saw the battery drain to 50% after almost 14 days. This performance could question its claimed 60 days’ worth of standby time that could only be achieved if you turned off most of its features and never touched it, which no one would ever do if the WP36 was their primary phone.

My Impressions:

The Oukitel WP36 can be purchased from various retail outlets, for around $260, and you can check out my links in the description down below to learn more about the WP36, support the channel and buy yourself one.

The Oukitel WP36 is without a doubt, a rugged powerhouse, from its durability to its impressive battery life, it’s a solid choice for those in need of a reliable Android phone for their outdoor adventures. While it may not rival flagship phones in terms of ultimate performance, camera quality or display, its rugged construction, long-lasting battery life, and robust features could appeal to extreme outdoor enthusiasts.

TIMESTAMPS:

0:00 – Brief overview
0:40 – Unboxing the Oukitel WP36
0:53 – WP36 Specs & Design
2:41 – WP36 Performance & Features
3:36 – WP36 Camera & Display
5:31 – WP36 Additional Features & Performance
7:19 – My Impressions

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