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AGM Glory G1 Pro Review: 5G Rugged Smartphone with Thermal Imaging Camera

Featuring a thermal camera and night camera, the AGM Glory G1 Pro is a rugged phone that offers a variety of features – including a top-notch thermal camera. It’s not just for the typical businessman, but also for campers, hunters, and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds, and comes with a nice but exciting chipset, a delightful bloatware-free Android 11 install, and 5G network. The size and weight are obvious and the styling isn’t for everyone, but it means business and can survive more than just a few tumbles in the field. This Article is aimed to introduce a detailed AGM Glory G1 Pro review to learn various specifications and qualities its gains to be really professional.

Quick Glance of AGM Glory G1 Pro

  • RAM: 8GB
  • ROM: 256GB
  • Weight: Approx. 370g
  • OS: Android 11
  • Power: 6200mAh
  • Screen: 6.53-inch display
  • Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 480 5G
  • Front Camera: 16MP
  • Rear Camera: 48MP+20MP(Night Vision)+2MP
  • Certification: P68, IP69K, and MIL-STD-810H

Build & Design Overview

Build quality is the MSP of rugged devices, and as you’d expect, the AGM Glory G1 Pro is like a tank. It’s 17.5 mm thick at its thickest point (where the speaker protrudes) and weighs 370 grams. It took me a lot of time to get used to the thick design of the Pixel 4a. A large camera bump combined with a huge speaker protrusion above the bump makes it harder to hold. With the camera and huge speaker protrusion, most of its mass is located in the top area, which makes balancing the device with one hand even more difficult. The edges of the device are protected by an extra layer of rubber.

Rugged & Robust

The device is IP68 and IP69K rated, which means the smartphone is completely protected from dust, and it is also very water resistant, allowing it to be submerged underwater for up to 30 minutes at a depth of 5 feet. It’s also protected from high-temperature spray, which is useful in industrial environments. The AGM Glory G1 Pro also appears to have passed MIL-STD-810H, surviving continuous drops of up to 6.5 feet on concrete, and it is also designed to stay operational over a temperature range of -4F to 60F (-20C to 140C) This is an impressive feat.

Display

Coming from a monitor with a perforated cutout, adjusting to the teardrop notch on the Glory G1 Pro was effortless. My only complaint about the display is the huge chin and bezel at the corners. But it’s certainly not something we don’t see in rugged smartphones. Overall, it’s a quality LCD, but given the price of the device, the company should have used an AMOLED panel. AGM refers to the display glass as a “diamond screen”. We may see scratches at level 6 and deeper grooves at level 7. The company has also generously provided a pre-applied plastic screen protector.

The Camera

At night, you have two options, either use the night vision algorithm or rely on IR LEDs for black and white capture. I’ve been using a Pixel 2 XL for a while (before the hardware was phased out after a year) and the software-based night vision is excellent. AGM isn’t really there, so nighttime (almost completely dark) photos aren’t that great.

However, after switching to B&W mode, the Honor G1 Pro does dwarf some dedicated night vision security cameras. Everything is clear, so the two IR LEDs work wonders.

Verdict

Rugged smartphones have always been an interesting niche because while most people want to own and use a rugged smartphone, not many are willing to compromise on looks and design. Even so, construction workers and overall personnel working in harsh environments can’t use regular smartphones for long periods of time. So devices like the AGM Glory G1 Pro can come in handy. This is one of the most rugged devices available (it even survived my own extreme temperature tests).

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