AGM has released the Glory G1S, a rugged phone with an impressive thermal camera, night vision camera, laser pointer and several other cool features. The rugged phone is built like a tank, and when you first take it out of its sleek box, you’ll immediately notice that it weighs a bit more than your average Android phone.
At 315 grams, it weighs almost twice as much as popular Android devices, such as the Google Pixel 6a or the Samsung Galaxy 52A. Part of the difference is down to the Glory G1S’ protective casing, which is claimed to be resistant to drops and drops from 1.5 meters in height and up to 30 minutes under 1.5 meters in water. Add a rugged protective case to phones that don’t have one and you’ll approach the weight of the AGM Glory G1S.
Our review copy arrived in a sleek box with an additional desktop charging station for faster charging.
As for specs, the AGM Glory G1S is powered by Snapdragon 480 processor, 8GB RAM and 128GB storage space, 1080×2340 395ppi 6.53″ 60Hz display and 5500mAh battery. Storage can be expanded with microSD cards, but that takes away one of the device’s two nano SIM slots. Android 11 is the operating system, and 5G is supported, thanks to the Snapdragon 480 processor.
If you are wondering which bands are supported:
GSM: B2, B3, B5, B8
CDMA: BC0, BC1, BC10
WCDMA: B1, B2, B4, B5, B6, B8, B19
LTE-FDD: B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B7, B8, B12, B13, B17, B18, B19, B20, B25, B26, B28AB, B66
LTE-TDD: B34, B38, B39, B40, B41
5G NR: n1, n2, n3, n5, n7, n8, n28, n41, n66, n77, n78
The dimensions of the phone are 172.80 x 82.80 x 18.40 mm. It has a fingerprint sensor and includes four different cameras. The main camera is a Sony IMX582 with 48MP; the night vision camera has 20MP and 1 infrared LED, there is a macro camera with 2MP and a selfie camera with 16MP. The main camera may not beat the high-end cameras of Android phones, but the results are still very good and should be fine for most users.
Here’s a snapshot I took with the phone’s main camera:
The default camera ratio is set to 4:3; users can change it to a different ratio if they prefer.
The phone is waterproof and dustproof (IP68 and IP69K), and it’s MIL-STD-810H compliant, which means it’s drop-tested from 1.5 meters. The phone survived all the underwater tests I put it through.
The processor, RAM, storage, and screen are adequate for most use cases, but what sets this phone apart are features you won’t find in the majority of Android phones. Take the sturdy case. It looks sturdy, and when you hold it, you’re immediately convinced it could survive a tank running over it. Although this needs to be tested, the lack of a tank made me skip the test, it is clear that the device packs a punch.
Its ruggedness makes it a great choice for outdoor and professional tasks, and thanks to its battery, it’s well-equipped to get you through the day without requiring a mid-ride recharge.
According to AGM, the Glory G1S equips the best thermal camera among all phones. It has a maximum resolution of 256×192 and supports frame rates up to 25Hz. The camera measures temperatures between -20 and 550 degrees Celsius and is remarkably well equipped for a number of different tasks, which are particularly useful for engineers. Duties include finding overheating components and using them to diagnose HVAC configurations.
Night vision is also included, and that’s a great addition too. While you can use the torch function to get some light, using night vision is an option, especially in places where you don’t want to signal your location to the world.
In terms of performance, the G1S Glory is a solid phone. It’s not as capable as high-end Android devices, but it’s well-equipped for most use cases. The sound volume of the device is excellent, much louder than what you usually get in Android phones. You may find yourself turning the volume down to 60% or even lower on the device, as it might be too loud otherwise. The AGM Glory G1S has a 3.5mm headphone jack, something you don’t find so often in smartphones anymore.
The standout feature of the AGM Glory G1S is its thermal camera, but there’s a lot more you’ll like about it. It’s a rugged drop that’s perfect for outdoor environments, thanks to its water resistance, dust resistance and ability to survive in 1.5m of water. It has a good sized battery and offers good performance for the majority of tasks you run on the device.
The AGM Glory G1S is available on the AGM website. The device is also listed on Amazon, but it is not available at the time of writing. The retail price of the AGM Glory G1S is $699.