Caterpillar B15Q Smartphone

Stylish rugged smartphone

Author: Jani 'Japala' Pönkkö
Published: 16.08.2014
Manufacturer: Caterpillar
Product Group: Miscellaneous
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Sadly, this is the part where the B15Q fails the most. The custom software that drives the hardware it makes it almost unusable. During the testing we had a lot of problems with the settings and in the end, managed to find one that disabled a set of menu options completely.

    1. Currently, to be able to take 5MP photos, you need to select 4:3 preview mode, not the full screen mode. Full screen preview saves the photos in 1MP resolution. This is the only setting that is available in the menu while the full screen is active.

    2. Do not adjust the flicker filter setting in the video menu. There is an option to select none, 50Hz, 60Hz and an empty slot. Select the empty slot and you will not be able to enter the menu any more...

    3. For some reason the recorded video is not 1080p but the horizontal resolution is 1088 pixels. Might not make the difference in everyday use but may cause problem in video editing etc. Youtube for example didn't seem to mind this at all.

CAT support is working on fixing these and they should be ok on the next software update.

Photos turn out quite nice when the scene has enough light in it. The camera does have problems occasionally with bright areas that tend to be bit overexposed. Videos on the other hand feel like the camera does not utilize the full 1920 x 1080 pixels from the imaging sensor to produce the clips. They seem grainy and kinda upscaled. Also, there is no continuous focus, so your need to be tapping on the screen when the situations change. Zooming works only by pincing, hardware buttons are not utilized.


Sample pictures and Video

Click the image to see the original, unaltered file from the phone.


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