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First Look: Samsung Rugby 3 takes a dunking

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First Look: Samsung Rugby 3 takes a dunking

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Strong enough to resist water, dust, and shock, the rugged Samsung Rugby 3 also has push-to-talk.

Hey everyone, I'm Jessica Dolcourt for CNET. This is the Samsung Rugby III for AT&T. This is a rough and tumble rugged phone. It's got military specifications for dust, shock and water. So that means you can dunk it in to some water and it will work just fine. Now, what I really like about this phone is the design. I actually really enjoy these sort of rugged phones. They look pretty cool. They're durable and I am a person who drops things so I like that if I drop it, I don't even have to worry about it at all. There's a large speaker on the front, small external screen that shows things like volume. On the side here you've got a combined headset and charging ports. There are these rib sides for grips, large volume button up and down and push to talk. It's got AT&T's enhanced push to talk. The buttons are large and responsive. They're spaced out so you could theoretically use a gloved hand and still operate the phone pretty well. There are some shortcuts that pull up GPS and a menu that goes through certain shortcuts like your music player, games and your browser. On the back, you've got a panel that is screwed in. You can unscrew it pretty easily with a coin, the edge of a badge, anything flat and sharp even your thumbnail. There is a 3 megapixel camera on this phone. It is hidden in the corner. There are a few apps on this phone including Mobile Email, AT&T Radio, bunch of other AT&T navigation apps and GPS. You can also get a few games. This phone is rated for 9 hours of talk time. And the Samsung Rugby III is available on AT&T for $99 with a new, 2-year service agreement. I'm Jessica Dolcourt for CNET and this is the Samsung Rugby III.

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