The Good The Samsung Rugby II has a durable, comfortable design and a solid feature set. It builds on its predecessor by adding voice dialing and by performing better.
The Bad The Rugby II has a nonstandard headset jack and Samsung hides the memory card slot behind the phone's battery.
The Bottom Line The Samsung Rugby II improves on its predecessor and delivers a functional, rugged phone with satisfying performance.
Samsung Rugby II SGH-A847 - black (AT&T)
"Stick with what works" appears to be Samsung's theme with the Rugby II for AT&T. In both design and features the Rugby II, aka the SGH-A847, is nearly identical to Sammy's first Rugby phone. You'll find they both share the same rugged design and a strong focus on communication with support for AT&T's push-to-talk network. Fortunately, the Rugby II offers better call quality than its predecessor did and it adds the all-important voice-dialing feature. However, on the downside, with the Rugby II, Samsung still forces you to use a nonstandard headset jack. The Rugby II costs $99 with a two-year service agreement; if you don't want a contract, you'll pay $249 for the phone's full price.
If you put the Rugby II next to the Rugby, we'd wager that you wouldn't be able to tell them apart. The Rugby II has a different color scheme (silver and black versus burgundy and black) and is slightly larger, but its remaining design elements are the same. The large speaker above the external display is designed for PTT calls, the ribbed sidings give the phone a comfortable feel in the hand, and the tough plastic skin should take many blows. The Rugby II is slightly larger (4.01 inches long by 2.05 inches wide by 0.86 inch deep) than the Rugby is, but at 3.52 ounces, it's a tad lighter.
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