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Rugged Samsung Rugby 3 (pictures)

We take a closer look at the third generation of this cell phone built for military specs.

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Jessica Dolcourt

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Tough-looking Samsung Rugby 3

In addition to looking like it could take some knocks, the Samsung Rugby 3 is built to military specifications so it can withstand water, dust, and shock.
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Simple but good design

The phone's design is a familiar clamshell. It's simple, but well laid out, especially the large, responsive dial pad keys.
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Side show

The Rugby 3 has push-to-talk; just press the top button to get started. I like the volume rocker's width as well. It's easy to find sight-free.
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Lock it down

Like many rugged phones, the back panel screws down to keep the electronics sealed in. Beneath the cover are the microSD card slot and the SIM card slot.
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Shortcuts

Helpful shortcuts on the dialpad launch GPS for turn-by-turn directions if you subscribe to AT&T Navigator, and cycle through shortcuts. You can also turn the phone to vibrate mode.
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Waterproof

Hydrophobic phones like this can remain submerged underwater for short spans without shorting out the phone.
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Minus one point

Samsung loses a point for the combined headset jack and charging port. Not only can you not listen to music on a wired headset while you charge, you also need an adapter.
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One last look

The Samsung Rugby 3 makes for a handsome durable cell phone, but unfortunately call quality wasn't up to snuff. Read all the pros and cons in the full review.

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