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Tough-looking Samsung Rugby 3

Simple but good design

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Waterproof

Minus one point

One last look

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