The Good The Samsung Rugby SGH-A837 has a durable, easy-to-use design with an excellent feature set that includes 3G support, push-to-talk, and GPS. Photo quality is excellent.
The Bad The Samsung Rugby SGH-A837's call quality was a bit uneven and streaming-video quality was disappointing. Also, it uses a proprietary headset jack and it lacks voice dialing.
The Bottom Line The Samsung Rugby SGH-A837's could use a few improvements, but it remains a solid choice for a rugged, straight-forward phone with a loaded feature set.
Samsung Rugby SGH-A837
For a long time, Sprint Nextel has had a lock on rugged cell phones with push-to-talk capability, but with the new Samsung SGH-A837, AT&T is trying to get back in the game. The SGH-A837, aka the Rugby (presumably because it can take a lot of blows), is the first AT&T rugged PTT handset since the Motorola V365. Strong and sturdy with an outsized speaker, the Rugby very much plays the part. It also offers trendy features such as Bluetooth, a 1.3-megapixel camera, and a music player, but its performance didn't hit the highest marks. The Rugby is a bit pricey ($279); or you can get it for $179 with a two-year service agreement.DesignMotorola i365
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