Samsung Rugby Smart (AT&T)

The Good The Samsung Rugby Smart's rugged but slim design can withstand a dunking and a slam against the wall. Its camera comes with many features, and images and videos look great on the Super AMOLED screen.

The Bad The Rugby Smart's voice quality is a little muffled and the camera's autofocus feature isn't the fastest.

The Bottom Line The Samsung Rugby Smart can take plenty of punches, without skimping on the smartphone features. Unlike other rugged phones, it's easy on the eyes and it can run on 4G.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 8.0
7.7 Overall

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Review

Samsung Rugby Smart (AT&T)

Personally, I'm not too keen on rugged devices. I don't live a tough enough lifestyle to justify owning one (except that time I wrestled a 6-year-old over the last bear claw), and as CNET's Brian Bennett so accurately put it, finding one that doesn't "look like an off-road tire" can be a challenge. Plus, what the phone makes up for in protection, it usually lacks in great smartphone features.

I must say, however, that the Samsung Rugby Smart by AT&T has won me over. If I led a more swashbuckling life, the Rugby Smart would definitely be a handset I'd want. Not only can it take a decent beating, but for $99.99 (when you sign a two-year contract), the device also comes loaded with Android Gingerbread and an impressive Super AMOLED display. Furthermore, it's pretty sleek-looking, meaning it can't be any more unattractive than those cumbersome Otterbox phone cases.

Design
When I first got my hands on the Samsung Rugby Smart, I was struck by how thin and light it was. At 4.82 inches tall, 2.2 inches wide, and 0.48 inch thick, I could hardly tell it was supposed to be a rugged handset. In addition, it weighs only 4.4 ounces, so it didn't feel like I was lugging a brick around in my pocket.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $450
  • Brand Samsung
  • Service Provider AT&T
  • Diagonal Size 4.2 in
  • Weight 3.7 oz
  • Sensors Accelerometer, proximity sensor
  • Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
  • Additional Features Samsung AllShare, Samsung Approved for Enterprise (SAFE), TTY compatible, intelligent typing (T9), multitasking
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