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Rugged Samsung Rugby Pro

Flaps

Almost flush

More buttons

Lock and key

Side armor

Camera

Oops

In the hierarchy of durable phones, the Samsung Rugby Pro is rugged light. What it lacks in thick, rubbery armor, it makes up for with push-to-talk and the most advanced Android capabilities I've seen on a phone of this type.
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Flaps like this headset jack cover snap into place to keep out dirt and water.
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The styled sides are fairly flush with the phone's screen, not recessed. On the plus side, the display is easier to read. On the downside, it's also easier to break.
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The physical buttons are easier to press with gloves, but you'll still have to remove them to touch the screen.
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You can use a coin to secure the Rugby Pro's back panel.
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I like the raised, grippy buttons on the Rugby Pro's spine, and that convenience key above the volume rocker can trigger any app, including push-to-talk.
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The 5-megapixel camera and flash are actually really good, a surprise for a rugged phone, where a good shooter usually takes the back seat.
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I may have thrown the phone a little harder than I intended on a carpeted surface (not the concrete pictured), but the back panel immediately popped up. Make sure you screw that down well.
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