The Good Samsung's Rugby Pro has stellar call quality, push-to-talk support, NFC, a speedy processor, and a decent 5-megapixel camera.
The Bad It doesn't look or feel all that durable, and the back panel popped open when I threw the handset.
The Bottom Line Samsung's Rugby Pro makes a good, affordable choice for people seeking a more rugged smartphone, but it won't satisfy those who need an ultradurable frame.
Tough-guy Android phone for a fair price
Samsung's Rugby Pro is a buddy story between AT&T and a durable Samsung-made Android 4.0 phone. It may look tough on the outside, but there's heart and brainpower within. The Pro joins the "Rugby" team -- which also includes the Rugby -- with specs to keep out heat, dust, and the rest., the , and 2008's original
Proving that it's with the times, the Rugby Pro adds Android Ice Cream Sandwich, zippy 4G LTE speeds, and an especially speedy dual-core processor to a push-to-talk device with physical buttons and a screw-on back. The $100 price tag is certainly appealing for all you get, but watch out -- the Rugby Pro wasn't always ready to tussle.
Rugged as advertised?
Anytime a durable product comes in, we're honor bound to smack it around. An appropriately hearty phone, the Rugby Pro stands 5 inches tall by 2.7 inches wide and measures 0.5 inch thick. It feels hefty at 4.6 ounces. It meets U.S. Mil-STD 810F specifications for dust, humidity, rain, and shock. Beyond that, it's waterproof up to a depth of a meter for up to 30 minutes, when all ports are tightly closed. However, don't make a habit of bringing it swimming with you; it isn't intended for extended water use.
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