Samsung Rugby Pro

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.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 6.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 8.0
7.3 Overall

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Review

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 Samsung Rugby Smart, the Rugby II, and 2008's original Rugby -- with specs to keep out heat, dust, and the rest.

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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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $450
  • Brand Samsung
  • Service Provider AT&T
  • Diagonal Size 4 in
  • Weight 4.6 oz
  • Technology LTE
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