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Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro Review

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Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro Review
Introduction:

Earlier this year, we saw the Samsung Rugby Smart come to AT&T, which set it apart from other smartphones with the carrier, as it was designed to be a rugged Android device. Now eight months later comes the follow-up, the Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro – it has a larger 4” display, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, and is running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. If that wasn’t enough, 4G LTE is also on-board, so you can get faster data connection while in an AT&T LTE coverage area. Add all of that together, and you have a smartphone that has a nice appeal to it with only a $100 on-contract price.
Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro Review

Included in the retail box is the Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro SGH-I547 smartphone, 1850mAh battery, wall charger with detachable microUSB cable, and user guides.


Design:

The overall design of the Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro hasn’t changed too much from the Rugby Smart. It still exhibits all the qualities of a rugged device, with thick rubber gripping on the sides, and a textured locking battery cover. This does make the device feel a bit chunky in the hand, but no more so than a standard smartphone with an add-on case installed. 

The Samsung Galaxy Rugby feel a bit chunky in the hand - Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro Review
The Samsung Galaxy Rugby feel a bit chunky in the hand - Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro Review
The Samsung Galaxy Rugby feel a bit chunky in the hand - Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro Review
The Samsung Galaxy Rugby feel a bit chunky in the hand - Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro Review

The Samsung Galaxy Rugby feel a bit chunky in the hand


Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro Review

You can compare the Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

Since the Galaxy Rugby Pro meets military standard 810F, it is resilient to blowing rain and sand, high humidity, thermal shock, and is waterproof up to 1 meter for 30 minutes. The display and front keys also have an anti-scratch coating on them. We were able to drop the phone several times (on tile) from a height of 5 feet, and there were no visible signs of damage to the device.

Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro Review
Below the display are three physical buttons for menu, home, and back, and around the sides of the device are the volume rocker, power/lock key, and customizable key, all of which are easily found by touch alone, as they have a nice texture on them. Up on top is the 3.5mm headset jack, and on the bottom is the microUSB port, both of which are protected by a plastic cover with water seal.

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Located on the back is a 5MP autofocus camera with LED flash. The battery cover is locking, but doesn’t require too much effort with a finger nail to turn the latch to unlock it. When removed, there is a rubber seal that protects the 1650mAh battery, SIM card, and microSD memory card slot from damage.

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Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro Review
Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro Review

The battery cover lock

  


Display:

Even though the Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro is built to withstand the elements, it remains a mid-range smartphone, but we're glad to see that the display size has increased from 3.7” to 4”, though the resolution remains WVGA 480x800 pixels. This means that small text appears slightly jagged at times. But since it is Super AMOLED, it provides eye-grabbing colors and excellent contrast when viewing images or watching videos. One feature missing is any type of automatic backlight brightness setting, which means that you have to manually set the screen brightness yourself. This can be annoying when going from a dark environment to outside in the sun, as you’ll have to keep adjusting the backlight. The only work around is to set it near the middle, so it wouldn’t need readjusting too often.

Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro Review
Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro Review
Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro Review
Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro Review


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posted on 12 Nov 2012, 08:51 1

1. -box- (Posts: 3782; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Thanks for the review!

One thing though, the last sentence of the review should say "throw", not "through" #corrections

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 09:13 2

2. sjtempo9x (Posts: 7; Member since: 21 Jul 2012)


the logo is so annoying =.=

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 00:58 1

3. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


IKR! Carrier logos spoils the way the phone looks! I wish i could scrap it away.... =.=

Luckily at my country carrier logos are rubber stickers which you can remove at whenever you want without damaging the phone ^_^

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 03:21

4. wellwisher23 (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


Is this phone having a Gyroscope?

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 12:58

5. apexKBC (Posts: 92; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)


Nice phone!!!!

posted on 06 Jan 2013, 02:18

6. apexKBC (Posts: 92; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)


sure abt anti-scratch coating bcuz i didnt find these words in other reviews?

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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960, Dual core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
1024 MB RAM
Size5.04 x 2.72 x 0.51 inches
(128 x 69 x 13 mm)
4.6 oz  (130 g)
Battery1850 mAh, 11 hours talk time

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