Interface and Functionality:
We’re pleased to see that this time around the Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro comes running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, and layered over it is the familiar Samsung TouchWiz user interface, similar to what we’ve seen on the Samsung Galaxy S III. You are still presented with the 7 home screen experience, with 5 static quick-launch icons on the bottom, horizontal scrolling app drawer, and a variety of TouchWiz widgets. Even though it is easy to use and allows for some personalization, it doesn’t have any type of themes, like what we’ve seen on HTC smartphones with their Sense UI.
With the larger 4” display, typing with the on-screen keyboard is a breeze
. Even though the Swype keyboard is missing, the Samsung keyboard does allow for entering text the same way – by gliding your finger across the screen from one letter to the next.
There’s nothing new with the device’s core set of organizer apps, but that doesn’t stop us from being content by it. For example, it offers the same E-Mail and Gmail experience found with all other Android smartphones – so yeah, it’s good enough for most things without too much complications.
As with other smartphones on AT&T’s lineup, it’s stacked to the roof with the normal set of preloaded apps – though the carrier makes sure its presence is known. Specifically, we find AT&T Code Scanner, AT&T FamilyMap, AT&T Navigator, AT&T Locker for Cloud Storage, AT&T Smart Wi-Fi, AT&T U-Verse Live TV, and myAT&T account manager. As for other third party apps, they consist of AllShare Play, Amazon Kindle, INRIX Traffic, Qik Lite, YPmobile, and Polaris Viewer to open Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat files.
Processor and Memory:
One main improvement over the Samsung Rugby Smart and its 1.4GHz single-core processor is that the Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro comes with a faster 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, as well as 1GB of RAM instead of only 512MB. This means the device has plenty of power to handle pretty much any app you can through at it, and doesn’t feel sluggish at all when multitasking or moving through the home screens and app drawer. Though, it is not a speed demon like the newest set of smartphones with quad-core processors.
|Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro
|Samsung Galaxy S III
|LG Optimus G AT&T
|HTC One X+
The internal storage also gets a nice increase to 8GB, though there is only 5GB available to the user out-of-the-box. If this is not enough, you can always add a microSD memory card for up to 32GB of additional storage.
Internet and Connectivity:
With 4G LTE on board, as well has HSPA+, you’re pretty much covered when it comes to 4G data connections. We’re overall impressed by the web browsing performance of the smartphone, since it’s able to exhibit the responsiveness of some high-end devices. Specifically, pinch-to-zoom and kinetic scrolling are accompanied with smooth movements that don’t stutter even with Flash content. To sum it up, even though this is mid-range device, its web functions performs quite well.
When testing out AT&T’s 4G LTE in our area of South FL, the Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro with the SpeedTest.net app was able to accomplish between 6.75-26.79Mbps downloads and between 1.09-7.46Mbps uploads, depending on the location and time of day. If you are not in a 4G LTE area, the device can use HSPA+, or even EDGE if need be. It is also able to work with variety of GSM networks, including quad-band 850/900/1800/1900MHz and UMTS tri-band 850/1900/2100MHz.