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Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro Review

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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.

The Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro uses the familiar TouchWiz UI - Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro Review
The Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro uses the familiar TouchWiz UI - Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro Review
The Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro uses the familiar TouchWiz UI - Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro Review
The Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro uses the familiar TouchWiz UI - Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro Review

The Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro uses the familiar TouchWiz UI



Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro Review
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.

E-mail and calendar - Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro Review
E-mail and calendar - Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro Review
E-mail and calendar - Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro Review
E-mail and calendar - Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro Review

E-mail and calendar



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.

Preloaded AT&T Apps - Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro Review
Preloaded AT&T Apps - Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro Review
Preloaded AT&T Apps - Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro Review
Preloaded AT&T Apps - Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro Review
Preloaded AT&T Apps - Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro Review
Preloaded AT&T Apps - Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro Review
Preloaded AT&T Apps - Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro Review
Preloaded AT&T Apps - Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro Review

Preloaded AT&T Apps



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.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro 4855 6730 60,5
Samsung Galaxy S III 5022 6831 58,7
LG Optimus G AT&T 7669 11245 60,1
HTC One X+ 7244 13439 56,7

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.

Browsing the web on the Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro - Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro Review
Browsing the web on the Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro - Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro Review
Browsing the web on the Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro - Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro Review
Browsing the web on the Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro - Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro Review

Browsing the web on the Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro


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.

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posted on 12 Nov 2012, 08:51 1

1. -box- (Posts: 3863; 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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