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Samsung Rugby Smart Review

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Interface and Functionality:

Hardly anything new in the software department, since it’s essentially the same rehashed TouchWiz experience, we’re not totally shocked to find it running Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread out of the box. Yes, we know that it’s mind-boggling to not see this one with Ice Cream Sandwich, but nonetheless, that’s just the way it is and we simply have to accept that. Underneath all of the fancy TouchWiz widgets, the Samsung Rugby Smart still offers the same deep level of personalization attached with Android as a whole – and for that, we’re gladly accepting of it all.

The phone runs essentially the same TouchWiz experience on top of the Android 2.3.6 OS - Samsung Rugby Smart Review
The phone runs essentially the same TouchWiz experience on top of the Android 2.3.6 OS - Samsung Rugby Smart Review
The phone runs essentially the same TouchWiz experience on top of the Android 2.3.6 OS - Samsung Rugby Smart Review
The phone runs essentially the same TouchWiz experience on top of the Android 2.3.6 OS - Samsung Rugby Smart Review

The phone runs essentially the same TouchWiz experience on top of the Android 2.3.6 OS



No doubt spoiled by some handsets with super large displays, our fingers struggle to type out long messages on the Samsung Rugby Smart and its cramped on-screen keyboards. Even though it maintains a decent responsive rate in registering the touch of our thumbs, its layout is simply too cramped to comfortably type with minimal mistakes.

Samsung Rugby Smart Review
Samsung Rugby Smart Review
Samsung Rugby Smart Review
Samsung Rugby Smart Review
The on-screen keyboards of the Rugby Smart feels cramped
The on-screen keyboards of the Rugby Smart feels cramped
The on-screen keyboards of the Rugby Smart feels cramped

The on-screen keyboards of the Rugby Smart feels cramped" 



Well folks, there’s nothing new with its core set of organizer apps, but that doesn’t stop us from being content by it all. For example, it offers the same lovable Gmail experience found with all other Android smartphones – so yeah, it’s good enough for most things without too much complications.

Samsung Rugby Smart Review
Samsung Rugby Smart Review
Samsung Rugby Smart Review
Samsung Rugby Smart Review
There is nothing new with the core organizer applications - Samsung Rugby Smart Review
There is nothing new with the core organizer applications - Samsung Rugby Smart Review
The Gmail app - There is nothing new with the core organizer applications - Samsung Rugby Smart Review
There is nothing new with the core organizer applications - Samsung Rugby Smart Review
  

The Gmail app

 

There is nothing new with the core organizer applications



Similar to any other smartphones on AT&T’s lineup, it’s stacked to the roof with the normal set of preloaded third party apps – though, AT&T makes sure to make its presence known. Specifically, we find AT&T Code Scanner, AT&T FamilyMap, AT&T Navigator, Featured Apps, and myAT&T. As for those third party apps, they consist of AllShare, Amazon Kindle, Qik Lite, Quickoffice, and YPmobile.


Processor and Memory:

Previously, mid-range devices were mostly sporting 1GHz single-core processors, but with this, Samsung increases the ante by outfitting it with a 1.4GHz single-core CPU with 512MB of RAM. Naturally, it’s able to handle most basic tasks with ease, but we do notice some sluggishness popping up every now and then. In fact, it’s most prevalent when running a graphically intensive live wallpaper, where it exudes huge bouts of choppiness and lag with its operation. Well, it doesn’t particularly hinder its overall usability, but rather, it’s merely a visual nuisance that softens its performance.

If you’re big into multimedia, then you’ll want to invest in a microSD card of some size because its internal memory breaks down to 1.65GB of free USB space and another 0.91GB reserved for apps.


Internet and Connectivity:

Tagged as being a “4G” smartphone, it actually boasts HSPA+ connections as opposed to the speedier and more favorable LTE, but it’s hardly a surprise. In any event, we’re deeply impressed by the web browsing performance of the handset, since it’s able to exhibit the responsiveness of some high-end devices. Specifically, pinch zooming and kinetic scrolling are accompanied with buttery smooth movements that don’t stutter even in the presence of heavy Flash content. To sum it up, it’s obviously a mid-range device, but performs handsomely as if it were a top-shelf one.

Travelling abroad with the Samsung Rugby Smart doesn’t pose any problems since it’s compatible to work with nearly all GSM networks – plus, it’ll retain HSPA+ speeds in most locales as well. Rounding out its connectivity options, it also features aGPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and mobile hotspot functionality.

The browser runs smoothly and doesn't stutter even with heavy Flash content - Samsung Rugby Smart Review
The browser runs smoothly and doesn't stutter even with heavy Flash content - Samsung Rugby Smart Review
The browser runs smoothly and doesn't stutter even with heavy Flash content - Samsung Rugby Smart Review
The browser runs smoothly and doesn't stutter even with heavy Flash content - Samsung Rugby Smart Review

The browser runs smoothly and doesn't stutter even with heavy Flash content




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posted on 02 Mar 2012, 10:43 1

1. steelicon (Posts: 309; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)


Probably won't work as 3G/HSDPA/UMTS in Philippines since it doesn't seem to have 2100 UMTS?

... and of course the de facto question ... "Will it blend?" ^_^

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 14:49 1

2. Jyakotu (Posts: 817; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Phone Arena, I think it's time you guys STOP being shocked that most new Android smartphones released to carriers in the US don't have ICS.

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 11:41

3. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


2gb isnt all that paltry considering the fact its a low-middle level device.....

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 21:03

4. gragonHDfones (unregistered)


um uglynuff??????? this looks more like a metro phone but uglier and better specs.....thats smart.....

posted on 15 Apr 2012, 05:25

6. punitsingh (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Apr 2012)


I want to buy this Samsung Rugby Smart phone (for GSM usage). Any idea as to how long I will have to wait to get this phone here in India? any suggestions for other sets?

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Display3.7 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (252 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 1400 MHz
512 MB RAM
Size4.82 x 2.59 x 0.48 inches
(122.4 x 65.9 x 12.19 mm)
4.20 oz  (119 g)
Battery1650 mAh, 8 hours talk time

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