Call quality is generally good with the Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro, as voices on our end sounded clear and natural, but turning the volume up past medium presented some buzzing/rattling sound in the earpiece speaker – which we also heard while using the rear speakerphone at high volumes. Even though people that we called said that we sounded natural on their end, they could tell we were using a cell phone.
The signal quality was also good, as we didn’t drop any calls, and 4G LTE data remained connected in our area with a signal of -89dBm.
With all of this, it is unfortunate that the device is limited to a mediocre 1850mAh battery, which was only able to provide us up to 8 hours of talk time, or about 16 hours of mixed usage on a single charge.
When it comes right down to it, the Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro has a lot to offer, especially since it carries a reasonable $100 on-contract price. Its design and construction make it ideal for those individuals that need or require a rugged smartphone that can withstand more than the average abuse, and can keep out Mother Nature. Combined with the 4” Super AMOLED display and dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, it can also conquer pretty much any task you can throw at it.
Software of reviewed unit:
Baseband version I547UCLI3
Build number: IMM76D.I547UCALI3