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Samsung Rugby III Review

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Software, Connectivity and Camera

As a basic device, the Samsung Rugby III runs the same simple UI found on other AT&T devices. It employs the simple 3x4 grid menu, with soft key options throughout. It runs fairly quickly, but then again doesn’t have any fancy features to slow it down. Our main gripe is that, from the homescreen, the middle key on the d-pad launches the web and not the menu. The other four keys are customizable, but not that. There are dedicated keys for AT&T Navigator and a quick menu, and the # will toggle the Silent profile when long-pressed.

Like the Rugby II, the Rugby III allows for call, messaging, IM and Address Book restrictions. This is handy for businesses looking to deploy fleet phones, since they can ensure that the phones be used only for business purposes.

The Rugby III is quad-band GSM and tri-band UMTS world phone. Despite AT&T’s claims that it offers “walkie-talkie-like instant voice communication on ultrafast 4G/4G LTE network,” the Rugby III actually operates only on their 3G and 2G networks. With a WAP browser data speeds won’t matter too much since you won’t be loading any complex web pages or watching streaming videos, which isn’t really what the Rugby III is about. The Rugby III supports GPS and Bluetooth 2.1.

The camera has been bumped from 2 megapixels to 3, which is also capable of 320x340 videos. Results with both are predictably bad, but like the browser the camera isn’t what this phone is about.

Sample images taken with the Samsung Rugby III - Samsung Rugby III Review
Sample images taken with the Samsung Rugby III - Samsung Rugby III Review
Strong indoor light - Sample images taken with the Samsung Rugby III - Samsung Rugby III Review
Medium light - Sample images taken with the Samsung Rugby III - Samsung Rugby III Review

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Sample images taken with the Samsung Rugby III

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posted on 14 Jan 2013, 08:26

1. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1237; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)

If you're gonna buy a phone like this, you're better off just buying one that came out in 2007 from ebay. Back then companies at least tried to make a decent flip phone; rugged or not.

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 15:07

2. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

Ouch.... but who's brian k?

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 01:52

3. pliskin1 (Posts: 59; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)

Granted it failed the water test, but 3/10 is harsh.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 09:49 2

4. ZayZay (Posts: 571; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)

C'mon PA, where is your Samsung Rugby III vs. iPhone 5 article?

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 04:56

5. sunflowerjane (Posts: 3; Member since: 27 Jan 2013)

I love this mini cellphone.

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 03:49

6. zorba (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Dec 2013)

Before you get the rugby take it for a test drive... have long been a proponent of renting cars for a week or two before buying .... phones should be the same with two year contracts etc...
Rugby is tough however... using same small usb type port for earpones/mic and charger means that it is hard to connect in dark while driving... and sooner rather then later pins will break... this is a small connector. I am not big on blue tooth but if you are that will help. I had a seven year old nokia flip and I believe that it had a better software pkg and hardware design by factor of 10. Example.... to space between words on the nokia (this applies only to right handed people which most of us are.... the space key on the nokia was bottom key on far left so easy to reach thumb over to space... on Rugby space key is one on bottom but furthest on right.... try seeing how uncomfortable that is for a righty... Picky maybe but not if you need to text often due to disability... one more back key is right below arrow down key and unless you have finger sizes of tinker bell you are going to hit that back key often and any longer then a second or less and you have lost your entire message.

Just my two cents

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Display2.4 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (167 ppi)
Camera3 megapixels
STE PNX6809L, Single core, 468 MHz
0.1 GB RAM
Size4.1 x 2.1 x 0.8 inches
(104 x 53 x 20 mm)
4.7 oz  (133 g)
Battery1300 mAh, 9 hours talk time

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