Samsung Rugby III Review

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.

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