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Samsung Rugby III Review

Samsung Rugby III

Posted: , by Brian K.


Call Quality and Battery:

Samsung Rugby III Review
Callers were overall happy with the Rugby III’s performance, saying we sounded hollow, but were generally clear and ultimately rating it 8.5/10. On our end the speaker was a bit fuzzy, with noticeable distortion at as the volume got louder, but we didn’t have any issues understanding callers. Speakerphone performance was quite good, with no distortion even at the highest levels. The battery is rated for 9 hours of talk time, a significant improvement over the Rugby II’s 3 hour rating.


The Samsung Rugby III isn’t a sleek phone, nor is it a smart phone. It is intended to be a big, rugged device that can withstand rough environments. While it performed as expected as a phone, it unfortunately was not able to meet the advertised certifications. The only reason you buy a phone like the Rugby III is because you’re hard on them, and it doesn’t seem like the phone can stand up to that kind of punishment.

Samsung Rugby III Video Review:


  • Good speakerphone
  • Improved battery life


  • Hard, plastic case is not conducive to a ruggedized device
  • Our unit was not able to survive the water submersion test
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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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PhoneArena rating:
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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