Samsung Rugby III Review

Call Quality and Battery:

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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