x PhoneArena is hiring! Reviewer in the USA

Samsung Rugby Smart Review

Samsung Rugby Smart

Posted: , by John V.



Samsung Rugby Smart Review
Sadly, our ears tells us that the calling quality of the Samsung Rugby Smart is not all that inviting due to the heavy presence of muffled voices heard through its earpiece – albeit, our callers didn’t have any issues on their end. Switching over to the speakerphone, things don’t get any better, as it’s plagued by the same muffled tones as before.

Carrying it around to various locales in the greater Philadelphia area, we didn’t experience any dropped calls or major fluctuations with its signal strength.

Packing a 1,650 mAh within its body, we’re humbled by the one-day of normal usage we’re able to get out of a fully charged battery, which is indicative of being an average performer in our books. For the chatty ones out there, it’s worth noting that it lives up to its rating by providing us 500 minutes of continuous talk time on a single charge.


AT&T customers should be relieved to know that they now have a respectable rugged smartphone solution thanks to the Samsung Rugby Smart, and when you factor in its $100 on-contract price and set of features, it does offer quite a punch for the value. Needless to say, not only does it stand out for being impervious to most punishment, but it’s also one of the few to be waterproof as well – and that’s something we don’t typically see! Beyond its tough personality, we’re surprised to find the Samsung Rugby Smart fitted with a Super AMOLED display, which isn’t something that’s akin to rugged style devices as a whole. Rather than luring people away from top-shelf smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy Note LTE, the Rugby Smart is instead a handset for those individuals that want a well-rounded smartphone with the advantages of having a tough shell to survive the elements – and our clumsy actions.

Android Version: 2.3.6
Build Number: UCLA4
Kernel Version:

Samsung Rugby Smart Video Review:


  • Ruggedness and waterproof
  • Packs a Super AMOLED display
  • Decent $100 price


  • Muffled calling quality
  • Cramped on-screen keyboards
  • Paltry 2GB of memory
PhoneArena rating:
User rating:
81 Reviews

  • Options

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 10:43 1

1. steelicon (Posts: 318; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)

Probably won't work as 3G/HSDPA/UMTS in Philippines since it doesn't seem to have 2100 UMTS?

... and of course the de facto question ... "Will it blend?" ^_^

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 14:49 1

2. Jyakotu (Posts: 854; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)

Phone Arena, I think it's time you guys STOP being shocked that most new Android smartphones released to carriers in the US don't have ICS.

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 11:41

3. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

2gb isnt all that paltry considering the fact its a low-middle level device.....

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 21:03

4. gragonHDfones (unregistered)

um uglynuff??????? this looks more like a metro phone but uglier and better specs.....thats smart.....

posted on 15 Apr 2012, 05:25

6. punitsingh (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Apr 2012)

I want to buy this Samsung Rugby Smart phone (for GSM usage). Any idea as to how long I will have to wait to get this phone here in India? any suggestions for other sets?

Want to comment? Please login or register.

PhoneArena rating:
Display3.7 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (252 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
Single core, 1400 MHz
0.5 GB RAM
Size4.82 x 2.59 x 0.48 inches
(122.4 x 65.9 x 12.19 mm)
4.20 oz  (119 g)
Battery1650 mAh, 8 hours talk time

Latest stories