Summary: The Rugby Smart may not be the tough, work-horse phone that Samsung says it is, but it's durable enough to handle some drops and water spills. If you need an extra-durable phone, I would look elsewhere. But if you simply have a hectic life and you are a little rough on your phone, the Rugby Smart is a great option because of its rugged design and good performance. Not only that, but the price is great, too.
Summary: Consumers searching for a rough-and-tumble smartphone will like the Samsung Rugby Smart. For $99, users get a device that can withstand being submerged in water and all sorts of other abuse. What you don't get is AT&T's faster 4G LTE speeds, which the Pantech Burst offers for $50 less. And for the same price as the Rugby, shoppers can go home with the Samsung Galaxy SII, which offers a larger and brighter display and stronger performance.
Pros: Rugged, waterproof design, Strong performance and graphics, Good battery life, Useful apps
Cons: A tad bulky, No 4G LTE, Relatively dim display
Conclusion: There is a lot to like in the Samsung Rugby Smart. The smartphone is tough, yet extremely pocketable. Its Super AMOLED screen is perfect for outdoor activities, and the battery performs really well. On the software side of things, there are no complaints either. TouchWiz 4.0 provides one of the best Android Gingerbread experiences around. Sadly, we can't tell you if Ice Cream Sandwich will make it to the device though.
Cons: Not exactly a looker, Hardware is not exactly at the cutting edge, No dedicated camera button
Summary: The Samsung Rugby Smart can take plenty of punches, without skimping on the smartphone features. Unlike other rugged phones, it's easy on the eyes and it can run on 4G.
Pros: The Samsung Rugby Smart's rugged but slim design can withstand a dunking and a slam against the wall. Its camera comes with many features, and images and videos look great on the Super AMOLED screen.
Cons: The Rugby Smart's voice quality is a little muffled and the camera's autofocus feature isn't the fastest.
Conclusion: Again I'm not entirely sure why you'd want to purchase this device when you've got the Galaxy S II available to you for the same price. The only reason why you'd want this device instead is the hardcore resistance, and when it comes down to it - toss any device down a mountain and it'll break in two.
Conclusion: 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!
Pros: Ruggedness and waterproof, Packs a Super AMOLED display, Decent $100 price