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: 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
Excerpt: Looking for a serious, rugged smartphone? Take a look at the Samsung Rugby Smart . Apart from sporting a more mainstream look than most rugged handsets, it actually runs a smart OS in the form of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. That alone makes it an interesting option among the half a dozen or so other rugged phone alternatives. And if you’re an AT&T subscriber, it’s one of your best smart and rugged options.
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.