Review: Samsung Rugby Smart for AT&T
The Rugby runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread with the current skin from Samsung on top. There are seven home screen panels that can be stuffed with apps, shortcuts, or widgets. The main app menu is laid out in an alphabetical grid, but it can be switched to a list view or a customizable grid.
The lock screen offers shortcuts to missed calls and text messages. They'll appear as a notification near the top of the lock screen. Instead of swiping from the bottom to the top (which is how you would normally unlock the Rugby), put your finger on the notification alert and swipe it off the screen. That will take you to the call log or the messaging app instead of to the home screen. I wish there were permanent lock screen shortcuts to the camera and other apps, but at least these offer quick access to vital communications.
Beyond these, the Rugby acts as any other Android smartphone would.
AD article continues below...
Performance of the device was great. It was speedy throughout the user interface, and I didn't see any hiccups or problems. The home screen panels fly past as you swipe through them, and apps open quickly.
Samsung Brings Android to Rugby Line
Samsung today announced the Rugby Smart for AT&T. Like previous Rugby phones, this model is rugged, including being waterproof for up to 30 minutes under three feet of water.
Review: Samsung Galaxy S7 Active for AT&T
Samsung's latest semi-rugged smartphone for AT&T dials back the good looks of the Galaxy S7 in favor of a stronger, studier frame. The S7 Active is tough enough to take a tumble without the brick-like bulk of some fully rugged handsets.
Hands On with Kyocera DuraForce Pro
Kyocera's flagship rugged smartphone is the DuraForce Pro. This is one tough handset that combines brawn and brains into a compelling, water-and-drop-proof package.
Review: Samsung Galaxy J7 V for Verizon Wireless
This mid-range Android handset is a throwback to Samsung's heritage line of smartphones. It offers a big screen and an even bigger battery wrapped up in a plastic shell.
Review: Kyocera DuraXV LTE for Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless customers who need a crazy tough handset that not only braves, but conquers, the elements need look no further than the Kyocera DuraXV LTE. This rugged flip phone may offer a limited set of features, but it delivers excellent performance across core tools.