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Review: Samsung Rugby Smart for AT&T

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The Rugby is not as chock-full with bloatware as other offerings from AT&T, but it has plenty of apps on board. Some of the AT&T stuff includes Code Scanner, FamilyMap, Navigator, Live TV, myAT&T, and the Yellow Pages. Samsung's Media and Social Hubs are accounted for, as are Kies Air and a handful of others. Some of these apps can be deleted, some cannot. Even with all this stuff taking up space, there's an additional 2.6GB of memory available to the user.


I was able to connect the Rugby to Bluetooth headsets, phones, tablets, and PCs with no problem. Voice calls routed via Bluetooth to my car's speaker system sounded terrible. The quality was downright miserable. Music sent to a set of Bluetooth speakers fared much better.


The clock is visible on the lock screen in large, white numbers at the bottom. You have to be careful with your wallpaper, as light-colored backgrounds make the clock really hard to see. Choose a darker wallpaper if you really want to be able to tell the time at a quick glance.


AT&T Navigator and Google Maps are both available on the Rugby. They both work well at general mapping tasks, such as routing directions and searching for nearby point of interest. The AT&T Navigator app costs $10 to use per month, while Google Maps is free.


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