Review: Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro for AT&T
As far as rugged smartphones go, the Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro is a fine device. Nearly every feature works well, though there are a few notable exceptions.
The hardware is pleasantly functional and easy to use. It looks decent and doesn't come off like a brick. You probably can't run over it with a tank, but it is tough enough to survive a fair amount of abuse. The screen is decent, the performance on AT&T's network is excellent, and the battery life should be enough for most people.
The software, user interface, and most applications work flawlessly. Samsung has done a good job of refining TouchWiz over the years and the Rugby Pro offers a flexible platform for customizing its behavior.
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The real failing of the Rugby Pro is not the awkward ePTT software, but the poor volume of the speakers. I tested two separate devices, so I can't write the problem off as something specific to my review unit. If there's one thing a PTT device needs to deliver, it's Judas Priest-like volume from both the earpiece and speakerphone. The Rugby Pro is simply not loud enough.
The Samsung Rugby Pro is a rugged Android smartphone and the Galaxy Express is a smaller brother to the Galaxy S III. Read on for Phone Scoop's first impressions.
Sep 28, 2012
Samsung and AT&T today announced the Galaxy Express and Galaxy Rugby Pro Android smartphones. Shared features of these two devices include Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, LTE 4G, and 5-megapixel cameras with video capture.
Jan 15, 2013
AT&T and Samsung have made the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update available to the Galaxy Rugby Pro. The update is being pushed out over the air in phases, but can also be installed via Samsung's Kies software.
Nov 26, 2012
Apple has filed a request with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in an attempt to add six more Samsung devices to an existing lawsuit against the Korean company.
Oct 19, 2012
AT&T announced that the Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro wil be available online and in stores starting October 21. The device, which is a ruggedized Android smartphone with a 4-inch display, 5-megapixel camera, and PTT, costs $99.99 with a new contract.