Quick Review: Samsung Rugby Smart

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The Rugby Smart is the newest phone in Samsung’s very popular line of Rugby devices. Previous Rugby phones have been known for their durability and rugged design and the new Rugby Smart continues that tradition.

The Rugby Smart is dust-proof, can be submerged in up to 1m of water for 30 minutes, can be dropped from 12+ feet, and can withstand extreme temperatures from -60°F to +160°F. Oh yeah, and it runs on AT&T’s blazing fast 4G network. f

With a 1.4 GHZ processor, 5.0 Megapixel camera with 720p HD Recording capabilities, 3.7 inch Super AMOLED Display, and running on Android’s Gingerbread software, the Rugby Smart is not a phone to be messed with in the spec department.

Can this phone really withstand all the elements AT&T and Samsung are advertising? How does it compare to it’s Rugby predecessors? All of this and more in my review of the Samsung Rugby Smart.


  • Design – Samsung did an excellent job designing the Rugby Smart – rugged and durable, but sleek and sophisticated enough to be used at a business meeting or presentation. Samsung also added a screw lock on the battery cover to provide added protection of the battery, SIM card and other internal components.
  • Hardware – The Rugby Smart is no slouch in the hardware department. With a blazing fast 1.4 GHZ processor, 5.0 Megapixel camera with HD Video Recording, 3.7 inch Super AMOLED Display, 32 GB of memory, running on Android’s Gingerbread OS, and 4G Speeds, the Rugby Smart makes a huge leap forward from it’s older relatives.
  • Camera – For a waterproof camera, the 5.0 Megapixel camera on the Samsung Rugby Smart is very good. No over saturating of colors here. See some of my sample pictures below.
  • MIL-STD 810F Military Standard Specifications – My contact at AT&T challenged me to torture the Rugby Smart, and despite all of my efforts, I sent her back a working phone! Bottom line, the Rugby Smart was dropped, drowned, buried, and more… and it still worked. That is really amazing.


  • Battery – The 1650 mAh might get a light to moderate user through the day, but for a person who is on their phone non-stop, making calls, sending emails, looking at websites, and downloading apps, I would recommend you keep a charger or spare battery nearby. For an example, I turned the phone on at 8:00 AM and I would normally get to around 2:00 PM when the phone would notify me that the battery was at 10%.


The Rugby Smart is a pretty impressive device – for the right person. The screen, camera, and internals are very high-end, but the battery is lacking.

If you’re a construction worker, frequent hiker or sports enthusiast, or a person that loves rugged devices, then the Rugby Smart should be right up your alley. It functions well and is indeed resistant to the elements that AT&T and Samsung advertise. It’s just not for hardcore Android fans who need the fastest, newest, phone. You can read more about and purchase the AT&T Samsung Rugby Smart for $99 on AT&T’s website.

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