Samsung Rugby Pro toughens up Android Video
Samsung Rugby Pro toughens up Android Video Transcript
I'm Jessica Dolcourt from CNET with your first look and dunk test of the Samsung Rugby Pro. This is a new phone for AT&T. It's a rugged one or as I like to call it rugged ish. It is definitely meant for sort of an outdoorsy person, maybe a contract worker, construction worker as well it's got some large buttons on the outside. It's thicker. It's got some grippable sides here and some flaps to cover all the ports. So those are some of the things that you would definitely see in a more durable device. It also has a screw on the back to keep the back panel firmly in place so that you're not going to get water, dust, and humidity and all sorts of elements, whole things that you wouldn't want creeping into the back of your phone where the battery, the sim card and the memory slot are. But the reason I called it rugged ish is because in one of my drop tests where I actually kind of used a little bit of force and dropped it from just about waist level on to the ground. Some of the back panel did pop off. Not the part that was screwed in, but the rest of it. Also, it doesn't seem like there's as much rubber casing around it. The screen is in its recessed as I would expect for a device of this type. So, it is going to be more durable than your average other phone. It also comes in an excellent price $99 after a new 2-year service agreement. What does it have? It has Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich running on here. It's got a 4-inch display, very lovely, nice contrast, nice color. It's got everything that comes with Android. You've got Google maps navigation. You've got other Google services like YouTube on it. You can sign on to multiple accounts and it's got Android Touchwiz interface, which really adds a lot too. There's NFC on her so you'll be able to share content like you are else, photos and videos by tapping 2 NFC-capable phones together. That's using Samsung's S beam modification of Android beam. There is also a 5-megapixel camera on the back with flash and takes video in 1080p HD. There's a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front so you will be able to video chat. Another interesting feature that this has is a convenience button on the side. I love this because it's programable and that means that you can program your camera app to it. You can program it to trigger the dialer or pretty much any app. In November, AT&T is going to launch Enhanced Push-to-Talk. And so in the future if you do wanna use this as a Push-to-Talk phone you can program Push-to-Talk with the convenience key. Another benefit of this phone is that during my tests it exhibited excellent call quality. So that is definitely a bonus. If you're not using Push-to-Talk, you can communicate the usual way. Now the Rugby pro is waterproof for up to 8-meter in depth for up to 30 minutes. And of course, we're gonna test that out. One, two, three splash. Oh, it's kind of pretty hard, but I can definitely see the screen. I'm gonna call from this phone here. And there we go accepting a call underwater. Here we go. Phone is completely unscathed. So, here it is a little bit wet, but no worse for the wear. I'm Jessica Dolcourt from CNET and this is your first look at the Samsung Rugby Pro for AT&T.
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Samsung Rugby Pro (AT&T) Review
The good: Samsung's Rugby Pro has stellar call quality, push-to-talk support, NFC, a speedy processor, and a decent 5-megapixel camera.
The bad: It doesn't look or feel all that durable, and the back panel popped open when I threw the handset.
The bottom line: Samsung's Rugby Pro makes a good, affordable choice for people seeking a more rugged smartphone, but it won't satisfy those who need an ultradurable frame.
Samsung Rugby Pro (AT&T) Specs
Part number: SGH-i547
- Product Basic Spec