Samsung Rugby Smart I847 review: Rugged Android

posted at 06 April 2012 by Dan

The Samsung Rugby was initially launched as AT&T’s first rugged device with push-to-talk capabilities, while its successor, the Samsung Rugby II, was released almost two years ago. Now, the latest member of the “Rugby” family, the Samsung Rugby Smart, comes with all the “goodies” of a modern smartphone but it also keeps some ruggedness to survive minor accidents.

Samsung Rugby Smart Review

What is in the box:
- the Samsung Rugby Smart I847 phone
- microUSB cable
- Wall Charger
- User Guidea
- Warranty papers

You can’t really expect a rugged phone to be fashionable or good looking, and this is exactly the very case of the Rugby Smart, which typically sports rubber sides, textured back plastic cover, as well as a lock mechanism for its back cover. The phone meets military standard 810F for protection against dust, humidity, rain, shock, and temperature, being also waterproof up to 1 meter under water for 30 minutes.

Samsung Rugby Smart front view

The volume rocker and power button are made of tough plastic but manage to offer a good response and feel, while its 3.5mm headset jack and microUSB port are well protected due to plastic covers.

You will experience almost no accidental presses with this one as it employs rectangular sized physical Android buttons. Fortunately, the Rugby Smart offers all the required features of a smartphone, including a 1.3-megapixels front-facing camera.

Samsung Rugby Smart side buttons

The 5-megapixels autofocus camera with LED flash is placed in the middle towards the top edge of the phone’s back, and if you move its lock mechanism to remove the rear cover, you will have access to its 1,650 mAh battery, and underneath it, to its SIM card and microSD card slots.

Although it is considered a mid-range smartphone, the Smart packs a generous 3.7-inch WVGA (480 x 800) Super AMOLED display with good details, sharp colors, wide viewing angles as well as good outdoor visibility.

Samsung Rugby Smart back side view