Earlier this month, I highlighted Casio’s G’zOne TYPE-L Military Standard Ruggedized Android Smartphone here whose main selling point will be resistance to scratches, dropping and other potential dangers to a phone’s health such as dust, moisture and water. I wrote about how the phone would win over a group of users who want a mid-range android phone that can take abuse better than what is already in the market and how it was the only one of that kind at the time.
Well, now, I am happy to know that the Samsung Rugby Pro, which is available on AT&T, is also designed for the clumsy and for those who like to hike and ride dirt bikes with their phones in their pockets. The Rugby Pro is a tough phone designed to withstand general rigors of daily use and other destructive elements. Note though that this doesn’t mean you can run over it with your car and expect it to keep working; it is may not be that durable.
Compared to other smartphones, the Rugby pro is a little thicker and looks sturdier than most other phones Samsung have released of late, but for a good reason. It is still a very attractive handset though and one may not tell that it is actually rugged in design and build quality from the first look. Other phones with similar screen sizes and features are certainly thinner than this but it certainly is not a phone you would be embarrassed to pull out in public.
Samsung put a lot of emphasis on the build quality of the Rugby pro. Its sturdiness and thickness does not reflect in its weight though as it weighs only 159 g (4.6 oz). but measures 128 x 67 x 12.7 mm (5.04 x 2.64 x 0.5 inches). I haven’t seen any disassembly of the phone to know just how thick the casing is or what protective material it is padded with but it has to be a strong yet light material. The phone is MIL-STD-810G certified and is supposed to resist moisture, dust, salt, shock, vibration, water and other potentially harmful elements.
The Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro may pass as a high end phone based on its specs which include a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor with an Adreno 305 GPU, a 4 inch WVGA Super AMOLED screen and 1 GB RAM. Most rugged phones often come with pitifully low end specs, but this one targets users who need power but still want a device that is durable enough for outdoor use.
The screen has a resolution of 480 x 800 and supports up to 16 million colors, there is 8 GB of onboard memory of which 5 GB is available for the user to store music, videos and pictures and other personal files and a microSD card slot that allows for external memory expansion up to 32 GB. The memory card slot though is hidden under the memory cover, which is a little different from the tradition slot on the side but I think it is because having holes on the side could allow dust, moisture and water into the device.
The phone packs two cameras; a front 1.3 megapixels camera for video calls and a rear 5 megapixels camera that can take 1080p high definition videos. Like all other smartphones, Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro supports 2G GSM and 3G HSDPA networks as well as 4G LTE. It uses a mini-SIM card and supports other connectivity capabilities including Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB, WiFi, NFC and GPS.
Processor: 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960 Krait with Adreno 305 GPU
Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Memory: 1 GB RAM, 8 GB Onboard memory, with microSD card slot up to 32GB
Display: 4.0 inch 480 x 800 pixels Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with ~233 ppi pixel density
Cameras: 1.3 megapixel front and 5 megapixel rear cameras
Connectivity: GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, HSDPA, HSUPA, LTE, Wi-Fi, NFC, microUSB
Battery: 1850 mAh