Mr Aberthon is proud to present our Samsung Rugby Pro in New Condition. This robust smartphone is unlocked to every mobile plan and compatible with all GSM networks. The phones is completely covered by the Mr Aberthon warranty.
Item number: (I547)
If you’ve looked at the Samsung Rugby series of phones, the first thing you’ll notice about the Samsung Rugby Pro is that the flip top design has gone, to be replaced by the now more familiar full touch screen design.
Also gone is the proprietary Samsung operating system of the Rugby 1 thru 4 models, with the adoption of Android and all that Google’s OS brings to the table. A front camera has been added, there’s a high capacity battery to cope with the extra demands of the Super Amoled display, a dual core processor and more in a device that weighs just 4.6oz.
But the point of the Rugby range has always been to be the toughest kid on the block right?
Well yes, and the Pro is no different. It still complies with the IP67 and Mil-STD 810 standards for dust and waterproofing, shock resistance and more. The Super Amoled display is protected by an anti-scratch touchscreen and 4G LTE with tethering options make the Rugby Pro a very serious contender indeed.
The Samsung Rugby Pro is built on the Galaxy S platform that Samsung use for all their smartphones, so you know right away that it’s going to be impressive. Impressive enough, in fact to be able to capture 1080p video at 30fps. Don’t just take our word for it, though, have a look at the truly impressive feature and specification list.
Dimensions: 5.04″ x 2.64″ x 0.5″
Display: Super Amoled 16M COLOR Touchscreen
Storage: 1GB internal. Expandable to 32GB
Camera: 5MP Rear, 1.3MP Front. LED Flash, Geo-Tagging, Face Detection. Video Capture 1080p/30fps
Connectivity: 4G GSM Quad-band: 850/900/1800/1900MHz; UMTS Tri-band: 850/1900/2100MHz; LTE
WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Hotspot
Audio: MP3/WAV, AAC
Video: MP4/WMV, H.264
Battery: 1850mAh – 11hrs Talk Time, 12 Days Standby
Other: Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, NFC
Ah, the $64,000 question (Google it, kids).
In real life, the Rugby Pro is as good as it looks on paper. The Super Amoled display is crystal clear, with excellent performance from the 5MP camera and superb video capture.
Call quality is as good as you’ll get anywhere, with incredible clarity and so few drops that you’ll wonder why all manufacturers can’t make their phones do the same things. Overall speed is impressively zippy and all the included apps just raced along both with startup and during actual usage.
The toughness is every bit as good as the Rugby 4, and you’ll soon start to realize that the screen isn’t anywhere near as fragile as you think on first look. Waterproof to 3 feet for up to 30 minutes, unlike most devices which comply to the standard, the phone will actually work underwater. Don’t go swimming though, it’s a protective feature, not a fully waterproof phone!
With access to the Google Play Store, there’s really nothing the Rugby Pro can’t do. Samsung have added their TouchWiz layer on top of Android, allowing for a customizable home screen and more. The Rugby Pro can be used as a mobile hotspot to allow family and friends to connect to the internet through your data connection and also supports VPN for those who need it.
There really are no shortcomings on the Rugby Pro when you consider that it’s designed for a very active lifestyle. It’s tough, it’s fast and it’s stylish.
It’s probably fair to say that, as the Samsung Rugby series have progressed, the models have been on a steady evolutionary path. The Rugby Pro, though, is a real game changer for fans of the phones. No flip top and a capacitative touchscreen make the Rugby Pro almost part of a different range altogether, but that unmistakable ruggedness is still the thing that sets it apart from comparable smartphones.
The previous Rugby range of phones offer an alternative to the Pro, rather than competition within the range. It’s no surprise to say that the full screen of the Pro will undoubtedly be at a higher risk of damage regardless of how tough it is in comparison to its competitors, and it’s there that might make the flip top design of the Rugby 4 (for example) a better fit for certain people.
Otherwise, the Rugby Pro really is in a different class to it’s predecessors, and isn’t embarrassed by phones costing 3 or 4 times as much. From the construction to the impressive feature list, everything about the Pro demands and deserves respect.
It isn’t just an upgrade to the Rugby 3 or 4, it’s an upgrade to many touchscreen smartphones on the market.
The Samsung Rubgy Pro uses the standard sized sim card, the furthest from the left on the diagram to the left. It is largest of the three generic sizes and the easiest to cater to if you already have the wrong sized sim card. If you have a different size sim card, you can easily purchase an adapter from amazon.com or ebay.com. The adapter will enable you to place your current, smaller sized sim card into the slot of the Standard Sized Sim Card.
The ruggedness of the Rugby Pro isn’t an afterthought as with some other designs, everything about it is well thought out and easy to use. Physical buttons, as opposed to just software-based make for a very secure and confident operation and makes the phone feel like it belongs in your hand.
The point of the previous Rugby models was that they weren’t designed to be an office in your pocket, but more than made up for it with the features they had and that they are almost freakishly strong. The Rugby Pro bridges that gap to the likes of the iPhone and other Galaxy models but, crucially, doesn’t compromise anything on the protection aspect that has made the Rugby series such a success.
It’s always suspicious when a manufacturer brings out any device with a “Pro” suffix, but Samsung got this one exactly right. Pro features, Pro performance and Pro ruggedness make this a smartphone worthy of the name.
|Dimensions||5.04 x 2.64 x 0.5 in|
AT&T, Select Prepaid GSM Supported Carriers, T-Mobile
|Android Operating System||
Android OS, v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Up to 4.5"
8 GB (5 GB user available), 1 GB RAM
480 x 800 pixels
Removable Li-Ion 1850 mAh battery
5 MP, autofocus, LED flash
|MicroSD Card Slot||
Up to 32 GB
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