AT&T Announces Samsung Rugby Smart: A Ruggedized Android Phone with 4G

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We certainly see a fair share of ruggedized laptops, but Samsung wants to make sure the handset in your pocket is well protected, too. Today AT&T announced the Rugby Smart, an Android 2.3-powered smartphone that's engineered to withstand extreme temperatures, dust and submersion in up to 1 meter of water.

The Rugby Smart will be available for $99.99 starting on March 4th, and while the phone runs the slightly outdated Android Gingerbread, it runs on AT&T's 4G network. Other choice specs include a full QWERTY keyboard, a 3.7-inch Super AMOLED display and a 5-megapixel camera with an integrated flashlight.

Samsung backs up the Rugby Smart's tough-guy pedigree with this durability test video. Check it out and tell us if the rugged benefits make it worth the older Android OS.

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  • Adrian Cartier Says:

    I do love this feature. However, my question is this, why is the phone first limited to only 1 meter of water and second not able to utilise the newest version of the Android OS? It seems to me that the hardware is what should govern the ruggedness of the phone not the software. Unless the hardware they are using internally doesn't run on the new OS I don't see what the issue is. Also, in this video it seems a bit curious to me that they don't show the phone completely submerge underwater. Will the phone completely handle full submersion? If yes, then this would make a good phone for boat outings.

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