Samsung Rugby III

AKA: Samsung SGH-A997, Samsung Rugby 3

Available at: Bell, MTS, SaskTel, Telus Rogers

4.2/10 AVG.
RATING
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The Samsung Rugby 3 has a terrifically responsive dial pad and enhanced push-to-talk support.

- Jessica Dolcourt , Cnet 
Cnet

Reviews summary

4.2/10AVG.
RATING

Based on 6 reviews

What's good

  • Good speakerphone
  • Long battery life

What's bad

  • Poor call quality
  • Questionable durability (unable to survive independent water test)

The Samsung Rugby 111 is a flip phone with an internal and external display, alpha-numeric keypad with large keys, and a battery rated for up to 9 hours of talk time. It features push-to- talk for walkie-talkie-esque capabilities, a speakerphone, microSD and a 3.5mm jack. The external display shows date, day, time, battery remaining indicator, etc., and rests just below a large speakerphone grille.

As the name implies, the Rugby 111 is designed to be durable. Built to military specs, Sony claims it can withstand dust, rain, shock, vibration, humidity and can be submerged underwater for up to 30 minutes.

However, some reviewers found the phone unable to deliver on some of its promised durability. Phonearena subjected the phone to two inches of water for 30 minutes. “After 30 minutes we retrieved it to find the device powered off and unwilling to power back on.”

Most reviewers found the call quality to be subpar. CNET said it was “sadly, one of the worst audio experiences I've had in a long time, and on a simple cell phone like this, that's inexcusable.” Phonescoop said the quality “is abysmal. Every conversation I had sounded like I was talking through a wall.”

There’s a basic WAP browser onboard and a 3 megapixel camera that can shoot 320 x 340 video through a variety of modes. The phone also lets you set up restrictions on calls, messaging and access to the address book. “This is handy for businesses looking to deploy fleet phones, since they can ensure that the phones be used only for business purposes,” Phonearena said.

Most reviewers were underwhelmed by this phone. CNET summed up by saying, “although I like the phone's aesthetics, based on poor call quality in my tests, I can't recommend buying the Rugby 3 for personal or company use.”

Specs summary

Screen
2.4"

The Samsung Rugby III's screen is 2.4 inches with 240 x 320 pixels resolution.

Processor
468MHz

There is a STE PNX6809L 468 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Other operating system (OS).

Camera
3+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera. There's no secondary front camera.
Storage
256 MB

Internal memory is 256 MB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1300mAh

The phone is powered by a 1300 mAh Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Samsung's performance ratings are: 20 days standby time, 540 minutes talk time.

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  • Condition: New
  • Availability: In Stock
  • Contract: No
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Reviews summary

4.2/10AVG.
RATING

Based on 6 reviews

What's good

  • Good speakerphone
  • Long battery life

What's bad

  • Poor call quality
  • Questionable durability (unable to survive independent water test)

The Samsung Rugby 111 is a flip phone with an internal and external display, alpha-numeric keypad with large keys, and a battery rated for up to 9 hours of talk time. It features push-to- talk for walkie-talkie-esque capabilities, a speakerphone, microSD and a 3.5mm jack. The external display shows date, day, time, battery remaining indicator, etc., and rests just below a large speakerphone grille.

As the name implies, the Rugby 111 is designed to be durable. Built to military specs, Sony claims it can withstand dust, rain, shock, vibration, humidity and can be submerged underwater for up to 30 minutes.

However, some reviewers found the phone unable to deliver on some of its promised durability. Phonearena subjected the phone to two inches of water for 30 minutes. “After 30 minutes we retrieved it to find the device powered off and unwilling to power back on.”

Most reviewers found the call quality to be subpar. CNET said it was “sadly, one of the worst audio experiences I've had in a long time, and on a simple cell phone like this, that's inexcusable.” Phonescoop said the quality “is abysmal. Every conversation I had sounded like I was talking through a wall.”

There’s a basic WAP browser onboard and a 3 megapixel camera that can shoot 320 x 340 video through a variety of modes. The phone also lets you set up restrictions on calls, messaging and access to the address book. “This is handy for businesses looking to deploy fleet phones, since they can ensure that the phones be used only for business purposes,” Phonearena said.

Most reviewers were underwhelmed by this phone. CNET summed up by saying, “although I like the phone's aesthetics, based on poor call quality in my tests, I can't recommend buying the Rugby 3 for personal or company use.”

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Reviews (4.2/10 Avg. rating)

Very poor call quality is especially unacceptable on a simple cell phone

from Cnet (2 years ago)

Although I like the phone's aesthetics, based on poor call quality in my tests, I can't recommend buying the Rugby 3 for personal or company use. That said, I didn't get to try the push-to-talk capabilities, which could redeem the phone for some parties. Call quality also varies by area, so AT&T... More

  6/10

The Rugby III may not be a svelte stunner, but it is a tough telephone

from Phone Scoop (2 years ago)

The Rugby III is a jack of all trades, but master of none. If you're looking for a basic handset that can withstand some abuse, it manages to accomplish that with ease. Nearly every other feature, however, earns a "B" at best.The biggest detractor is call quality. It's simply not good enough, not fo... More

Good speakerphone and improved battery life

from PhoneArena (2 years ago)

The Samsung Rugby III isn’t a sleek phone, nor is it a smart phone. It is intended to be a big, rugged device that can withstand rough environments. While it performed as expected as a phone, it unfortunately was not able to meet the advertised certifications. The only reason you buy a phone l... More

  3/10

I bought this phone for music bluetooth capabilities and durability

(3 months ago)

Regrettably 5 minutes after I bought it I discovered it dropped the bluetooth connection for music. It will not stay connected in the vehicle. they sent me a loaner while they fixed this one and the loaner does the same thing. Received my phone back and nothing changed same problem. I am back to... More

  1/10

I bought this phone for music bluetooth capabilities and durability

(3 months ago)

Regrettably 5 minutes after I bought it I discovered it dropped the bluetooth connection for music. It will not stay connected in the vehicle. they sent me a loaner while they fixed this one and the loaner does the same thing. Received my phone back and nothing changed same problem. I am back to... More

  1/10

Great Phone

(2 years ago)

Great phone one of the last of the flip phones availble these day's. A must have for the ones who want a phone to just text and make calls without the expensive data rates.

  10/10

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