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Samsung Galaxy Rugby review

8/10 AVG.

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There are only a few big names who are making truly rugged smartphones. Samsung is one of those manufacturers with their Galaxy Rugby. It sports a tough design and runs a smart OS in the form of Android. But does it have what it takes to contend for top spot in the rugged smartphone category?

Like most rugged phone models, the Rugby is wrapped in the candybar form factor. It is decked out in black with orange highlights on its 12mm thick casing and weighs a not-so-heavy 136 grams. Its primary features include a 3.65-inch HVGA Super AMOLED touchscreen display, an 800MHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 3MP rear camera, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, GPS, and microUSB connectivity. While it only has 150MB of internal storage space, this can be easily expanded by way of after-market microSD cards up to 32GB. And its default operating system, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, still enjoys plenty of official and third-party software support.

As you can see from its list of initial specs, it is not the most powerful smartphone out there. However, it’s true beauty lies in its rugged feature-set. It’s design makes it completely dust proof, water proof, and shock proof. It’s the type of phone that you can take with you to the great outdoors and not have to worry about it suddenly dying in the middle of your trip. It will last through whatever usage scenario most anyone will put it through. It may run a tad slow at times, but all things considered, it’s a surprisingly dependable handset.

The one thing where it really disappoints, though, is battery performance. Of course, the number of hours you can get per full charge is ultimately up to how you use it, but even Samsung’s very own battery life ratings don’t paint a very good picture. Still, it offers great value for money for those who are in the market for a new smartphone with rugged features.

Need to Know: Samsung Galaxy Rugby

1. Water proof, dust proof, and shock proof design. (The Good)

2. Android 2.3 Gingerbread pre-installed. (The Good)

3. Battery life may fall short of expectations. (The Bad)

4. Limited amount of internal storage space. (The Bad)

Operating system
800 MHz
Screen Size
3+ MP

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Screen Size

The Samsung Galaxy Rugby's screen size is 3.65 inches with x pixels resolution.

800 MHz

There is a 800 MHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

3+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

150 MB

Internal memory is 150 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 16.5 days standby time, 240 minutes.

Galaxy Rugby Specs

Release date April 20, 2012
Regions available Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/1900 MHz
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor 800 MHz
Internal Storage 150 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.73 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 240 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 16.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black with Orange
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.2 x 6.6 x 1.2 cm (4.8 x 2.6 x 0.5 in)
Weight 136 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design Yes
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED Plus
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 3.65 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Swype
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
3+ megapixels
4x digital
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Effects, Geotagging, Panorama, Self-timer, Smile detection, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
VGA (640 x 480 pixels)
Front Camera
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WMA, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack Yes
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable (Google Books, YouTube, Play Store, Google Places)
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung GT-S5690M

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