Samsung Rugby A837

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The Samsung Rugby A837 currently has an Informr score of 6.7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 57 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Other
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
2"
Camera
1+ MP



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Samsung released the Rugby A837 on September 16, 2008.


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Samsung backs up the Rugby A837 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
2"

The Samsung Rugby A837's screen size is 2 inches with 176 x 220 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

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

Camera
1+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 1+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
128 MB

Internal memory is 128 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 8 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1000 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 10.5 days standby time.

Rugby A837 Specs

Overview
Release date September 16, 2008
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory 128 MB
RAM No
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.46 W/kg
Body: 0.57 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1000 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 10.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Flip
Colors Black, Black and Yellow
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.0 x 5.2 x 2.3 cm (3.9 x 2 x 0.9 in)
Weight 132 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design Yes
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution 176 x 220 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display Color LCD (TFT), 96 x 96 pixels, 1 inches, 65k
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
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 1000
Multiple Numbers Per Contact 6 numbers, Email address
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing No
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, Windows Live
Push-to-talk (PTT) Yes
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 8 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Brightness control, Multi-shot, Panorama, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, RealVideo
Video Recording Parameters
QCIF (176 x 144 pixels), 15 fps
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, M4A
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, RealVideo
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SGH-A837

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Rugged Rugby

I purchased this phone because it allegedly a tough phone. Inadvertently left it in my coveralls when I put them in the wash. After a 52 minute wash cycle I retrieved it and noted the phone was searching for a signal. After several days imbedded in rice to assist in the drying process it fired up totally unscathed. For me that's a tough phone!!
I purchased this phone because it allegedly a tough phone. Inadvertently left it in my coveralls when I put them in the wash. After a 52 minute wash cycle I retrieved it and noted the phone was searching for a signal. After several days imbedded in rice to assist in the drying process it fired up totally unscathed. For me that's a tough phone!! Less

Must of got the lemon

I was really happy with my Rugby, which is only 5 months old...could no longer get the sanyo military which is no longer available so sad......now I have phone with a broken screen that on my counter charging & got hit unknownly from something in my kitchen....you know all that tough equipment......st...More
I was really happy with my Rugby, which is only 5 months old...could no longer get the sanyo military which is no longer available so sad......now I have phone with a broken screen that on my counter charging & got hit unknownly from something in my kitchen....you know all that tough equipment......still works can no longer read a text or see anything on screen. I likely just got the defected one .......really dissappointed in help with this problem from supplier. Less

put it through hell and it still wont quit

ive dropped it 6 stories onto concrete, dropped it getting out of my truck and it sat in a puddle for 2 hours, and drove over it with a bobcat and it will not quit. best phone ever
Amazon

weak hinge

from Amazon
This is supposed to be a rugged unit. The hinge broke after 2 months of normal use. No wonder, close inspection revealed hinges are made of plastic.
Amazon

Most Rugged Phone. Ever.

from Amazon
My husband has had this phone going on 2 years. He beats his phones up more than any person I know. For example: we got the same phone at the same time at one point, and his died out on him a full year before mine started having issues. Anyways, to the rugged part. My husband also likes to "test" t...More
My husband has had this phone going on 2 years. He beats his phones up more than any person I know. For example: we got the same phone at the same time at one point, and his died out on him a full year before mine started having issues. Anyways, to the rugged part. My husband also likes to "test" things out. He has purposely thrown his phone on the concrete several times just to prove its ruggedness. He has ran it under water several times, and he even let his phone get into a fight with a Pit Bull (the phone was open, and the phone won). The phone ended up with deep teeth marks in some of the keypad numbers...and it still works!! I think the best part of this phone is the memory. Like I said, he's had the Rugby for 2 years and he has yet to delete a picture that he has taken because of a full memory. He doesn't take an insane amount of pictures, but he has well over 100 on there. The phone also stores like 500 text messages before you have to delete them. We love, love...LOVE this phone, and would recommend it to anyone who doesn't need the latest gadget, just something durable. Less
Amazon

not what it is claimed to be

from Amazon
I am in construction, I break phones all the time. I bought this phone because it was supposed to more rugged than other phones on the market. I constantly had problems with contact with the sims card, several visits to ATT and 2 new sims cards, after 8 months I opened the phone and the hinge fell apa...More
I am in construction, I break phones all the time. I bought this phone because it was supposed to more rugged than other phones on the market. I constantly had problems with contact with the sims card, several visits to ATT and 2 new sims cards, after 8 months I opened the phone and the hinge fell apart. I was holding 2 pieces. I have had $30 go phones last longer, a compete waste of money, I am back to cheap go phones. Steven Hunn Less
Amazon

Not so rugged after a year

from Amazon
This phone can really take a beating, but does it slowly start to die like almost every other phone out there? The answer is yes. I've had mine for a little less than a year, and the microphone is starting to die. I can bypass that by using a headset, but I'm surprised that a phone which can be run ov...More
This phone can really take a beating, but does it slowly start to die like almost every other phone out there? The answer is yes. I've had mine for a little less than a year, and the microphone is starting to die. I can bypass that by using a headset, but I'm surprised that a phone which can be run over by a Mack truck can't stand up against every day wear and tear. I never overly abused my phone (except of the first week I was throwing it against the wall to show off for my coworkers, and I may have talked with it in the shower a few times :P), but it does seem to be getting steadily harder for people to hear me on it. In conclusion, if you need convincing that this phone is tough, just take a look at the numerous YouTube videos of people doing horrible things to the Rugby, but if you need it to keep working well after a year, look elsewhere. Also, it's very heavy and bulky, but I suppose that goes with the teritory. Less
Amazon

RUGGED PHONE - BUT NEEDS THESE IMPROVEMENTS:

from Amazon
owned and used it everyday since April 1,2010. WATER RESISTANCE: It went UNDER the water that first night and although it took a few minutes......it did work after submerging and continues to work through this writing (July 5, 2010). IMPACT RESISTANCE: It has been dropped and skidded across pavem...More
owned and used it everyday since April 1,2010. WATER RESISTANCE: It went UNDER the water that first night and although it took a few minutes......it did work after submerging and continues to work through this writing (July 5, 2010). IMPACT RESISTANCE: It has been dropped and skidded across pavement and it works immediately upon picking it up. BUILD WEAKNESSES: 1. The plexiglass window on the face is just that.......plexiglas......NOT GOOD ENOUGH if you advertise that it is built to MILITARY SPECS. HEY SAMSUNG!......this window should have been made out of a thin sheet of LEXAN. 2. The speaker face (screen on the face) has dented easily (not on the pavement incident) and the paint is chipping off this face. THOSE ARE THE ONLY TWO WEAKNESSES I SEE. This is a rugged, large, man's phone.....not something pretty and petite. I wanted something that is built for a man and that is what I got. The speaker is loud enough to be heard within loud ambient-noise environments. Although the speaker could be clearer sometimes. HEY SAMSUNG!!!.....here is my advice to you: Spend the extra for the transparent face by making it of LEXAN (bullet-proof glass), make the speaker face (the perforated panel) out of dark-stained stainless steel.......and lastly......IMPROVE THE QUALITY (LET US SAY.....FIDELITY) OF THE SPEAKER SOUND. THAT IS IT! THIS IS A RUGGED, LOUD, MAN'S PHONE. It could become very popular for an outdoor person's use..........but Samsung needs to listen and improve. I like it. Less
Amazon

Great 4 the outdoorsman....as long as it is not winter

from Amazon
I purchased two of these phones. One for me and one for my husband. I haven't had a single issue with mine. We live in the Pacific Northwest and it gets a lot of rain time. Like other reviewers, the PTT option is annoying and it is rather bulky. I don't mind since I have had mine for just over a year a...More
I purchased two of these phones. One for me and one for my husband. I haven't had a single issue with mine. We live in the Pacific Northwest and it gets a lot of rain time. Like other reviewers, the PTT option is annoying and it is rather bulky. I don't mind since I have had mine for just over a year and haven't needed to replace it. My husband on the other hand, has had issues with the battery not working in the extreme (20 degree) winter we just had. It seems to not want to turn on and automatically turned off if it is cold. We had to warm the unit (set by fire, or under legs) in order for it to work. I am impressed that it went through the washing machine, sat in a bag of rice for four days and works for the most part. He doesn't have use of the right-side buttons on the unit, but since he doesn't turn it off or actually dial with it, that is not an issue. I will probably purchase him a replacement when time comes and pass this one down to my daughter until her plan allows for a rugby replacement for her destroyed (non-rugby) phone. I would recommend this phone to anyone buying phones for minors. Less
Amazon

Lousy software

from Amazon
I bought this phone because I tend to be hard on my cell phone. It did make it through my two year contract, but it is easily the most irritating phone that I've ever owned. The reception is terrible, texting is awkward, and the interface is not intuitive. Buy a more fragile phone with insurance.

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