Feb 23 AT 12:04 PM Taylor Wimberly 7 Comments

AT&T announces Rugby Smart release date and pricing


Are you in the market for a rugged Android phone on AT&T? Today the carrier announced the Samsung Rugby Smart, a tough little phone that is waterproof, dust proof and shock resistant. Starting March 4th, the Rugby Smart will go on sale for $99 with 2-year contract and monthly minimum data plan.

“We continue to bring the highest quality devices — the Rugby Smart is the ultimate smartphone to withstand extreme conditions,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile. “AT&T customers are now able to stay connected with a durable smartphone while experiencing even the roughest environment.”

Samsung’s Rugby Smart is built to 810f military spec standards and can be submerged in up to 1m of water for 30 minutes. It can also survive extreme temperatures and high-impacts if dropped.

Highlights of the Rugby Smart include:

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 3.7-inch WVGA Super AMOLED display
  • 5 megapixel camera with 720p video capture
  • 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 4GB storage, microSD slot
  • 1,650 mAh battery
  • HSPA+ connectivity

No processor type or speed is mentioned, but this is an entry-level phone for only $99 so we weren’t expecting much. Overall, it looks to be a nice sturdy device that would be ideal for certain types of work environments. Check out the videos below for more information about the Rugby Smart.

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  • spazby

    very nice sturdy device if you are into this type of thing…

  • YMS123

    Four physical Android buttons, wow

  • McLovin

    Ruggedized is good especially with kids. My daughter dropped her iPod and the screen shattered. Since it was still only a few months old Apple charged us half price on a total replacement. We wrapped the replacement in armour shield and then encased it in another cover. It should bounce it she drops it now, but that’s after an additional $180 (iPod) + $80 (protection).

  • Vance

    I’m totally getting this for my plumber. He was working on the boiler last weekend and couldn’t remember the error codes for this specific model, so I was looking them up online and I told him “you should keep that stuff in evernote”. He said “what’s that, one of those iPhone app thingys?” then pulled out his rugged rubberized clamshell phone and flung it across the garage. Then said “when I can do that with a smart phone AND get it wet, I’ll think about switching”.

  • Hall Lo

    That’s a very good phone for careless people xD

  • Joel

    Not bad specs for that price – there are some high end phones that could use a battery like that.

  • jus

    One of the last 3G phones left in their soon to be all-to-LTE lineup. Even with the awful features, its a godsend if users don’t want to be throttled 2 days into a billing cycle.