Samsung Rugby II SGH-A847 - black (AT&T)
Manufacturer: Samsung Part number: 4850237
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CNET editors' review
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- Reviewed by: Kent German
- Reviewed on: 06/18/2010
- Released on: 05/25/2010
The good: The Samsung Rugby II has a durable, comfortable design and a solid feature set. It builds on its predecessor by adding voice dialing and by performing better.
The bad: The Rugby II has a nonstandard headset jack and Samsung hides the memory card slot behind the phone's battery.
The bottom line: The Samsung Rugby II improves on its predecessor and delivers a functional, rugged phone with satisfying performance.
Samsung Rugby II is the best mobile phone I've owned.
by psychodos on July 14, 2011
Pros: *Easy enough for a little old lady to read, understand,and use
*Smart enough for the technologically advanced teenager *More fun than anyone, at any age, could ever want
*Reliable, easy, excellent voice/audio/video, great apps
*Strong as a Mac truck
Cons: *Sometimes the battery is a little difficult to slip in, - the worst thing I can say.
*I wanted flashy color, but it is boring black.
*Despite it's sturdy, tough, slip-proof body, it will never win a beauty contest. Nor will I.
Summary: I would not hesitate to recommend the Rugby II to anyone, and I give Samsung and the Rugby II's designers a tip of the hat for keeping it such ...
Summary: I would not hesitate to recommend the Rugby II to anyone, and I give Samsung and the Rugby II's designers a tip of the hat for keeping it such an excellent mobile phone. Considering that it was designed with construction workers in mind, I am lucky that my salesman, J. Rodriques, found just what I needed. I am a disabled golden oldie who needs a lot of different features, not only for my convenience, but also my health, communication, and even actual fun activities. The Rugby II has it all, and I won't break it by accidentally stepping on it, dropping it, or spilling my drink on it. If one of you is hesitant about this phone for yourself or a loved one, don't be - I think SR2 would ward off a speeding bullet, and I know that you could knock someone unconscious with it, and still use it to make that pesky police call. You should look at professional reviews for the real inside-out of it as I certainly am not technologically gifted. I do, however, know that this is probably the only phone that ANYONE can use, and the LAST phone I'll need. I will be surprised if it wears out before I do. If you need pretty, slap on some stickers. Otherwise, consider it your most reliable friend.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
ONE OF THE BEST PHONES EVER.
by raduncan2 on July 27, 2010
Pros: This phone has many great features. I really liked the sleek design with the hard military grade plastic skin. The large external speaker is amazing.
Cons: The phone is a tad bit bulky. But overall an amazing phone. Also the price is a bit steep but worth it.
Summary: Bottom line, This phone is amazing. I am in college, and am always running around, so the hard plastic allows for me to keep it protected and reliable. I would ...
Summary: Bottom line, This phone is amazing. I am in college, and am always running around, so the hard plastic allows for me to keep it protected and reliable. I would definately recommend this phone to anybody who wants an amazing peice of technology that will last!
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great, rugged phone.
by twonickelsotd on December 9, 2012
Pros: Tough as hell, feels built to last.
Cons: Screen could be bigger.
Summary: This phone is fantastic. I "down-graded" from an HTC smart phone that crapped out on me, and I'm very happy. If you want a good phone that will last, ...
Summary: This phone is fantastic. I "down-graded" from an HTC smart phone that crapped out on me, and I'm very happy. If you want a good phone that will last, and if you only plan to use it for calling and texting, then the Rugby II is a good bet. Also, the issue with the phone refusing to send text messages has been fixed in the newest firmware update, so it's a non-issue.
A lot to improve on for speaker-phone department...
by jdmooney69 on July 7, 2012
Pros: Decent battery life,
Small hands may not have a problem on long conversations,
Interface for micro-SD chip is very useful
Cons: Sounds very tinny on speaker-phone and I get a headache,
Non-standard audio plug for headphones, Samsung just bite the bullet and use a 3.5mm plug;
limited after-market accessories-carrying cases, desktop chargers/speaker phones,
Allow access to Apps
Summary: THis phone now belongs to my wife as she is a classic "technophobe" living in the 50's tonight. She is very adverse to the touchscreen units, Blackberry's are ...
Summary: THis phone now belongs to my wife as she is a classic "technophobe" living in the 50's tonight. She is very adverse to the touchscreen units, Blackberry's are worse as the keys are the size of a pin head. Her emphasis is not on social media-just rock solid communication that is there when you need it. Family is dying off and daughters are out with their own lives.
When I was working as a Field Project Engineer, this phone was common among my colleagues where the PTT AND cell phone features offered "get it done now!" assurances. THere is still a market for non-touchscreen phones, perhaps for seasoned citizens but as long as the exterior is not intimidating, the "innards" don't matter.
i went back to my RUGBY I
by pyro5263 on November 1, 2011
Pros: I really liked the sleek design with the hard military grade plastic skin. The large external speaker is amazing Reception is very good battery life is good.
Cons: The old one is much more durable and is actually water proof. The rugby's selling point is that it's nearly invincible but, this phone is not. Text messaging is buggy. Replies are not sent when you push "send" but instead silently stored in your outbox. Y
Summary: i went back to my RUGBY I becuse of the text problem. i am a big texter so having to send every text twice gets very bothersome. if and when ...
Summary: i went back to my RUGBY I becuse of the text problem. i am a big texter so having to send every text twice gets very bothersome. if and when at&t comes out with the RUGBY III i would probly get it buy as for now my RUGBY I is the way to go.
Good reception & audio, but serious problems.
by oxmounter on October 24, 2011
Pros: Reception and audio are very good . (Telus, Ontario.) Keypad is larger than usual, good. Battery life is good.
Cons: The menus & navigation are very inferior to Nokia & Motorola, the other 2 I've owned. Confusing and counter-intuitive. The designers goofed. I can live with that, but much worse:: the exterior camera button is not recessed, & can't be disabled
Summary: It's a sturdy phone with good audio & reception. However, the camera button problem is so serious that I would have done a refund the day after buying the ...
Summary: It's a sturdy phone with good audio & reception. However, the camera button problem is so serious that I would have done a refund the day after buying the phone, if I could have. I would not recommend the phone, due to the one serious design flaw. Every time I pick it up or take it from my pocket, I accidentally take pictures of my hand or pocket. It is an accident waiting to happen. Samsung should fix it.
Doesn't cut it in a commercial enviroment.
by Chevelle406 on July 9, 2011
Pros: Good battery life. Appears to be ruggedly built. Keypad easy to use for non texting usage.
Cons: Does not talk through Bluetooth nice with Ford "SYNC". Only recognizes 1st phone number for a person in the phones contact list. Have to manually select any other number desired. Other phones I have had did not have this problem.
Unable to get to sync
Summary: For a RUGGED phone intended for commercial applications lack of Bluetooth compatibility with "SYNC" and the inability to shut the camera off on the outside button are a major pain....
Summary: For a RUGGED phone intended for commercial applications lack of Bluetooth compatibility with "SYNC" and the inability to shut the camera off on the outside button are a major pain.
The in ability synchronizing with Outlook means you have to enter your contacts manually and cannot down-load any appointments/meetings from your computer.
May be a Rugged phone but definitely lacks in usability in a commercial arena.
Great tough phone
by boriquen_wings on July 6, 2011
Pros: Perfect for marine use. Contrary to what the CNET video review says you CAN use both screens as a viewfinder for the camera. To use the outside screen just press and hold the speaker botton on the outside.
Cons: Speaker volume is great and loud but normal volume is kind of weak even on loudest setting.
Less "rugby" than the rugby one.
by radical144 on June 26, 2011
Pros: It is a bit lighter than the old one.
Cons: The old one is much more durable and is actually water proof. The rugby's selling point is that it's nearly invincible but, this phone is not.
Summary: If you just want something that's a bit tougher than your average flip phone this will do the job but, it you want or need a phone with a ...
Summary: If you just want something that's a bit tougher than your average flip phone this will do the job but, it you want or need a phone with a rubber gasket and a more convincing hard shell, stick with the ruby one.The hinge on the older version is solid as a rock, but on the rugby two you can feel it 's loose with little effort.
Updated on Jun 26, 2011
I absolutely love, love, LOVE this phone!
by Firefly_65 on March 22, 2011
Pros: This is a rugged, good-looking phone. Nice textured surface on the back of the phone keeps it from feeling slippery in your hand and has a nice solid feel to it overall. Superior call quality with both incoming and outgoing calls. Great battery life. Neve
Cons: I know a lot of people have complained about the PTT button on the side of this phone and I was really worried about it before I got this phone. Truth be told, it is located where your thumb would naturally fall if you were holding it in your left hand. I
Summary: This is a superior flip phone that is easy to use and has all the qualities I wanted in a phone. I don't have the internet service plan, but ...
Summary: This is a superior flip phone that is easy to use and has all the qualities I wanted in a phone. I don't have the internet service plan, but have gone online and found the browser to be great and easy to use. I see that some have complained that they accidentally connect to the internet and wish they could turn it off. This is not a problem specific to this particular phone, but to all AT&T phones. I have found it easy enough to avoid connecting by using the menus in list mode instead of using the grid mode. And, technically, AT&T can disconnect your phone from their internet service, so that you can't accidentally connect to the internet. Whether they will do so willingly or not, is probably a matter of how forceful you are with your pleas.Well, I guess I wasn't paying attention because my "pros" got chopped off! Ouch!
If you want a tough, good-looking phone that has all the pros in its corner and isn't just a pretty face in the crowd, I think you will love this phone as much as I do. The only reason I put down photo quality as a con is because, as a professional photographer, I have high standards for photo quality. The photo quality is not bad as far as phones go, though. It's great for sending images by text or attaching a photo to your contacts, but you will need to go into the menus and tinker some with the controls to get photos that you would want to upload to the internet. There are great controls for the camera, though, and the phone also has wonderful editing features that are missing in a lot of phones.
Like I said, I absolutely love, love LOVE this phone!!
Updated on Mar 22, 2011
Never had a call dropped or a text that wouldn't go through in the four months I have had this phone. Clear, colorful, and vivid display. Easy to navigate menus. Good speaker-phone quality. Texting using T9 mode is a breeze! Ringer volume goes from silent (obviously) to "so loud your great-grandmother can hear it from another floor in your home". AT&T has a wonderful tutorial for this phone online, if you need to clarify anything that's in the manual.
Updated on Mar 22, 2011Ack! It cut off my cons, too! Sorry, I am new at this.
I was just saying that I have not had a problem with the PTT since I am right-handed and it is easy enough to hold a bit higher in your left hand. The button is exactly where I would want it to be, though, if I did use PTT.
Photo quality is not the best, but I am a professional photographer and I don't expect camera quality photos from my phone.
- Manufacturer: Samsung
- Part number: 4850237
- Description: When the going gets tough, the tough get talking with the Samsung Rugby II. One of the most durable push-to-talk handsets available, its ruggedized, military-grade design withstands harsh conditions from rain to dust to shock. The large external speaker and improved noise suppression lets you quickly and clearly communicate with others, while call restriction features and advanced aGPS functionality help you stay in charge and keep the job on track.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Cellular phone
- Form Factor Folder (flip)
- Phone Design Flip
- Resistance Dustproof,
- Integrated Components Digital camera,
- Antenna Internal
- Width 2.05 in
- Depth 0.86 in
- Height 4.01 in
- Weight 3.52 oz
- Body Color Black
- Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
- Band WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
- Mobile Broadband Generation 3G
- Service Provider AT&T
- Software Platforms Supported CLDC 1.1,
Java MIDP 2.1
Messaging & Internet
- Cellular Messaging Services MMS,
- Instant Messaging Services Yes
- WAP Protocol Supported WAP 2.0
- Messaging & Data Features XHTML Browser
- Mobile Services AT&T Music,
- Data Transmission GPRS,
- Wireless Interface Bluetooth 2.0
- Bluetooth Profiles Serial Port Profile (SPP),
Object Push Profile (OPP),
Headset Profile (HSP),
Dial-up Networking Profile (DUN),
File Transfer Profile (FTP),
Basic Printing Profile (BPP),
Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)
- Communication Features Internet browser,
Mobile Email client
- Phone Functions Voice control,
- Polyphonic Ringer Yes
- Ring Tone Formats SMAF,
- Additional Features Software updates FOTA (Firmware Over The Air),
Intelligent typing (T9),
- Personal Information Management Calendar,
- Missed Calls Memory 30
- Dialed Calls Memory 30
- Received Calls Memory 30
- Phone Book Entries Qty 1000
- Supported Digital Audio Standards eAAC+,
- Supported Digital Video Standards MPEG-4,
- User Memory 70 MB
- Supported Flash Memory Cards microSDHC - up to 32 GB
- Sensor Resolution 2 megapixels
- Still Image Formats JPEG
- Digital Zoom 2
- Self Timer Delay Yes
- Features Video recording
- GPS Navigation A-GPS receiver
- Navigation Software & Services AT&T Navigator
- Type LCD display - Color
- Technology TFT
- Diagonal Size 2.2 in
- Display Resolution 320 x 240 pixels
- Color Depth 18-bit (262000 Colors)
- Features Wallpaper
- Type LCD display - Color
- Diagonal Size 1.3 in
- Color Depth 16-bit (65000 colors)
- Connector Type USB
- Technology Lithium ion
- Capacity 1300 mAh
- Run Time Details Talk - up to 180 min,
Standby - up to 250 hour(s)
- Compliant Standards HAC(Hearing Aid Compatible),
- Included Accessories Power adapter , Power adapter