- Weight: 15.84 ounces
Samsung Rugby a837 Phone, Yellow (AT&T)
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The ruggedized Samsung Rugby is certified to Military Standard MI-SID-810F, withstanding dust, shock vibrations, rain, humidity, solar radiation and altitude and temperature extremes.
This AT&T phone can handle high-speed data connectivity via AT&T's 3G mobile broadband data network, which is available in most major metropolitan areas. The AT&T 3G network uses the dual-band UMTS 850/1900 MHz network (also known as WCDMA), making it possible to enjoy a variety of feature-rich wireless multimedia services. It also gives AT&T the advantage of offering simultaneous voice and data services.
In areas where the 3G network is not available, you'll continue to receive service on the AT&T EDGE network, which offers availability in more than 13,000 US cities and along some 40,000 miles of major highways. Providing average data speeds between 75-135Kbps, it's fast enough to support a wide range of advanced data services, including video and music clips, full picture and video messaging, high-speed color Internet access, and email on the go. You'll also enjoy quad-band GSM connectivity, which allows you to make calls in more than 190 countries and access data applications in the more than 135 countries where AT&T offers international data roaming.
With 3G connectivity, you'll be able to access AT&T's Video Share service, which enables you to send a live, one-way video stream to another compatible phone during a standard voice call. The service also allows you to switch the direction of the video stream during the same phone call. (Customers must be in an area served by the company's 3G network and have a Video Share-enabled phone.) A majority of users in the architecture, engineering and construction industries rated the ability to share live video through Video Share highly, according to research commissioned by AT&T. Video Share lets you see progress on a job site or review the day's work without having to drive from an office or other site to do so.
This 3G-enabled handset is compatible with AT&T's Video Share calling.
With 3G connectivity, you'll be able to access AT&T's Cellular Video (CV) service and the Internet while on the go. Cellular Video features content from CNN, The Weather Channel, iFilm, Comedy Central and exclusive premium content from HBO and much more. And you get access to AT&T Mobile Music, which enables you to buy tracks while on the, access the Napster subscription music service, stream music video, discover what's playing with Music ID song-recognition software, and find out what's hot with The Buzz music news portal. (A MEdia Max subscription bundle is recommended for accessing AT&T's Internet, video, and music services.)
The phone has a built-in web browser for MEdia Net downloads and mobile web browsing. AT&T's MEdia Net service enables you to receive and send emails, read news headlines, get weather updates, download games and ringtones, and more.
Small business and enterprise customers also have the option to use AT&T's Enterprise Paging to connect quickly to its workforce from a central location. Enterprise Paging is an AT&T-hosted service that allows a centralized dispatch system administrator to build customized group distribution lists of workers in the field and to send group notifications via text messaging. Workers can respond immediately or take the appropriate action in the message.
With its built-in A-GPS, you can use the optional AT&T Navigator service to get you to your destination with points of interest and turn-by-turn navigation.
The Rugby features a rubberized and metal casing that is easy to grip.
The rugged clamshell Rugby is certified to military standard MIL-STD-810F to withstand dust, shock, vibration, rain, humidity, solar radiation, altitude and temperature extremes, and it features a rubberized and metal casing that is easy to grip. The exterior of the phone has a large speaker for easy Push to Talk (PTT) communication as well as a small LCD screen that displays current time, incoming calls, signal strength, and battery life. The interior 2-inch LCD screen has a resolution of 176 x 220 pixels and a 262K color depth. The phone has a 128 MB internal memory, which can be expanded via optional microSD memory cards (up to 8 GB in size). The phonebook can hold up to 1000 contact entries with up to 6 numbers per entry. It also offers 8 one-touch dialing numbers and support for picture and ringer ID.
Handsfree communication is easy thanks to the integrated full duplex speakerphone--perfect for conference calling from the office or on the road. This phone provides Bluetooth wireless connectivity (version 2.0), and includes profiles for communication headset, handsfree car kits, and file transfer. With the A2DP Bluetooth profile, you can stream your music to a pair of compatible Bluetooth stereo headphones. You can connect your laptop (either via Bluetooth or wired USB) and enjoy dial-up networking--surf the Internet, send email, and access files from a server.
The 1.3-megapixel camera provides three resolution choices (1280 x 960, 640 x 480, and 320 x 320 pixels), and it features a 4x digital zoom, multi-shot capabilities (up to 9 shots in a row), brightness adjustment, and a self-timer. Additionally, you can capture videos in QCIF resolution up to 1 hour in length (as well as audio clips of that length), as long as you have space available on your memory card.
Whether on a trip to a new job site or looking for a place to eat lunch in a new area, Rugby is aGPS-capable, which means AT&T Navigator can get you there with points of interest and turn-by-turn navigation. Assisted-GPS technology allows Rugby to locate itself to get you headed in the right direction quickly.
Other features include:
- Push to Talk (PTT) enables you to pull an entire work group into a wireless call from a PTT session as well as set one's own status to available, unavailable, do not disturb and more.
- Organizer tools: Calendar, Calculator, Currency Converter, Tasks, Note, Alarm, World Time
- Instant messaging services: AOL, Windows Live, Yahoo!
- Access to personal email
- SMS text and MMS multimedia messaging
- T9 predictive text entry
- Music playback formats: AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MP3, WMA, 3GP, MP4, M4A
- Any key answer
- 64-chord polyphonic ringtones, real music ringtones, and vibrating alert
- Multi-lingual display (English, French, Spanish)
- Bluetooth version 2.0 with the following profiles: A2DP (stereo music streaming), AVRC (remote control), HFP (hands-free car kits), HSP (communication headsets), BPP (basic printing profile for text, email), DUN (dial-up networking), FTP (file transfer), OPP (object push for business cards, calendar items, and pictures)
The Samsung Rugby weighs 4.66 ounces and measures 3.95 x 2.05 x 0.9 inches. Its 1000 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 5 hours of talk time, and up to 250 hours (10+ days) of standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies as well as 850/1900 MHz 3G frequencies (UMTS/HSDPA).
Top Customer Reviews
I spotted the Rugby the week of its release on the AT&T Wireless website, and I did some quick research. Not much there since the phone is that new (released September 15 2008), but there was plenty of incorrect info on some of the cell phone websites... particularly the screen sizes (the main screen is 176x220, the external is 96x96... many sites incorrectly list the main as 128x160 and don't even tell you what the external is). But what really piqued my interest was the size - it was a full quarter-inch wider than my current Nokia 6102i, and over a half-inch longer when folded. And at nearly 5 ounces, it has some meat to it.
I ordered the yellow unit from AT&T since I qualified for it as an upgrade phone. The SIM is a little tricky to get in and out as the slot is recessed and partially covered when the card is inserted. But once in, it was ready to go. I spent a few minutes getting the settings where I wanted them, and was quickly able to make calls, send/receive text and multimedia messages, and take/send pictures with the camera. With the Edge and 3G networks available, internet is much faster than with the Nokia. The memory is expandable with a microSD card, and once I got used to them, the menus were easy to follow.
But what I appreciate the most is the size and feel... it's almost as good as holding a standard corded-phone handset. It has a nice beefy feel to it, it's very long when open - it easily reaches from my ear to mouth, and the buttons are nicely sized/spaced.Read more ›
This complaint may seem insignificant, but I am a carpenter/ woodworker, I use loud machinery, so I miss a lot of calls, and I do not wear a watch. I keep my phone on the bench near where I am working, and often glance at the phone to check for missed calls, or the time. Sometimes I have glue on my hands- even paint- I can't be picking up and manipulating the phone every few minutes. This phone is being marketed as a workingman's device, but it falls way short.
It is a fairly large size, a bit large for jeans pocket, but one could get used to it. The speakerphone is excellent. Loud. Very Loud. I would be extremely satisfied with this phone if not for the front display issue.
I'm getting older and hard of hearing, so I needed a phone with a good speaker system and long battery life plus I wanted to see the numbers dialed and read the keys too. I thought it would be good to have a camera and bluetooth capability just in case.
My wife needed a rugged phone because it spends most of its life in the bottom of a big purse and takes a lot of abuse. This phone has no external antenna to break off like her last one. She liked the yellow phone so she could hopefully find it easyier.
My daughter is away at school in a remote part of Washington, so she was looking for another carrier as well as a phone with lots of features. AT&T is one of only two carriers which gives a good signal strenth both in her area as well as the HWY to and from school, which is most of the way where there was no signal before with Sprint. AT&T filled those needs along with roll-over minutes on thier plan. She also wanted to use bluetooth a lot and does a great deal of texting. A camera was also important for her.
We have had the phones now for 3 weeks and very pleased with what we've got. I think these will hold up very well with the daily activity they recieve. Battery life is much better than the specs for other rugged phones that only had about 3 days of standby. The Rugby lasts a minimum of a week between charges, so that makes it easy to just leave it home on charge Sunday mornings when we are at Church (So embarracing when it goes off at Church anyway).
You can't go wrong with this phone for only a penney each plus about [...] for shipping. FIVE STARS all the way. My daughter says she would have liked to had a flash on the camera, but I like the longer battery life without flash.
Otherwise, the phone isn't bad. I like the size and feel of the keypad - with the exception that the clear key is too close to the navigation keys; a small ridge between the two would help prevent pressing clear when you had wanted to hit the down function of the navigation key. Talk quality is good as is the battery life. Push-To-Talk does not have a means to shut it off, so you will constantly hit the button by mistake and be prompted whether you want to accept the charges of that feature. I was surprised that the small 1.3mp camera actually takes pretty good pics.
Actually a good phone overall, but it would be more durable with a protective cover - which then would eliminate the novelty of the yellow "DeWalt tools" color scheme.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
(NOTE: I had to get a Samsung Rugby II b/c it had to be replaced via phone insurance. I've had no problems with it so far. Read morePublished on January 13, 2011 by Nicole B.
My husband has had this phone going on 2 years. He beats his phones up more than any person I know. Read morePublished on September 26, 2010 by Diltsify
I have used this phone for over a year in a factory where I am a maintenance man. I've never "test dropped" it for durability, but it's seen some hard times and still in 1 peice. Read morePublished on August 15, 2010 by GO Gaited
Volume is nice and loud-Finally a phone I can hear on the mower/tractor. Marginal signal and if you get no bars I have to shut off and turn on sometimes to get the bars back. Read morePublished on March 23, 2010 by Gunpowder
I bought this phone based on the advertising as a rugged work phone. I thought that ment it might have decent volume. Read morePublished on March 4, 2010 by Matthew F. Mccullouch
As with any cell phone, they're designed for certain users. Most people wouldn't care for a phone like this, but it's perfect for me. Read morePublished on February 21, 2010 by J. Hutchison
I bought this phone for my girlfriend for Christmas. She has a habit of dropping her phone alot and this one has so far held up to the drops.Published on January 30, 2010 by M. Trimmer
If Samsung ever comes out with a QWERTY version of the Rugby I will be the first in line to get it! I researched like mad after losing two phones to my boys. Read morePublished on December 17, 2009 by T. L. Burger
I bought this at another online site to replace a Samsung A437. The A437 was a good phone, I had no issues with it but wanted something a little more advanced and a bit more... Read morePublished on November 7, 2009 by James N. Sublett