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First Look: Samsung Rugby SGH-a837, mobile phone

updated 12:50 am EDT, Fri October 17, 2008

Samsung Rugby SGH-a837

Many mobile phones may appear aesthetically pleasing when seen on a store shelf, but they may prove too fragile to deal with the bumps and bruises from everyday life. That's what makes the Samsung SGH-a837 mobile phone so different. With a flip-up, clamshell case that covers the keypad when not in use, this phone is designed to take abuse and keep on working.

The main feature of this phone is its rubber case with raised bars and bumps so you can grip it easily. Besides making this product easy to hold, its rubber case is designed to meet Military Standard MIL-STD-810F, which is a military specification that specifies environmental conditions that equipment must be able to withstand such as vibration, rain, humidity, solar radiation, dust, and extreme temperatures. Even its recharging port is protected by a rubber flap that snaps into place and pops off so you can plug in its recharging cable. If you need a tough phone that won't damage easily, this phone should meet your standards too.

A tiny screen on the outside of the case can display the date and time while also showing you the amount of battery charge remaining. Although this screen remains exposed, it appears made out of scratch-resistant plastic that won't likely crack or break except through extreme pressure.

If you really want to see how tough this phone can be, check out this
video of the phone getting tossed in a pond of muddy water, dropped on the ground, catapulted into the air, shot against a wall with a slingshot, and dunked in water and still working after so much physical abuse.

This phone only weighs 4.66 ounces and takes up little space when folded close (3.95 inches tall, 2.05 inches wide, and 0.90 inches thick). A lithium ion battery provides up to 5 talk time or up to 250 hours standby time.

Beyond its rugged exterior case, this product also offers a Push to Talk (PTT) feature, which lets you check who is available before you call them. Once you find out who is available, you can contact those people individually or as a group. PTT incurs additional charges, but you can convert a PTT call to a regular cellular call at any time.

Another handy feature is its AT&T Navigator, which gives you GPS driving directions. This service is free for a 30-day trial period after which it costs an additional $9.99 a month.

For connecting to your computer or printer, this item supports Bluetooth so you can transfer pictures and music without hassling with clumsy cables. Play standard MP3 audio files or browse your messages from common e-mail services such as Hotmail, AOL, and Yahoo! For taking pictures, you can use the integrated 1.3-megapixel camera, which provides resolutions up to 1280x960 with 4x digital zoom.

The Samsung Rugby SGH-a837 phone is ideal for anyone who needs a standard mobile phone with a tough exterior that can withstand any hostile environment short of gunfire or flooding. If you're tired of fragile phones that scratch, chip, or shatter too easily, you'll find the $279.99 Samsung Rugby an ideal mobile companion that can survive practically anywhere you go.

by MacNN Staff



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