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Samsung Rugby II

5.3/10 AVG.
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5.3/10
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The Samsung Rugby II currently has an Informr score of 5.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 7 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

The aptly named Samsung Rugby II (A847) is an update/refresh to the SGH-a837. Built to withstand shock, dust, rain, humidity, solar radiation, vibration and altitude and temperature extremes, it most definitely is rugged.

Improvements over the SGH-a837 include an improved main display, better camera, international 3G data capability, all while losing over an ounce in weight.

The Rugby II is a well built GSM clamshell which can perform in almost any environment. It boasts an external, 1.3 inch display, an internal, 2.2 inch main display, featuring 240 x 320 pixel resolution, and a thoughtful navigation array more spacious and sure to the touch than many phones of similar design. Users with find the layout familiar and comfortable.

Unlike other tough-guy phones that are impenetrable but limited, the Rugby II offers a full suite of features, including Push to Talk, GPS navigation, stereo Bluetooth, expandable memory via microSD (up to 32GB), video-sharing, a 2MP camera, along with a complete list of entry-level features, too.

With the Rugby II you can send and receive email, text, MMS, play music, even use the phone for data tethering for your laptop (at an additional cost).

Rated at 3 hours of talk time and 250 hours of standby time, the Samsung Rugby II is designed to work hard when you need it most.


OS
No
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
2.2"
Camera
2+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Mobile Syrup

Overall, the Samsung Rugby II is a durable and rugged phone that provides excellent call quality and battery life. This phone is perfect for the construction industry, as it is able to withstand the harshest of conditions. It would have been nice to have the PTT capabilities that are present o...

- Joseph Rizzuto, Mobile Syrup
CNET

"Stick with what works" appears to be Samsung's theme with the Rugby II for AT&T. In both design and features the Rugby II, aka the SGH-A847, is nearly identical to Sammy's first Rugby phone. You'll find they both share the same rugged design and a strong focus on communication with support...

- Kent German , CNET


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Common Questions


Samsung released the Rugby II on June 6, 2010.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Samsung Rugby II user manual here.


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


If your Rugby II has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Samsung support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Samsung's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
2.2"

The Samsung Rugby II's screen size is 2.2 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown

There is a processor (CPU).

OS
No

The phone runs on the operating system (OS).

Camera
2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
70 MB

Internal memory is 70 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1300mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1300 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 10.5 days standby time.

Rugby II Specs

Overview
Release date June 6, 2010
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA 7.2
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System
Processor
Internal Flash Memory 70 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: 1.1 W/kg
Body: 0.63 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1300 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
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.2 x 5.2 x 2.2 cm (4 x 2 x 0.9 in)
Weight 100 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 x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2.2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display Monochrome LCD (STN), 128 x 128 pixels, 1.3 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 Yes
Any Key Answer No
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 Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) Yes
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
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 32 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 No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
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 No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SGH-A847

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Critic Reviews


Mobile Syrup

This phone is perfect for the construction industry

from Mobile Syrup

Overall, the Samsung Rugby II is a durable and rugged phone that provides excellent call quality and battery life. This phone is perfect for the construction industry, as it is able to withstand the harshest of conditions. It would have been nice to have the PTT capabilities that are presen...More

Overall, the Samsung Rugby II is a durable and rugged phone that provides excellent call quality and battery life. This phone is perfect for the construction industry, as it is able to withstand the harshest of conditions. It would have been nice to have the PTT capabilities that are present on other versions of this phone, and hope that Samsung/Canadian carriers do not continue this trend of removing functionality from future devices in Canada. The simple OS keeps messages and contacts organized, while the basic WAP browser provides convenient Internet capabilities when needed. I wish that Bell and Telus would include a microSD with this device, since this seems to be the norm amongst the releases of new devices with capabilities of expandable memory. Secondly, I hope that future promotions will see the price of this device drop below $100 on a 3-year agreement.

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CNET

A nonstandard headset jack and hidden memory card slot gives the Samsung Rugby II a couple of minor setbacks

from CNET

"Stick with what works" appears to be Samsung's theme with the Rugby II for AT&T. In both design and features the Rugby II, aka the SGH-A847, is nearly identical to Sammy's first Rugby phone. You'll find they both share the same rugged design and a strong focus on communication with suppo...More

"Stick with what works" appears to be Samsung's theme with the Rugby II for AT&T. In both design and features the Rugby II, aka the SGH-A847, is nearly identical to Sammy's first Rugby phone. You'll find they both share the same rugged design and a strong focus on communication with support for AT&T's push-to-talk network. Fortunately, the Rugby II offers better call quality than its predecessor did and it adds the all-important voice-dialing feature. However, on the downside, with the Rugby II, Samsung still forces you to use a nonstandard headset jack and Samsung hides the memory card slot behind the phone's battery.

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User Reviews


JohnPeter

They'll probably burry me with this one... and be able to call me in my tomb.

Beaten daily for six years and still going. I work in landscaping and as an arborist and shoveling snow in the cold season. Sandblasted by the dirt and sawdust in my pocket. Dropped countless times from various heights. Takes weird but nice foggy pictures since the lens of the camera is thoroughly scra...More
Beaten daily for six years and still going. I work in landscaping and as an arborist and shoveling snow in the cold season. Sandblasted by the dirt and sawdust in my pocket. Dropped countless times from various heights. Takes weird but nice foggy pictures since the lens of the camera is thoroughly scratched. Don't think they'll be selling cellphone like this one anymore because this one won't die! Less

NO PTT?

I bought this phone because some says that it has a PTT, apparently it was disabled by BELL...
Ryan Olaf

Hate this phone.....

Our crew was given the Rugby 2 because it's rugged.. Well, it is that, but we have to take pictures on the job so we found that the phone really sucks.. Most cell phones plug into a computer and download easily, not the Rugby 2.. Seems you need to install a memory card, do some kind of formatting cr...More
Our crew was given the Rugby 2 because it's rugged.. Well, it is that, but we have to take pictures on the job so we found that the phone really sucks.. Most cell phones plug into a computer and download easily, not the Rugby 2.. Seems you need to install a memory card, do some kind of formatting crap, turn off Bluetooth, hire a priest to exorcise the phone,,, etc Downloading pictures is a nightmare and not worth the trouble...... Less

KKDESIGN

I use bluetooth to send pictures from my Rugby II phone direct to my laptop, it's rather easy, once you get them paired. Another option is to have a removeable SD card in the phone and plug that into an SD adapter, or USB adapter, and copy them to a computer, this method though is not as user friendly as using bluetooth transfer.

Ian

Thr toughest phone ever!!

This is the toughest phone I have ever had. I was boating recently and my son's blackberry got water on it and died. My phone dropped into 6 inches of water and was there for 20 minutes at least. When I saw it under water I figured it was done. To my surprise I flipped it open and it beeped that I h...More
This is the toughest phone I have ever had. I was boating recently and my son's blackberry got water on it and died. My phone dropped into 6 inches of water and was there for 20 minutes at least. When I saw it under water I figured it was done. To my surprise I flipped it open and it beeped that I had a message and the phone still works great. Battery life is awesome, I didn't charge it for 3 days and battery was still at 100%. If you need something that can take a beating, this is the phone to have. Less

Unhappy

This is the worst phone I have ever owned. Erratic battery life - I can never tell if it might last a few hours or a few days after a full charge, just sitting there. Side buttons cannot be locked, so it takes dozens of pictures of the inside of my pocket or I turn on the speaker phone and blast my e...More
This is the worst phone I have ever owned. Erratic battery life - I can never tell if it might last a few hours or a few days after a full charge, just sitting there. Side buttons cannot be locked, so it takes dozens of pictures of the inside of my pocket or I turn on the speaker phone and blast my ear by accident in the middle of a call. Worst of all, it often goes into "limited service" mode, meaning I cannot receive any calls and I can only call 911. 911, I have an emergency: I want my old Bell CDMA 1X phone back! Less

KKDESIGN

My phone freezes like that occasionally, also. The best way I've found to unfreeze it, is to yank the battery out and put it right back in again, and you're back in business.

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