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Samsung A997 Rugby III

alaTest has collected and analyzed 290 reviews of Samsung A997 Rugby III. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Comments about the performance and screen are overall positive. The price and durability are also mentioned favorably. The GPS navigation and sound get mixed views. Many are less positive about the size.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Samsung A997 Rugby III is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Samsung A997 Rugby III

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 218 user reviews of Samsung A997 Rugby III from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com. People really like the battery and sound. The price and durability are also mentioned favorably. There are some less positive opinions about the GPS navigation, while there are some mixed views about the size.

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82% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung Rugby III Phone (AT&T)Samsung Rugby III Phone (AT&T)

Oct, 2016

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Amazon.ca review summary for Samsung A997 Rugby III

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Samsung A997 Rugby III from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.ca.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung Rugby 3 A997 Unlocked GSM Flip Phone with 3.2MP Camera, Video, GPS, Bluetooth, MP3/MP4 Player, microSD Slot and Extreme Durability (Salt, DustSamsung Rugby 3 A997 Unlocked GSM Flip Phone with 3.2MP Camera, Video, GPS, Bluetooth, MP3/MP4 Player, microSD Slot and Extreme Durability (Salt, Dust

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Jessica Dolcourt (cnet.com)

Samsung Rugby 3 review:

 

Built for durability and outdoor work, the Samsung Rugby 3 is a sturdy clamshell cell phone. It features AT&T's enhanced push-to-talk and noise suppression, and it comes with large, responsive, and widely-spaced buttons that make it possible to hit...

The Samsung Rugby 3 has a terrifically responsive dial pad and enhanced push-to-talk support.

Audio quality was subpar, the shared headset/charger jack is inconvenient, and for a durable phone, the body could be grippier.

Very poor call quality is especially unacceptable on a simple cell phone. Unless you require AT&T's push-to-talk service, keep looking.

Mar, 2013

Expert review by: Brian K. (phonearena.com)

Samsung Rugby III Review

 

Traditionally Nextel and Motorola come to mind when thinking of a ruggedized phone, but both Verizon and AT&T have tried their hands at the market with the Casio G'zOne and Samsung Rugby families, respectively. AT&T's latest Rugby, the aptly-named and...

Good speakerphone ; Improved battery life

Hard, plastic case is not conducive to a ruggedized device ; Our unit was not able to survive the water submersion test

The Samsung Rugby III isn’t a sleek phone, nor is it a smart phone. It is intended to be a big, rugged device that can withstand rough environments. While it performed as expected as a phone, it unfortunately was not able to meet the advertised...

Jan, 2013

Expert review by: Eric M. Zeman (phonescoop.com)

Review: Samsung Rugby III for AT&T

 

Samsung's rugged Rugby line for AT&T goes old-school with this early-oughts throw-back flip. The Rugby III may not be a svelte stunner, but it is a tough telephone.

Mar, 2013

Consumer review by: MerryMaker84567 (cnet.com)

"Great basic phone"

 

Despite what the reviewer says here, I've had great call quality. Of course, I'm coming from a smart phone, so maybe my opinion is a bit skewed. But I also had a land line until recently and it compares pretty favorably to that experience, so I guess...

Phenomenal battery life, nice clear calls, easy to use number pad

Software is pretty terrible to adequate

Apr, 2014

Consumer review by: nicron19 (cnet.com)

"Hardware rocks, software sucks"

 

This is my 4th Samsung flip-top, and the others were all more advanced, even though they were much older models. This is the first time I have been disappointed in a Samsung product. If need a rugged phone for voice calls while you're on a construction...

The phone is solid and the battery life is excellent. Overall the hardware is pretty good, the keypad is better than most flip-tops.

The software is bordering on pathetic.

Jan, 2014

Consumer review by: cavacon (cnet.com)

"not very rugged. far below par of previous versions."

 

The new design lacks the original's toughness. Will not recommend it if you use it above just general use. Unlike the original, you will have to buy a protective case to insure it is safe. I do not recommend for industrial or moderate working environment.

smaller and ease of operation. Screen well lit and easy to see.

Falls well below par if compared with the ruggedness of the original. Hard to hold when using it. Push to talk function still cannot be shut off.

May, 2013

Consumer review by: azurecrimsonrose (cnet.com)

"I love this phone!"

 

I purchased this phone today and I really love it. I do not want or need a smart phone right now and I wanted something that was durable with all physical buttons on it. I also wanted something that had a louder ringer volume than my previous phones,...

all physical buttons

cannot disable the push to talk button

Feb, 2013

Consumer review by: debw (bestbuy.com)

really sturdy and very dependable

 

got this for my brother (and later one for hubby) and they are great for the basic cell phone user. very sturdy, easy to use, fairly large number keys to make it easier for a guy to use and the battery lasts for over 5 days on standby! would recommend...

Apr, 2015

Consumer review by: Kawigal (bestbuy.com)

Good phone

 

My husband loves his Samsung Rugby! He likes a standard "flip Phone". This one is thick enough he can get a good grip on it. He said he likes the size because he "knows it's in my pocket"! It is easy to use, and the sound is clear.

Mar, 2015

Consumer review by: RonMich (bestbuy.com)

Emergency calls only

 

I have had this phone for almost 2 years. Every now and then it loses its connection; the phone's SIM card is not recognized, and it says "Emergency Calls Only." It requires a hard reset (e.g. remove the battery and then put it back) and mostly it will...

Nov, 2014