Samsung Rugby Smart review: Tough INC.

GSMArena team, 08 March 2012.
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User interface: Android Gingerbread and TouchWiz 4.0

The Samsung Rugby Smart runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread with Samsung's TouchWiz launcher out of the box. The experience which the device offers is practically the same as every top shelf Samsung smartphone on the market today. Check it out in action below.

The lockscreen holds no surprises. It can be swiped away in any direction. The cool feature where missed events (messages, calls etc) get their own unlock patterns is here too.

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The lockscreen is business as usual

The homescreen accommodates tons of widgets with lots of functionality. You can have up to 7 homescreens. A pinch zoom brings you to an aggregate view of all homescreen panes, which can be edited: rearranged, deleted or added.

Widgets, shortcuts or folders are pulled onto the homescreen from a drawer that appears at the bottom of the screen once you enter edit mode (press and hold on an empty spot or do Menu > Add).

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The Rugby Smart's homescreen • Editing the homescreen

The numbered dots that identify the homescreen panels serve as a scroll bar too. A press and hold on the dots lets you scroll sideways through the resized images of the available homescreen panes in one short go rather than with several swipes.

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Scrolling between homescreens

The app launcher is very similar to the homescreen - you can create folders to go with your shortcuts and you can add, remove and rearrange pages just like you would homescreens.

You can choose List view instead of the regular grid view if you prefer.

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The app launcher • Rearranging pages in the app launcher • List view

In typical TouchWiz fashion, there are four shortcuts docked at the bottom of the screen that are visible both on the homescreen and in the app launcher. You can swap the first three with different ones (by default the shortcuts are Phone, Contacts, Messaging), the fourth one being locked. It's the app drawer/home shortcut so it makes sense to always keep it in the same place.

The notification area has been slightly remodeled in TouchWiz 4.0, but there aren't any major changes to the functionality there.

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The notification area

The custom task manager, which Samsung have preinstalled, offers a lot of functionality. It also comes with a handy widget which shows you the number of active applications right on your homescreen.

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The task manager

The Samsung Rugby Smart comes with a modest amount of preinstalled AT&T apps. Thankfully, most of them can be removed out of the box.

Synthetic benchmarks

This should hardly come as surprise - the Samsung Rugby Smart's benchmark scores are identical to the ones we saw on the Samsung Galaxy W. As you probably know, the two devices share the same CPU, chipset, as well as RAM memory.

Having that in mind, the device did quite well for a single-core handset. Here are some of the results for you.

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Quadrant • Antutu • Pi • Linpack (single thread)

The device's real life performance was faultless. Despite its aged hardware, the Samsung Rugby Smart handled all tasks with ease and no lag whatsoever.

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