It's not a tough phone. The bits that hold the back panel on break off, so mine's probably not waterproof, the ring is inaudible in noisy environments, and it's not that easy to hear and be heard in noisy environments either.
Samsung disabled moving any apps to SD card, so the "8GB" (4.94GB) internal storage is all you've got, and there's heaps of pre-installed stuff you can't uninstall, like Amazon Kindle (150MB). You can't plug a USB stick into it. If you go on-line it's very slow.
It is a good size, and it's not bad if you don't pay too much for it.
I have had this phone since 2012, so I am going on 5 years. This is the best phone I have ever had. I have rarely seen the battery level below 75%. The phone is tough and can withstand my 2 year-old grandson throwing it on the floor. The only issue I have had is the screen seems to be getting a little slower to respond, but then again, this phone is almost 5 years old, so I still cannot complain.
Double-T, 27 Jun 2017I have this phone as a loaner phone right now and let me tell you it is the worst phone I ever... moreThis is a nearly 5-year-old phone. I bought mine around July of 2014. It was nearly 2 years old then. It worked fine for a year or so. but really started to notice a larger loss of efficiency in the 3rd year of ownership. If all of my original apps had never been updated, it would possibly still work reasonably well, but I believe newer versions of apps crept into my phone and most of them work horribly because they have been improved to work optimally with Android versions 5, 6 & now 7.
I just purchase a Moto e4 from amazon for $129.99. It was just released in June 2017 so I'm hoping it will function fairly well for 3 years. That is a cost of about 13 cents a day.
Shalom and Guns up Double-T
I have this phone as a loaner phone right now and let me tell you it is the worst phone I ever had. I've had blackberrys from 2008 work better than this phone. VERY VERY slow and some apps won't work the way they are supposed to (if at all). Really hoping to get my Galaxy S6 Edge back asap because that phone is a GOD compared to this filth. Of course it's a phone from 2012, so what do you expect? But stay away from this phone even if you want it for durability it would still be a mistake.
The worst, by long run, cell phone I ever have.
Overheat, closed without reason, battery life not really long, speaker cut suddenly, can't do two thing at the same time because it overheat it... and it closed.
Really, it's a shitty phone, do not place a dime on this.
Joe, 30 Mar 2017Just type *#*#4636#*#* u will be able to setup d network u want, either 2G, WCDMA, 4G etcJoe, thanks very much for the info. Its very helpful have been struggling with changing from 4G. It slows my phone badly, but its okay now. Thanks.
Nikki, 06 May 2015i can't run 3G network on this phone. There is no option in the mobile network manu for WCDMA ... moreJust type *#*#4636#*#* u will be able to setup d network u want, either 2G, WCDMA, 4G etc
Cal Wesson, 23 Dec 2016I bought this device in 2013 based on reviews praising its ruggedness because I am clumsy. Unq... moreI've had my rugby for more years than I can count.the only reason I switched was a problem with the charging port. The size was perfect for an outside person such as myself. If you need more technology than it provides you don't need a cell phone, you need a laptop, you have way too much time on your hands.
I bought this device in 2013 based on reviews praising its ruggedness because I am clumsy. Unquestionably it is the worst technology purchase I ever made ... and I first programmed with punch cards.
.. Yes, it *IS* tough ... & the list of positives comes to a dramatic, locked brakes, stop right there! It drives one mad it is so slow.
>> When I sought tech support at my local big name vendor (I always buy unlocked phones & use their pre-paid plans ... we are on first name basis), they laughed & said they actively directed customers away from buying this model because it is such ****. They did their best, but it still does a perfect imitation of a constipated glacier in its speed.
.. Being as I am on a very limited fixed income, this is not something I can simply discard & replace. Oh, but I regret I cannot!
Love the phone, but I changed computers and need the software to sync all my data, music, photos, calendar and contacts before upgrading to a new phone.
I love this phone strong durable and even better than all the Samsung I have used beset ever
xddd, 02 Nov 2015Hi. mostly I use jeans all day. Does it slip in and out of jeans pocket easily?I never had that problem. I've dropped the phone once fishing it out, but that more of my fault then anything that could be attributed to the phone. Since you wear jeans, you'll have a belt. So buy a clip on case. They're pretty cheap and do alot of preventing accidental fallage. And if you do drop a rugby it's likely it won't be damaged at all. These things are super-tough. I've dropped mine on cement twice and they were okay.
I've had this phone for 4 years. I really should upgrade but this thing is bulletproof. It has survived any and all abuse I could throw at it and still works perfectly. If you need a durable phone that can stand up to the mining industry, find a used one and buy it.
I bought a vivofit and my phone will not accept it!!
Second device that it won't acceot
mostly I use jeans all day. Does it slip in and out of jeans pocket easily?
I've had this device 2 years now so it's stood the test of time for me. I work outdoors and I haven't babied this phone at all. It's had lots of knocks and abuse and it's still fully functional. I've had it rooted for about a year, instructions to root this phone can be found at http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2006388. Overall I'm happy with this phone AFTER it was rooted. The biggest minus against this phone is that it doesn't have enough ram or internal storage memory. However it is durable, it's a nice size for one-handed use and to keep in a shirt pocket, it has decent battery life and it's fast enough (once it's rooted). Another plus is you can add a microsd card for extra storage. To be honest even though my contract has expired on this phone I can't really find anything out there that has the right balance of durability, power, and size that would be a big enough improvement to bother with replacing it.
I have had this phone (upgraded)for about 1 year and am totally disgusted hangups freezes cuts off and on "by itself or is bugged even calls my landline at times Paying over 2X what can get Straight Talk Unlimited for.
I love this phone . Had it for 2 years . Not a scratch . The clips on the battery cover have broken off thought after being slammed on tile floors and stepped on . Still use it in the shower and works fine . I had to disable alot of preinstalled apps to speed it up though and I dont have a sd card for it so memory is extremely limited . Im getting the xperia z3 compact next only because they never made an updated version of this phone
I had an HTC One but I messed it up pretty bad and luckily my family plan had insurance. Well I didn't know that insurance wouldn't get me a replacement of my HTC One instead I settled for this piece of junk. First time I got it, it would drop my calls, the 2nd time AT&T send me a 'new'one anyone I'd talk to on the other end could not hear me, and the 3rd time is when I discovered how SLOW it was. When At&T sent me the same phone again I sent the same one back and figured I'd just get out of the contract when it ended. BIGGEST MISTAKE. This phone is a piece of crap. It takes about 1 minute to open any app I tap on. I always say to my friends that if I should ever need to call the police because of a life threatening situation I would probably die before this phone gets to the call screen. Heck, for that matter nothing ever loads. If I text, the screen suddenly goes to the home screen. Or goes back to something I was working on 2 hours ago. But wait, that's not all, the mic magically stops working and works again when it pleases. On top of glitching, it's as though I don't have a smartphone but instead a desktop computer from the 90's in my hand. I've spoken to AT&T about this and each time they send me the same phone. Awful 'help'. Awful piece of a 'phone'.