The Samsung A837 Rugby was first announced and released in September 2008. It was a rugged flip phone designed to withstand tough conditions and was targeted toward outdoor enthusiasts, construction workers, and other individuals who needed a durable phone. The phone has been discontinued and is no longer available for purchase from Samsung or other retailers.
Design and Display
The Samsung A837 Rugby was a rugged flip phone designed to withstand tough conditions. It had dimensions of 100 x 52 x 23 mm and weighed 132 g, making it a relatively compact and lightweight phone given its durability features.
The phone had a Mini-SIM card slot and was compliant with MIL-STD-810F, which means it met certain military standards for resistance to humidity, transport, rain, vibration, salt, dust, solar radiation, and thermal shock. This made it suitable for use in a variety of environments and conditions.
The Samsung A837 Rugby had a TFT display with 256K colors that measured 2.0 inches diagonally. It had a resolution of 176 x 220 pixels, which was relatively low by modern standards, but was still sufficient for basic phone functions. The phone featured an external 1″ monochrome display that could display incoming call information and notifications.
The Samsung A837 Rugby had a main camera with a resolution of 1.3 megapixels. This camera was capable of taking photos and recording videos at a maximum resolution of 176 x 144 pixels and a frame rate of 15 frames per second.
The video recording quality was relatively low by modern standards, but it was still suitable for recording basic videos such as short clips or basic footage. The camera was not designed to take high-quality photos or videos, but it was adequate for basic use.
The Samsung A837 Rugby had an internal memory of 128MB, which was not a large amount of storage compared to modern smartphones. However, the device also featured a microSD card slot, which could be used to expand the storage capacity up to 8GB.
In the phonebook, the device could store up to 1000 entries, each with a photo assigned to them. The call records could store up to 30 received, dialed, and missed calls, allowing the user to keep track of their call history.
Sound and Features
The Samsung A837 Rugby is a rugged mobile phone designed for outdoor use, featuring a range of features that make it perfect for use in tough environments. It comes equipped with a loudspeaker for clear audio playback, and while it doesn’t have a 3.5mm jack, it supports Bluetooth 2.0 and A2DP for wireless audio streaming. The phone lacks WLAN but has A-GPS and AT&T Navigator for location-based services.
It doesn’t have a built-in radio, but it does have a range of games, and it supports Java MIDP 2.1 for additional app functionality. It also features an MP3/WAV/AAC+ player and an MP4/H.263 player, allowing for multimedia playback. Other features include an organizer, push-to-talk functionality, voice memo, and predictive text input.
The Samsung A837 Rugby is powered by a removable Li-Ion 1000 mAh battery that offers a standby time of up to 250 hours and a talk time of up to 5 hours. The battery can be easily replaced in case of any issues or damage. The device comes with a micro USB 2.0 port for charging and data transfer.
The phone also supports a wide range of power-saving features to help conserve battery life. The device is available in two color options, Red on Black and Yellow on Black, and was released at a price of around 130 EUR.