There is perhaps no more intense, damaging sport than rugby. Its players are among the biggest, toughest, and most banged up among athletes around the world. It makes sense, then, that Samsung would name its latest smartphone after this so-called “gentleman’s game,” as the phone is built tough and equipped with a stunningly long battery life. The phone is designed for business and consumer users who have a tough relationship with things like gravity, water, and even dust — as well as a tough relationship with things like 4G data, battery drain, and constantly checking social networking sites via their smartphone.
A Modest Battery that Packs a Punch
The Samsung Rugby Smart comes packed with a 1,600 mAh lithium-ion battery. It’s certainly not a small battery, but it’s not the largest on the market, either. While it’s larger than the battery found in the competing iPhone and some Android devices, it’s actually smaller than most of the batteries found in larger, four-inch Android smartphones that are currently on the market. The device compensates for this slightly smaller battery by putting Android’s software optimization to good use and controlling the energy it uses to power its stunning screen and touch-input features.
First and foremost, the Samsung Rugby Smart packs only a 3.7″ screen, making it roughly the same size as the current Apple iPhone. This smaller screen allows it to conserve battery life, as larger screens tend to consume a phone’s battery much more quickly due to their increased brightness, size, and color depth. It pairs that screen with the highly-optimized Android 2.3 operating system, which was specifically retooled and refined to place less stress on mobile batteries in both smartphones and tablet devices.
Furthermore, while most new phones on the AT&T network are taking advantage of 4G LTE speeds (a decidedly huge drain on battery life), the Samsung Rugby Smart connects to the company’s enhanced-backhaul HSPA+ network. It’s still branded as 4G, and it’s sufficiently fast, but it’s much easier on battery longevity.