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.
A Full Day’s Work Makes the Rugby Smart Perfect for Business
As far as most business consumers are concerned, a smartphone is now a necessity for almost anyone in a typical corporate environment. Their high-speed data connectivity and ability to access remote servers and data via the cloud makes them an indispensable tool among the world’s most high-powered professionals. The Samsung Rugby Smart combines its long battery life with its enhanced durability in an effort to be the perfect device for business users on the go.
When put to the test, the 1,600 mAh lithium-ion battery included with this powerful little phone lasts more than eleven hours. That’s under high stress, such as watching a video or turning the screen on full brightness and exposing the phone to near-constant use. Most users won’t be watching videos or leaving the screen on all day long, which means they’ll get even long battery life from this very tough phone. Considering the average businessperson spends between eight and ten hours per day in the office or on the road, the Rugby Smart squeaks by without requiring a single charge from most of its intended users.
On top of its battery life, the Rugby Smart is a highly durable device. It’s able to be dropped, submerged, and even exposed to high levels of dust and fine dirt without becoming damaged, malfunctioning, or requiring any cleaning. That’s perfect for the business traveler who is known for living a hectic lifestyle where gravity all-too-often takes its toll on a tech gadget or two.
A Few Drawbacks, Courtesy of Android
One of the unfortunate things about Samsung Rugby Smart battery life is that it’s actually not being used to its full potential by the operating system. While Android 2.3 “Gingerbread” was specifically optimized for longer battery life, the operating system is now nearly a year outdated (having been replaced by Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich”); the new version of Android offers even better battery life using the same device and the same battery size. It’s designed to compensate for the drain that 4G data can inflict on a battery, whereas Android 2.3 “Gingerbread” was designed for a world with slower data, smaller screens, and less-demanding customers.
That said, however, the device is one of the most durable and longest-lasting Android smartphones currently on the market. Samsung is working to diligently push the Android 4.0 update to all of its current-generation devices, helping to eliminate the primary drawback of the Samsung Rugby Smart. When that happens, expect this phone’s battery to shine on for an even longer period of time, as optimizations push it to the next level of reliability and longevity.