While many of us head into the outdoors to disconnect and spend some time away from our devices, many outdoor enthusiasts still bring along a cellular phone. Smartphones have become our cameras, apps provide GPS coordinates and maps, and the ability to simply dial out may be the best way forward in an emergency situation. In fact, it is recommended that outdoor enthusiasts carry some kind of communication device, and a cellular phone is often all that is needed.
But the outdoors aren’t always the friendliest environment for our phones. How many of you have cracked the screen of your smartphone when you dropped it on a rock? Or drowned your phone in a creek?
The Samsung Rugby III might be the answer. I’m a smartphone kind of girl, but when it comes to simply needing a durable phone I can use for calls or texts, this phone’s durability made it a trustworthy companion on the trail. The Samsung Rugby III is water resistant, shock resistant, and dust-proof so there’s not much Mother Nature can throw at it that it can’t handle. No more storing the phone safely away in your backpack. You can keep this one handy in your pocket and not be afraid if it ends up on the ground.
Beyond that, the phone is pretty simple. It has a 3 megapixel camera if you did want to take a picture, and noise cancellation technology for clear conversations. Unfortunately, I live in a place that has very limited network connectivity (Banff National Park). I did have the chance to make some calls from some trails in the town’s vicinity and the top of Tunnel Mountain, and I was happy with the clarity of the conversations. Finally, I love the “feel” of the phone’s dialling pad. Large buttons made one-hand dialling easier – something that comes in handy when you’ve got a hiking pole or camera in the other hand.
So, for people playing in the outdoors or working in rough conditions – contractors, photographers, traildogs – the Samsung Rugby III is droppable and durable.
What good is a phone if you can’t use it, right?
Thanks to TELUS for lending me the Samsung Rugby III for review.