Hard, plastic case is not conducive to a ruggedized device
The Samsung Rugby III isn't a sleek phone, nor is it a smart phone. It is intended to be a big, rugged device that can withstand rough environments. While it performed as expected as a phone, it unfortunately was not able to meet the advertised certifications. The only reason you buy a phone like the Rugby III is because you're hard on them, and it doesn't seem like the phone can stand up to that kind of punishment.
Good battery life
If you're looking for a phone that passes by as being just a phone, then the Pantech Breeze II should prove to be a decent solution for you. However, we were surprised to see how much depth the phone has when it comes to features and performance. But at the same time with its option for the Breeze Mode, it takes the pain out of getting too bogged down for those who aren't necessarily up to speed with the modern conveniences of most phones.
The keys are large enough for big stubby fingers and are to easy find without looking at the keypad.
The EM330 does most things well, but nothing that stands out in this ever-increasing market of music playing phones. For each positive aspect to the EM330, it has its negatives. However, for just AU$99 it's a great deal for teenagers or adults that just want a simple phone that can play their MP3s.
A brick. Survived the washing machine
RUGGED. Left it in my pocket and got washed. Didn't realize until I transferred my clothes to the dryer. I couldn't believe it survived. Both screens and the camera had some moisture, but the battery compartment was completely dry. I immediately took the battery out and put everything in a jar and added some moisture absorbing silica I saved from food packaging. Next day, I turned it on and it did. It worked. The screens were a bit clouded because some moisture was still there.
An image of the Sony Ericsson W350 in ice blue for AT&T Image © Sony Ericsson
Despite a pricey retail tag of $229.99 from AT&T, singing a two-year service contract (which is often standard in the U.S. when purchasing a cell phone today) brings the price down to a manageable $79.99. Online discounts and other specials can knock the cost down even further to $29.99.
Buried in the W350's details, we also have one other interesting perk: its talk time.
The Sony Ericsson W350 looks fantastic, but its performance doesn't quite live up. Perhaps we've been spoiled by the high-end Walkman experience we've had on other Sony Ericsson phones, like the but as a bargain phone, with a low-resolution screen and some flimsy hardware, the Walkman experience just doesn't work. We love the design, but when the tiny buttons and difficult controls make using the device more difficult, that love begins to wane.
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