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Samsung Solid Extreme B2100 review

It's harder than most and can survive underwater - but is it right for you?

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 7 MB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 1.3 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 9 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 120 x 160

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For

  • Waterproofing
  • Tough build quality
  • Decent music player
  • MicroSD card support
  • Excellent call quality

Against

  • No 3G
  • Low quality 1.3-megapixel camera
  • Basic Wap browser
  • Rubbery keypad
  • No USB cable or memory card supplied

If you're after a tough-living phone that can withstand bad weather and ill-treatment – including a bit of underwater dunking – the Samsung Solid Extreme B2100 could be a mobile that's well worth looking at.

While Samsung has made durable handsets in the past – including the recent Samsung Bound and original Solid – the Samsung Solid Extreme is the best equipped yet to handle extreme conditions, with a waterproof casing and military-grade imperviousness to the elements.

The Solid Extreme is a candybar-style phone, aimed squarely at outdoors sports and leisure enthusiasts, and those who need a more resilient handset.

It's been built to comply with the IEC IP57 standard, so it can survive at least half an hour's full submersion in 1 metre of water, as well as being dust-resistant.

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In addition, the phone has been toughened up to comply with the US military MIL-STD-810F standard which means it can withstand blowing rain, salt, fog, humidity, solar radiation, shock, vibration and extreme temperatures.

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While it's built to withstand a bit of rough stuff, the Samsung Solid Extreme isn't the most feature-laden of handsets. Unlike the Samsung Bound, it lacks 3G, relying on quad-band GSM and GPRS and EDGE data connectivity, thus limiting its multimedia muscle.

It has a camera, but it's a mere 1.3-megapixel entry-level snapper. There's no GPS (or compass software, as there is on the Bound), and no Wi-Fi.

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While the music player software and an FM radio do add to the entertainment factor, this phone has a distinctly lower-range feel to its under-the-bonnet gadgetry.

That entry-level feature count is reflected in its budget pricing – it joins Samsung line-up at around £80-£100 on pre-pay or SIM-free (it's free with contract deals). Consequently, we can see this phone having plenty of appeal as a secondary handset for folk who enjoy the great outdoors who don't want to ruin their main handset on their adventures.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
USBYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported8 GB
Built-in Memory7 MB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Rear Camera Resolution1.3 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time9 Hour
Product ModelB2100 Solid Extreme
Screen Size4.5 cm (1.8")
Screen Resolution120 x 160
Weight (Approximate)88 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Maximum Video Resolution120 x 160
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service)
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log, Caller ID, Call Timer, Push-to-talk, Conference Call
Height113 mm
Width49 mm
Depth17.1 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerSamsung
Product NameB2100 Solid Extreme Cellular Phone
Screen TypeLCD
Manufacturer Part Number5051495093324
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

The slim and stylish Samsung Solid Extreme delivers the best of both worlds. It is packed with outdoor friendly features such as loud external speakers and water resistance, which perform in even the harshest of elements, while still maintaining a stylish look and feel. This mobile phone is perfect for all occasions.

Package Contents
  • B2100 Solid Extreme Cellular Phone
  • Battery
  • Travel Adapter (Charger)
  • User Manual
Limited Warranty2 Year