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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

samsung solid extreme 2100

Functional rather than pretty, the Samsung Solid Extreme manages to maintain reasonable bodyweight (103g) and proportions (113(h) x 49(w) x 17.1(d)mm), so it's sturdy rather than overly chunky.

It's available in all black or with some metallic red trim down the curvy front and back edges – the latter offsetting the austere look slighty.

Looks

It's very similar in looks to the Bound, and also has a curvy lanyard loop built into the rear panel – though there's no lanyard or hook in-box. The back panel and sides also have slight grooves to help you grip the phone.

The rubber-feel casing gives the phone good handling characteristics for using in the wet or cold weather. It fits nicely in the hand and is well weighted too.

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Waterproofing requirements demand a lockable back panel, which can be opened or closed by turning a screw, using a coin or similar object. The sealed back panel is trickier to wedge open and remove than on an average handset – though in this case, that's a good thing.

Samsung has hidden away the phone's MicroSD card slot under the 1000mAh battery pack, which is not ideal for access – you have to power down the phone to switch cards – but is perhaps more forgivable because of the structural requirements needed to seal the phone.

The phone can handle MicroSD cards up to 8GB, though no card is provided in-box. With only 10MB of internal storage you'll certainly have to get one if you want to make use of the music player.

Around the sides of the phone, there's a regular Samsung multi-connector socket, protected under a plastic bung, plus a trio of curved buttons.

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These offer a tactile, easy-to-feel way of controlling the volume – and also of activating the phone's built-in flashlight. This is located at the top of the casing, and provides a powerful beam that will be welcome out in the wilds at night.

On the front, the 1.77-inch, 128x160 pixel display is disappointingly small and has a low resolution. Compared to other more mid-range Samsung handsets, the Solid Extreme's 262K-colour display lacks detail for imaging, and the user interface graphics look a little blocky. It certainly gives the handset a more budget feel than its protective shell might suggest.

Like the more highly-specced Bound, the numberpad comprises a single plastic sheet of keys. This maintains the integrity of the waterproofing but doesn't do a lot for the texting action. It's a bit spongy for fast message tapping, though the numbers are large enough and adequately defined to avoid mispressing. Speedy texters may not enjoy it, though it's chunky enough for cold or wet fingers to press.

It'll probably pass muster for texting with light gloves on too, though it was too awkward for our thicker ski gloves to negotiate.

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