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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

camera

Imaging quality is also distinctly entry level on the Solid Extreme. Its 1.3-megapixel camera, which has no autofocus setup or flash, is very limited in its picture capture capabilities.

viewfinder

With a maximum 1,280x1,024 pixels resolution, shots are lacking in real detail. The camera also shows some colour shadowing bleed in bright conditions, and images are soft and lacking in definition.

In strong light, long shots can look acceptable, though they lack detail:

boats

At the maximum 4x digital zoom, image quality deteriorates considerably:

zoom

You can take quick snaps, but detail is limited if you want to print shots:

van

In bright light, with strong colours images can look soft and colours appear to bleed:

flowers

In more subdued outdoors lighting, colours look fine but definition is not great:

fruit veg

Without a flash, indoor shots show increased graininess, and low light images are poor with dark, noisy results.

Although there are a decent bunch of familiar cameraphone settings to hand, the user interface is compromised by the viewfinder settings.

There's no dedicated camera button on the handset, and pictures are framed and shot in portrait orientation rather than the landscape orientation found on most contemporary cameraphones.

However, the default setting for the viewfinder is full screen, so effectively part of the image you're shooting isn't visible on the viewfinder. The results can show bits of shots you didn't realise you were taking, which isn't great.

We'd recommend switching the viewfinder mode in the menus to see the whole image in standard ratio – although, because of the limited screen size, the view is small and lacking in detail.

At least you don't have to wait long for the camera to fire up – just 2 to 3 seconds from the menus – and processing images is prompt enough.

It is possible to adjust settings such as brightness levels, exposure controls and white balance, plus add colour effects or frames, and there's a 4x digital zoom. But none of that is really able to change the fundamental lack of quality in the shots.

Video capture is possible on this device too, but again it's not up to much – it can shoot at maximum 176x144 pixels resolution at up to 15 frames per second, delivering very basic footage that looks poor and jerky on playback.

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