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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

One of the flip-side advantages of not having so much high-tech 3G gadgetry onboard is that the 1000mAh battery pack provides a hefty amount of staying power for general day-to-day usage. Samsung reckons on the phone delivering up to 9 hours of talktime or up to 600 hours standby in optimum conditions.

With just regular voice and calling we easily managed over three days between charges – the sort of staying power that may appeal if you're using the phone in remote areas. Naturally, extensive music player usage will diminish that standby time.

Organiser

Samsung doesn't deliver any surprises or upsets in the Solid Extreme's organiser capabilities. It ticks the list for the usual array of tools – calendar, memo, tasks, world clock, alarms, stopwatch, timer, calculator and converter functions are included, plus there's a voice recording function.

organiser

All of these are standard applications for Samsung handsets, and operate along conventional lines.

Connectivity

Stereo A2DP Bluetooth is available on the Solid Extreme, so you can link a pair of stereo headphones, should you wish to listen to tunes while the phone is submerged or, more likely, if you don't want to expose the connector to the elements. You can transfer files to and from the phone too

calendar

The phone supports USB connectivity, plus mass storage transfer – but as mentioned above, no USB cable is supplied in-box. Nor is there any syncing software provided.

Other

There's a picture editor function on the phone, should you wish to fiddle with your images, and a few games are included as standard – although all but one of the seven, Cannonball, are demo games you can try before you buy.

Comparison

There are one or two other ruggedised phones on the market that may be built to take more knocks, such as the JCB Toughphone, but the Samsung Solid Extreme has better waterproofing qualities than other heavy duty handsets, including the original Samsung Solid and Samsung Bound. Sure, the Bound has a richer set of features, boosted by 3G connectivity and a few extra outward-bound gimmicks (like a compass, pedometer and altimeter), but the Solid Extreme does promise better protection in severely wet conditions.

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