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Samsung Solid Immerse review

A tough, no nonsense candybar phone for clumsy people - but short on features

Our Verdict

A rugged phone with a weak battery performance and painful performances from its camera and connectivity

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 30 MB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 2 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 19 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 240 x 320

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For

  • Tough and solid
  • Good keypad
  • Built-in torch
  • FM radio
  • Twitter and Facebook possible at a pinch
  • Cheap price tag

Against

  • Seems to suffer from poor battery life
  • Web browser is poor
  • 3G but not HSDPA
  • No Wi-Fi
  • Camera is poor

We all know about Samsung and its phones, right? Samsung has just set the new high standard for a smartphone with its Galaxy S2 – an absolute stunner that garnered a much-coveted five stars from us.

But the company does more than just set the standards in smartphones. It's had a rugged range for a while now. Anyone remember the Samsung Solid Extreme, or Samsung Bound, for example? The Solid Immerse is the latest in this established line.

If you want a rugged Android smartphone then we recommend the Motorola Defy, but not everyone wants or needs smartphone fanciness. If candybar is more your thing, then Samsung has the pedigree.

Samsung solid immerse review

What you trade off, though, is specifications. Solid shell, yes. Mind-blowing specs, no. The Samsung Solid Immerse manages 3G but not HSDPA, has a 2-inch screen, a 2MP camera and no Wi-Fi. It does have GPS, and some social networking support, but with a proprietary OS you can't exactly pepper it with third-party apps.

For £10 per month on contract or £100 outright, it's hardly going to bankrupt you should you drop and break it... but then again, you could probably get a refund should that happen.

The Samsung Solid Immerse certainly is tough. The chunky chassis has a non-slip finish so you can carry the phone easily when wearing gloves, or when your hands are slippery.

Samsung solid immerse

The physical front buttons are large and fairly easy to prod with gloved hands, though if you have big rugby player-style digits you may have a problem.

Samsung solid immerse

The side buttons are similarly chunky, with a sizeable volume rocker on the left and probably our favourite feature – a torch button – on the right. There's an LED on the top edge that you turn on and off with this. Now, the torch won't get you off Bodmin Moor in a raging thunderstorm, but it will help you find your car keys in the dark.

Samsung solid immerse

Also on the right-hand edge there's a covered slot for the mains power and headphones connector. The fact that this slot is covered is important, as is the fact that the backplate is held on by a tight screw that can only be released with a screwdriver or very tough fingernail.

You see, the Samsung Solid Immerse is certified dustproof and waterproof to IP67. We explain what that means and how we tested it in the Ruggedness section of this review.

Samsung solid immerse

The whole package adds up to a somewhat fat and ungainly-looking mobile that measures 120.8mm tall, 52.1mm wide and a generous 17.9mm thick. There's even a sizeable notch on the top edge through which you can pass a lanyard if you want to look like a complete idiot stylish builder and wear your phone around your neck.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported16 GB
Built-in Memory30 MB
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Rear Camera Resolution2 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemProprietary OS
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time19 Hour
Screen Size5.1 cm (2")
Screen Resolution240 x 320
Weight (Approximate)116 g
Maximum Video Resolution320 x 240
Messaging TypeEmail, Instant Messaging, SMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service)
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log
Height121 mm
Width53 mm
Depth18 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerSamsung
Product NameB2710 Cellular Phone
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeDigital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-B2710IKAXEU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing InformationThe Solid Immerse lets you live life to the fullest and will release your more adventurous side. With dust-proof, water-proof (fully submersible), and even scratch and shock proof technology, life's little tumbles won't prevent you from keeping connected. The Solid Immerse packs in loads of other features including SNS and IM services, an easy-to-use keyboard, and new direction sensing technology that means you'll never lose your way. Take a walk on the wilder side of life with the Samsung Solid Immerse.

Scratch & Shock Protector (Anti-scratch Screen)
Made for a rugged lifestyle, this mobile is designed to stand up to the rough and tumble of an active life. The anti-scratch screen (4H hardness) is extra hard to withstand scratches from falling out of the pocket while rock climbing or simply rubbing against keys in a backpack.

Dust & Water Protector (IP67 certified & US Military Standard)
Samsung's Solid Immerse comes protected from the elements so you don't need to worry about dirt or water getting on the mobile and impairing it. Whether whitewater rafting down a river or dirt bike riding in the mud, you never need to worry about messy splashes or intrusive dust. In fact, the mobile operates up to 1 meter underwater and can stay submersed for up to 30 minutes.
Package Contents
  • B2710 Cellular Phone
  • Battery
  • Charger
  • Headset