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Samsung Solid Extreme B2100 review



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Samsung has a bit of a history of making toughened handsets for the rough and tumble of outdoor life. The latest incarnation, the Solid Extreme B2100, follows in the footsteps of the original Samsung Solid M110, and the B2700 Bound.

The Solid Extreme looks more like the Bound than the original Solid and is being sold in some quarters as the B2100 Xplore, which is what it was called on Samsung's original press release. The B2100 part of its name remains intact whether it is called Solid Extreme or Xplore though, and it is best thought of as a less well-featured alternative to the B2700 Bound.

The point of this mobile, like its predecessors, is to survive harsh conditions outdoors. It aims to be the kind of phone you can take hiking, mountain biking, hill climbing and so on without it wimping out when it gets dropped, complaining of a cracked screen, waterlogged parts, etc. Flashes of red along the long edges give it a little touch of distinctiveness too.

Not surprisingly, then, the Solid Extreme is made of fairly robust materials. The casing is IP57 certified, which means it can withstand dust and water. It will cope with being immersed in a metre of water for 30 minutes, apparently. Oh, and it is compliant with Military Standard 810F too, which means it can survive salt fog, extreme heat and cold, and blowing rain.

To achieve that state the handset has a toughened rubberised casing with minimal openings. The number pad is a single sheet of rubber with each key a raised pad. It was easy enough to use at a leisurely pace, though speed-texters might find it a bit unresponsive. The rubbery, non-slip finish to the buttons make it easier than usual to paw at when wearing gloves and the rubbery finish of the entire chassis should make gripping it with gloves more secure than your standard shiny plastic chassis.

The backplate fits very snugly and can only be removed by using a coin, screwdriver or something similar to unlock it. I found a fingernail was not tough enough for this job.

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August 14, 2009, 11:30 am

I think this review is very superficial, from the gadget-freak-trendy-journalist-chick point of view.

I'm a graphic designer, not doing much outdoors... But in the last less than two years I "used up"

an iPhone, a Samsung U900, and a SE 980i... all very sleek and stylish. They unbelievable thin,

so put them in your Jeans back pocket and sit down... or does anyone ever used the secondary camera

for video calls? Does people really do email and web browsing on those tiny dark screens?

Maybe I'm strange, but what I expect from a phone is (these days surprisingly calls and texts,

reliability longer than a year life time, possible least amount of cameras, mp3playback the bluetooth transfer is great,

the player should be a little more polished. I do my web browsing and computing jobs preferably

on my 24" screen or if all else fails I use my netbook on the go...


August 14, 2009, 6:45 pm

"from the gadget-freak-trendy-journalist-chick point of view."


Martin Daler

August 14, 2009, 10:28 pm

Yup, I'm with Robi on this one. After all, the wifi signal down at the beach or building site or wherever is likely to be patchy at best - what matters is, will it still work after bouncing off the floor, being dropped in the sand or the briny. Does it sink or float, can I use it with gloves on. The phone should be tested and reviewed with reference to its intended purpose and environment, and I didn't get the feeling that happened in this review.

Drew 1

August 14, 2010, 1:43 pm

Agreed, this phone is brilliant at what it does, surviving being dropped and getting wet.

I have had one for a few months now and so far it has done what I needed it to when I needed it to, including phoning the emergency services after a serious crash and being able to take good enough photos at the scene to prove who was to blame (Not me by the way)

The music player on this phone is a nice added bonus, and the internal speaker is remarkably clear for the size of the phone.

Looking at your overall score for this phone i cant inderstand why its so low as the samsung is perfect for the market it has been aimed at.

the only thing I would fault the handset for is for not having the flash light on the back of the phone rather than the top.this way it could have been used to assist the camera as well as a flash light.

Brilliant phone, wouldnt part with it for the world 9/10.

harry betzel

March 18, 2013, 10:12 pm

Everyone giving bad reviews, why, don't need the web don't need the texting, just set it to fade after 10 seconds then sleep after 3 minutes, lasts a bout a week for me, 90 percent of the phones you want to have a flashlight feature is gonna cost big money, this is all you need to make phonecalls and use the flashlight in emergencies

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