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Samsung Solid Extreme B2100 - Samsung Solid Extreme B2100

By Sandra Vogel



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Of course there is a camera, but its qualities are lacking. Shooting stills at a maximum of 1,280 x 1,024 pixels - that's 1.3-megapixels - is a very long way from state of the art. And as with the B2700 Bound, Samsung has decided to do something very silly with the viewfinder. There are various viewfinder modes, but only one shows what you'll actually get in a shot. This uses just part of the small screen, making framing pictures a squint-inducing process. Choose any of the other modes, and what you see on screen includes a whole lot of edging that doesn't appear in the final shot.

Actual shots are of quite good quality for a 1.3-megapixel camera, though. The coloured dish, photographed indoors under ordinary household lights, is a bit dark but has good colour reproduction. The chair is quite sharp, though it does have pink and blue hues where it should be uniformly white. The flowers are pretty good and their colouring is spot on.

There is an FM radio from which you can record. Battery life is superb - I got over 13 and a half hours of music playback and had to stop benchmarking before the battery gave out - it still had one of its five bars left, which could indicate another couple of hours of playback.

There is 10MB of built-in memory but you don't get a PC link for file transfer. If you want to copy music (or other) files to and from microSD cards you'll be irritated that the slot is under the battery. Usually that is unforgivable, but in this case it is perfectly understandable. Placing the slot anywhere else might have caused problems with the dust and water resistant properties of the phone as obviously a side-mounted slot is less easy to protect.

Other apps include mobile email, calendar, memo maker, task manager, clock, calculator, converter, voice recorder, timer, stopwatch and a couple of games.


Don't get worked up about the Samsung Solid Extreme if it's specs you're looking for. Thinking of it as a second handset for weekends away might be a better idea. If, of course, you can live without the fancy things your main handset offers.

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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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