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Samsung Solid Immerse review

Andrew Williams



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User Score


  • Water and dust-proof
  • Has 3G


  • Slow online features
  • Chunky
  • No 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Mediocre screen

Review Price £99.99

Key Features: 2in 240x320 pixel screen; 3G mobile internet; IP67 water/dust-proofing; Facebook and Twitter integration; Torch

Manufacturer: Samsung

There's been something of a price revolution among rugged phones over the past couple of years. Once, the privilege of having a tough, waterproof phone would cost you hundreds of pounds - but now devices like the Samsung Solid Immerse B7210 give you this sort of all-weather versatility for under a hundred quid.

Rugged phones are changing, becoming mainstream. Devices like the Motorola Defy and upcoming Samsung Galaxy Xcover are starting to make IP67-certified phones seem attractive for normal people, not just builders and polar explorers. The Samsung Solid Immerse isn't quite one of these style trailblazers, using a traditional candybar T9-keypad form factor, but it is cheap enough to be worth considering if you're too clumsy to be left alone with a large-screen smartphone.


The Immerse is the more advanced cousin of the Samsung Solid Extreme. It adds 3G connectivity, boosting the price up from £60 to around £100 on a pre-pay deal. Sounds like quite a lot for a feature phone, doesn't it?

It arguably earns the right to its price tag because it's IP67-certified, guaranteeing a high level of water and dust-proofing. The Solid Immerse is completely dust-proof and can stand immersion in water to a depth of 1m for up to half an hour. Hence the "Immerse" of its name. Geddit?

Solid Immerse 1

It achieves this level of water resistance using rubber seals around any sockets or openings. The battery cover and the flap covering the microUSB both use these seals. Get the Solid Immerse near water without these seals in place and those bold IP67 claims fly out the window.

Always keen to see if we can break a review product blame-free, we naturally dunked the phone in a few watery environments to see if it could cope. It did. We found that the speaker grills tended to retain the water, but this is fixed with a quick smack on the back - like burping a baby, a bit too vigorously.

Solid Immerse 10

IP67 waterproofing - confirmed

Big aesthetic sacrifices have been made to give the phone its ruggedness, though. This is not a good-looking device. It's bulbous, it looks rather old-fashioned and the lettering on the numerical keypad strives for clarity, not style. Solid Immerse 11

Connectivity is also very limited. A microSD slot sits under the battery cover but there's no 3.5mm headphone jack, just a microUSB socket that takes on the holy trinity of mobile duties - charging, data transfer and audio output.

Solid Immerse

There are a few neat design tweaks chucked-in to mitigate. A bright LED torch sits on top of the handset, operated with a prolonged press of a button on the right edge (to avoid accidental use), and a sturdy plastic loop to let you attach the phone to climbing gear - or whatever outdoorsy attire your chosen pursuit might involve. Solid Immerse 4

As we'll say several times in this review - if you inhabit the niche which the Solid Immerse is targeted at, all is good. If not, there's no way you could consider its design a good thing.

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September 19, 2011, 8:31 pm

I've had one of these since January 2011. I use it in tandem with an iPhone and dual SIM cards. I like it.

I mainly use it mountaineering/climbing, biking and kayaking. It handles the odd call or text; letting people know I'm safe, and find that it can easily go for a couple of weeks without charge. I normally leave 3G off and don't use any of the 'features'. In fact I often find myself charging it just in case rather than because it needs it.

It is quite large by modern phone standards, but that means you can use it with gloves and when your hands and fingers are cold. It's also loud in Outdoor mode with a great speaker phone.

It's not a Search and Rescue Transponder or substitute for channel 16 on a VHF radio but it does have a useful emergency mode. Press the volume button 4 times and it will text 3 defined numbers, with a predefined message. In emergency mode the phone will auto answer an incoming call and switch to speaker phone.

It's a very specific tool for a limited number of jobs and does them better than the best smartphones.


September 20, 2011, 3:02 am

It's great to hear the view of someone like yourself MilleM! Thanks.

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