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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