The Samsung Solid Immerse’s keypad is, like the rest of the phone, designed to keep out water. There are no proper gaps between the keys. Instead the whole pad is a single piece of rubberised plastic. This doesn’t hamper operation, though, as each key is well-contoured and fairly large. Typing away on an old-fashioned numerical keypad feels distinctly old school, but is comfortable and reasonably quick.
Continuing the trad style, the 2in display is not a touchscreen. It’s a 240×320 pixel panel, the standard resolution for screens of this size. There’s no denying it’s a low-tech affair, but with a dpi of 200 it’s reasonably sharp when not viewed too close-up.
Viewing angles are poor though, looking either too dark or washed out when turned left or right. Phones of £60 and above normally feature higher-quality displays than this. The panel itself sits behind a thick layer of scratch-resistant plastic, protecting it from knocks and scrapes. It’s pretty effective too – having picked up no marks in spite of some uncaring treatment over our test period.
The camera lens is also housed behind a sheet of protective material – the actual sensor is recessed fairly deeply into the phone’s back. It’s doesn’t really deserve royal treatment, though. With two megapixels, fixed focus and no flash, the results are poor. Colours are dim and little fine detail is captured. Without autofocus onboard, you can’t take proper close-ups either, although you can get a reasonable focus on objects an arm’s length away.
Control over your images is pretty limited too. There’s exposure compensation, a timer, some white balance modes – plus Beauty, Smile and Panorama shooting modes, but this is all standard stuff at this point. We’re sure the Panorama mode will come in handy as you scale your second summit of the day though, and the forests of Borneo spread out into the distance. But if you’re planning on undertaking such a trek, we’d hope you would pack a half-decent camera.
The internal memory, around 25MB is user-accessible, supplies room for at least 30 photos at 2MP resolution. No microSD card was supplied with our review unit, but you can pick up a 4GB card for just a few pounds online.