Samsung Solid Immerse review

A tough, no nonsense candybar phone for clumsy people - but short on features

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Samsung Solid Immerse review: Verdict

Samsung solid immerse review

The Samsung Solid Immerse is certainly a tough handset, and if you need a mobile phone that can withstand a bit of rough and tumble then it could be a winner.

But the Motorola Defy, as mentioned in the Overview section of this review, has the same IP67 specification, and all the added plus points of downloadable apps, a touchscreen, Wi-Fi, proper HSDPA and a screen that is big enough to work for web and video viewing - although comes with a much higher price tag.

While in the past we've rather liked Samsung's rugged candybar handsets, things have moved on a lot, and Samsung has not really followed suit. There are too many things about the Solid Immerse that feel old fashioned and tricky to use for us to really get on well with it.

You're going to have to be in love with the candybar format to choose the Samsung Solid Immerse over the Motorola Defy.

We liked

Samsung solid immerse review

The keyboard is well made for use with a gloved hand, with large and responsive keys.

The torch idea is superb. We love being able to turn on the LED that sits on the top of the chassis in order to find stuff we've lost. It doesn't put out enough light for every occasion, but it is good to have as a standby.

Samsung has tried to give you lots of options for personalising the Home screen, and we applaud that.

We disliked

No mobile phone these days should lack a 3.5mm headset connector.

The use of 3G but not HSDPA makes all data downloading rather painful. Coupled with the small screen and the handset's inclination to fail to load larger pages, internet browsing quickly became a no go area.

Battery life really ought to be better. We were surprised to get less than a full day of faffing around from it. On the other hand, if you stick to simply making calls and sending SMS messages, you could to get through a weekend in the wilds.

Final verdict

In the past we've liked Samsung's rugged handsets, but the Samsung Solid Immerse doesn't really do enough to bring the product line on. And, we hate to mention it again, but we simply have to recommend the Motorola Defy rather than this handset, unless you're really in a budget and hate the person that invented touchscreen phones.

The Samsung Solid Immerse is a rugged little critter, but it lacks features. While hardware usability rates well, software usability is hampered by a number of issues including – too many in the end for us to really recommend this phone.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported16 GB
Built-in Memory30 MB
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Rear Camera Resolution2 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemProprietary OS
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time19 Hour
Screen Size5.1 cm (2")
Screen Resolution240 x 320
Weight (Approximate)116 g
Maximum Video Resolution320 x 240
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Messaging TypeEmail, Instant Messaging, SMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service)
USB StandardUSB 1.1
Height121 mm
Width53 mm
Depth18 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time600 Hour
ManufacturerSamsung
Product NameB2710 Cellular Phone
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeDigital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-B2710IKAXEU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing InformationThe Solid Immerse lets you live life to the fullest and will release your more adventurous side. With dust-proof, water-proof (fully submersible), and even scratch and shock proof technology, life's little tumbles won't prevent you from keeping connected. The Solid Immerse packs in loads of other features including SNS and IM services, an easy-to-use keyboard, and new direction sensing technology that means you'll never lose your way. Take a walk on the wilder side of life with the Samsung Solid Immerse.

Scratch & Shock Protector (Anti-scratch Screen)
Made for a rugged lifestyle, this mobile is designed to stand up to the rough and tumble of an active life. The anti-scratch screen (4H hardness) is extra hard to withstand scratches from falling out of the pocket while rock climbing or simply rubbing against keys in a backpack.

Dust & Water Protector (IP67 certified & US Military Standard)
Samsung's Solid Immerse comes protected from the elements so you don't need to worry about dirt or water getting on the mobile and impairing it. Whether whitewater rafting down a river or dirt bike riding in the mud, you never need to worry about messy splashes or intrusive dust. In fact, the mobile operates up to 1 meter underwater and can stay submersed for up to 30 minutes.
Package Contents
  • B2710 Cellular Phone
  • Battery
  • Charger
  • Headset