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: Messaging

When it comes to messaging, SMS, IM and email are all on board.

The IM client is Palringo. If you've got an account already, you're in luck. If not you can set one up and use this Java-based app across a range of devices. We'd have liked more IM options, to be honest - although it does support everything from Google Talk to a (limited) version of Facebook Chat if you're keen to play around with it for a while.

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Mobile email is easy to set up. If you have a Google, Yahoo! or Windows Live account most of the work is already done, and all you need to enter is the basics of email address, username and password.

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For other addresses you need to add more details, but there's no information needed that's difficult to get hold of, and nothing out of the ordinary about the process.

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SMS is a fairly standard affair. Open the app and choose Add by clicking the centre button. Choose a recipient or two to add, and then write your message in a large space that occupies much of the screen.

Predictive text works well and saves a fair bit of key tapping time, and at the bottom of the screen there's a line of links to add photos, music and so on.

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The message display has a nice conversation view so you can see the chats you've been having with people.

There's also social networking support, with clients for both Facebook and Twitter, but there's nothing as sophisticated as importing contacts from either into the contacts database.

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Both clients use a tabbed approach to get you into the detail of data. So in Facebook there are tabs for Home, Profile, Photos, Friends and Inbox.

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And in Twitter there are tabs for Home, @replies and DMs.

It's a huge irritation, though, that every time you switch tab the handset runs through its updating process, and you have to wait or cancel the update. For reasons we can't fathom we got a fair few 'update failed' messages when using the two clients. When it did work, updating seemed to take an age for both apps. Really, if you want social networking, this is not the handset to choose.

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As well as using the individual clients, you can pop into the Comms area on the main Apps menu and choose Communities. There you'll find a whole host of other social networking options including YouTube, Picasa and Flickr.

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Choose any one of these and you're taken to the web page where you can log in and do your thang. But the data speed makes getting to the required web page rather slow, and the small screen size is not ideal either.

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