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Tough NOT to like!,
This review is from: Samsung B2100 Solid Extreme Sim Free Mobile Phone (Unlocked Phone)
I've lived with my B2100 for a couple of months now. Interestingly my work phone is a Blackberry Bold ... whilst the Samsung's functional design is more 1990's Nokia by comparison, I have become strangely attached to the little quad band pocket rocket ... and indeed prefer using it to anything else.
First up, this is a seriously tough phone. Most of the exterior is constructed from urethane and has a very pleasant tactile feel. The handset does not require any precious handling and indeed I think even the most casual user would be challenged to make any marks on the phone under normal use (of course if you want to challenge its IP54 military certification that's up to you ...). It's also relatively compact and WAY smaller than the current offerings from Sonim and Durrocom.
Full marks for construction. I've dropped mine on hotel floors, covered it in mud, made calls (and listened to its radio) in pouring rain. No problems.
Using the handset is also a bit of a breeze. Most pleasingly its audio quality is sublime. Both the ear speaker and external speaker providing crystal clear sound (well done Samsung!). Chunky buttons on the side of the unit also facilitate easy volume toggle during calls and a third activates the unit's xeon bulb torch - which is incredibly bright - its now scary how many times its came in handy.
Phone and SMS aside, the remaining technical features are surprisingly ok. It has MMS, send/receives my personal email ok, takes microSD cards up to 8Gb and is a great little radio / music player.
The battery is also worth a special mention - a full 10 days of charge under normal use with me (5-6 calls / 2-3 SMS per day).
Downsides? Well I feel I'm being REALLY picky but would have liked a higher res screen with more resistance to direct sunlight (although the latter is overcome by creating a mono custom colour scheme). The camera is VGA, although this does not actually bother me and the image quality is surprisingly good.
In summary I think Samsung have done a great job ... its a WAY better phone than the Sonim's XP3 (or indeed other tough mobiles out at the moment). It's also newer and cheaper than Samsung's higher spec'd B2700 (which I've actually been put off buying as the B2100 has pretty much everything I need).
This little guy sits on the EXTERIOR of my rucksack during a daily cycle commute and hasn't complained. It won't score highly on the phone-snob-review sites and quite honestly ...
I don't care (I'm keeping mine!)
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Initial post: 18 Oct 2009 22:47:25 BDT
Alan, I think that you like the way Victorians made things,strong, simple, effective for the job they were designed for,this is the impression I get from your review.Thanks
Posted on 20 Oct 2009 20:50:18 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 Oct 2009 20:52:52 BDT
Alan, gone yersel', thanks a million for this v.useful post. Bish bosh, made the decision in no time with your detailed review. Exactly what my dad needs. Samsung should pay you commission!
Posted on 16 Jun 2010 21:43:02 BDT
Ann Barber says:
trying to make up my mind` this review was absolutely brilliant. thank you so very much Alan.
You made my mind up for me in an instant.
Posted on 5 Aug 2010 17:58:21 BDT
Mr. R. Merlo says:
To be picky, Just one correction, it's actually a 1.3Mb camera not VGA. Other than that an excellent review.
Posted on 24 Jan 2011 14:35:36 GMT
Mrs. G. Smith says:
What is the battery life like on these phones. I have bought 2 now and after it has been fully charged it only last 3 hours tops! Does anyone know why? Has anyone else experienced this?
I am not sure whether to have a thirda atempt or give up the ghost and try another hard wearing phone, got any ideas??
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jun 2011 16:38:30 BDT
Dr. Edward Austin says:
Battery should be around 25 days standby and 9 hours talk time (not sure if that is 2G or 3G reception)
You should get way way more than 3 hours.
However if that is 3hrs talk... perhaps correct if you are in a weak signal area?
Posted on 20 Jul 2011 11:00:24 BDT
Mr. B. R. ARNFIELD says:
Having just lost my trusty old Nokia, it was no competition as I already bought one of these for our 8 week holiday to the 'States. Bought USA PAYG sim card and had a bit of trouble got supplier of sim card to activate it. Calls to UK a bit of a problem. Some problems if certain providers did not have a good signal but generally performed well. Texts were no problem. Changed back to UK simcard (ASDA PAYG - no rude comments please - it works - it is Vodaphone) before flight home and seamlessly was able to make calls to UK. Re the person who only got three hours, I don't think people realise that if you live in a poor reception area (like I do for Orange) the phone automatically increases transmit power while paging until it gets a response from the local antenna - if none reduces power and occasionally has another go. This all reduces battery life. At home with old Nokia on Orange - charge every day - in the mountains of Switzerland (Swiss Orange) full reception everywhere no charge for a week.
Posted on 11 Aug 2011 12:40:07 BDT
My son unknowingly dropped his out of the car door one evening when letting his friends out and then promptly ran over it. We were phoned on it the following morning by someone who had found it lying in the road. He used it for a further 18 months before the light and the volume control eventually gave up.
Posted on 11 Oct 2011 11:18:27 BDT
Would like to know if the phone has a loud ring? I'm looking for a tough phone for my other half but previous Samsung phones have not had a loud enough ring even at max volume.
Posted on 12 Oct 2011 04:14:17 BDT
Lego Man says:
Alan, what is it like for web browsing? I'd also like to download the Gmail app - is that possible?