Samsung B2710 (Solid Immerse) Review
Samsung returns with yet another handset - is it up to the task?
Quite possibly the biggest name in mobile technology, Samsung is always at the forefront of mobile development pushing forward with new features, designs, and mobile necessities. But have Samsung managed to keep their head above the water with the Samsung B2710 handset?
Built for Strength, Ready for Adventure
While this handset is not a technical marvel it is a device that is adept at being used in extreme environments, be it half way up a dusty mountainside baking in the sun, or on one of the seven seas in a fierce storm.
The specifications of the handset aren't that up-to-date or overly impressive, but it's not meant to compete with the likes of an iPhone 5s, Samsung Galaxy S5, or HTC One.
What this handset is aiming for is durability in the face of adversity - can you submerge an iPhone? No you can't. Can you drop a Samsung Galaxy S5 and still have it work perfectly? No. Will the HTC One brush off the dust and keep functionality? Nope.
The Solid Immerse is waterproof, shock proof, and dustproof with the handset being certified to the IP67 standard. These two numbers are split into different categories, the first being solids - with a rating of 6 the B2710 is completely dust tight. The second number is for liquids - this handset is rated at a seven so it has protection against the effects of immersion in water (up to one metre).
The B2710 comes equipped with an anti scratch 2.0" QVGA 262k TFT LCD display, housed in a 121 x 53 x 18mm plastic body, and weighs in at only 116g. The screen is not in the same league as the HD displays that we have grown accustomed to over the last few years, but it's rugged and does fine in most conditions.
The battery compartment is held onto the body by a single large screw. Unlike some other tough handset suppliers, Samsung have decided not to include a tool in the box so that you can unlock it on the fly.
It is possible to remove the casing using coins, paperclips, pen lids, fingernails etc so this isn't too much of a problem. Underneath the battery you'll find the SIM card and MicroSD card slots, no surprises here.
Connectivity, battery life and features
This handset is running a proprietary OS called SHP OS, it's basic and it has no-frills but again it's fine for everyday use.
Samsung states that you can expect to get up to 590 hours standby time when connected to 3G and 610 hours standby when on a 2G connection, all of this is powered by a 1300mAh removable battery.
The handset comes with a paltry 16MB* on-board storage which is expandable up to 16GB via MicroSD card.
There is a 2MP rear-facing camera on the B2710 that takes half decent pictures, it's a simple point-and-shoot type of snapper.
There is a WAP browser on board and you get what you'd expect from it, which is not much, but the functionality is there. Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity is also enabled for those who like to use hands-free headsets.
No WiFi connectivity means no connecting to networks, but there is onboard 2G and 3G connectivity as mentioned previously. The 3G Band is running on the 900MHz and 2100MHz frequencies - if taking this handset abroad make sure that you can still get connectivity.
What's in the box?
Upon opening you will find the usual items; user manual, charger, USB-to-MicroUSB cable, and headphones. The headphones are the kind that use a MicroUSB for connectivity instead of a 3.5mm jack, this is to unsure that there are no openings on the handset where liquid or dirt could enter the interior.
There is no denying that the Samsung B2710 Solid Immerse is a rugged, durable, and capable handset.
With other market leaders releasing handsets into this field, Samsung has ever-increasing competition but they don't really have much to worry about as this is a brilliant tough phone.
While it may not be as 'pretty' or have as many features as other handsets, it has proven time and time again that it can take a knock or two. This is a handset that can get dropped, trodden on, submerged, and chucked about, and yet still keep taking calls and sending texts.
It's the perfect accompaniment for anyone in a professional field in which normal tech won't stay pristine for long - be they builder, surveyor, landscape architect, groundskeeper, or similar.
*Available capacity varies and storage is less due to phone software.