Samsung B2100 Solid Extreme review: Samsung B2100 Solid Extreme

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CNET Editors' Rating

2.5 stars OK

Average User Rating

4 stars 4 user reviews
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The Good Bash-resistant; waterproof; built-in torch; long battery life.

The Bad Very basic features; dated user interface; poor screen; rubber keys are hard to press; no 3G.

The Bottom Line If you tend to break phones by dropping them, or like to chat underwater, the rugged Samsung B2100 Solid Extreme can help. But, except for its built-in torch, this inexpensive phone skimps on features

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Why did we take the Samsung B2100 Solid Extreme phone to the gym, dunk it in the shower and boil it in the steam room? Numerous reasons: to time our steam, listen to music, take pictures of our feet, and even try calling a few friends. But mostly the reason was: because we could. The B2100 makes that kind of crazy stuff possible, thanks to its rugged rubber exterior and waterproof flanges.

All this ruggedness won't drain your wallet, either. The B2100 is available for free on a £15-per-month contract if you sign up for 24 months, or for about £90 SIM-free.

Tough as nails
The B2100 is compliant with the MIL-STD-810F (this should only be said in the loudest drill-sergeant voice you can muster) military standard. Samsung says it can withstand 'blowing rain, dust, shock, salt fog, humidity, water, immersion, solar radiation, vibration and extreme temperature'. That all sounds great, although we're pretty sure that 'solar radiation' just means 'sun'. Anyway, the B2100 lived up to its rating in our tests.

After making sure that the rubbery cover on the proprietary headphone socket was on, and the battery cover was locked tight, we took the B2100 for a boot-camp workout of 20 minutes in the steam room and 5 minutes in the shower. Throughout, the phone worked fine for surfing, music (without headphones, so the cover could stay closed) and calls. After we were kicked out of the gym for bringing a camera phone into the shower area, we opened the back cover and it was as dry as a bone inside.

The B2100 will appeal to rubber fetishists and those who like to talk underwater

The B2100 also has a rubbery keypad that will keep out the dirt, but it's slightly harder to use than a keyboard with independent, separated keys. We found that we had to press the keys quite hard to register our intentions, and you certainly wouldn't be able to type a text with your ski gloves on.

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Samsung B2100 Solid Extreme

Part Number: CNETSamsung B2100 Solid Extreme

Typical Price: £90.00

See manufacturer website for availability.