Samsung Solid Immerse review: Samsung Solid Immerse

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The phone's a pretty sluggish performer, though. The Solid Immerse offers 3G network connectivity, but venturing online is a chore. Web pages take an age to render, and just accessing your Twitter stream is like pulling teeth.

The phone has a 2-megapixel camera capable of snapping panoramic shots by stitching images together, but the overall image quality is less than inspiring, and its videos are so poor that they're barely worth mentioning. For those who like to grab visual reminders of their epic mountain climbs, it's disappointing that the phone isn't capable of capturing better images.

On a more positive note, the LED torch on the top of the phone is genuinely useful -- not only when you're potholing, but also when you're fumbling for your door key in the middle of the night. Next to this is a sturdy lanyard holder that allows you to wear the phone around your neck.

Won't go the distance

When you consider the relatively modest tech within the Solid Immerse's tank-like exterior, you'd think that its battery life would be exceptional. Sadly, that isn't the case -- the 1,300mAH power cell should be more than up to the task, but it struggles to last an entire day with even moderate usage.

The torch could mean an end to stubbing your toe while on a late-night pie hunt.

Given the adventurous aspirations of the Solid Immerse, this lack of staying power is especially worrying. We dread to think what would happen if you were to rely on this phone to contact others in the event of a fall or injury during an outdoor excursion. The last thing you need on a weekend away in a remote location is for your phone to give up the ghost in less than 24 hours -- you might find you end up cutting your own arm off.

Conclusion

The Samsung Solid Immerse is well hard, but it's let down by its disappointing software, a dismal camera and lacklustre battery life. If you're deadly serious about acquiring a phone that you can depend on when Mother Nature turns nasty, we'd recommend the Motorola Defy. Should your budget not stretch to a smart phone, the Solid Immerse is a worthy contender -- just make sure it's fully charged before you go for a long walk in the hills alone.

Edited by Charles Kloet 

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