Feeds
90%

Samsung M110 Solid rugged phone

Well 'ard handset for the rough 'n' ready

3 Big data security analytics techniques

The rough outdoors is, of course, why the M110 has a CSTN screen, which is both cheaper to make and more power efficient to use than an equivalent-sized TFT screen.

Samsung isn't aiming the M110 at Sunday afternoon hikers in the Cotswolds, or summer holiday campers. Those people just need to buy a decent case for their N95s. No, the M110 is aimed at those who have to use their phones in tough environments. People like builders, farmers, nautical coves or, indeed, anyone who needs to make calls outside in the winter when it's cold, wet and miserable. All that these hardy, salt-of-the-earth types need is a basic handset than can make calls, read and send texts and has a Methuselah-like battery life.

Samsung M110 "Solid" tough phone

The back features a modest VGA (640 x 480) camera

To that end, the M110's battery life is outstanding. Samsung quotes a talk time of up to eight hours and up to 400 hours - 16 and a bit days - on standby. Now we only had our test handset for eight days, but after an initial charge we used it regularly every day and never switched it off and still had what looked like half a charge left when we sent it back.

Before we did, we took the M110 across the road from Register Towers to a building site to get the opinion of some lads who may actually want a device like this. Reaction was overwhelmingly positive. The most prized features seemingly being the ability to withstand a long drop, easy usage with chip-greasy fingers, reasonable cost and monumental battery life. Apparently the rather basic camera and screen would be quite sufficient for taking pics of one's "bird" to then show to one's mates.

Verdict

We applaud Samsung for it's ruthless, no-compromise back-to-basics thinking with the M110. It's as tough as old boots, has a battery that lasts longer than an English winter and can be had for less than £50 pay-as-you-go. It may lack that last degree of Armageddon proofing that JCB has given its Toughphone, but at a quarter of the price and with twice the battery life you can't complain.

SANS - Survey on application security programs

90%

Samsung M110 Solid rugged phone

Tough, cheap and it knows what it's been put on this Earth to do.
Price: Free on contract. PAYG: £50. SIM-free £90 RRP

More from The Register

next story
Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen
Fat-fingered fanbois rejoice over Chinternet snaps
Oh no, Joe: WinPhone users already griping over 8.1 mega-update
Hang on. Which bit of Developer Preview don't you understand?
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
True optical zoom coming to HTC smartphone cameras
Time to ditch that heavy DSLR? Maybe in a year, year and a half
Rounded corners? Pah! Amazon's '3D phone has eye-tracking tech'
Now THAT'S what we call a proper new feature
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
US mobile firms cave on kill switch, agree to install anti-theft code
Slow and kludgy rollout will protect corporate profits
Sony battery recall as VAIO goes out with a bang, not a whimper
The perils of having Panasonic as a partner
Leaked photos may indicate slimmer next-generation iPad
Will iPad Air evolve into iPad Helium?
prev story

Whitepapers

SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.