Samsung Solid Immerse rugged phone
Plop and drop
The Solid Immerse runs Samsung’s SHP OS and its appearance looks akin to the company’s TouchWiz user interface, but here there’s no touchscreen involved, as you scroll around the icons using the navpad.
Handles the wet, but whether it would survive a bout with washing machine is another matter.
Bizarrely, there’s no map application supplied as standard, however, the phone's apps section provides a link to download Google Maps, if your network doesn’t offer one of its own. Once I’d done that though, it worked well enough, identifying my position in about 20 seconds. The digital compass worked fine too, as did the basic pedometer and you get a timer and stop watch too.
There’s also a nod to social networking with links to Facebook and Twitter sites, but no automatically updated feeds. The 2Mp camera is basic in the extreme, with no flash, just 1.2x digital zoom and white balance the only setting to play with. It will also record video at 15fps but the quality looks so poor you’d have to be pretty desperate.
There’s no Wi-Fi but there is 3G network connectivity and Bluetooth. The media player meanwhile will play back MP3 and MPEG4 files, and there’s an FM radio along with some games to help keep you entertained during quiet moments in the back of beyond. You can sync using Samsung’s Kies software or using simply drag and drop to add your music and other media files. While there’s only a mere 15MB of memory on board, it will take microSD cards up to 16GB.