Samsung Solid Immerse rugged phone

Plop and drop

Fall from grace

Though it’s undoubtedly a hardier beast than the thoroughbred likes of the iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S II, the Solid Immerse’s robustness credentials aren’t necessarily outstanding. After the key scratches, dropping it from a height of about 3m didn’t damage it, but the back popped off, which wasn’t very reassuring. It withstood the dunk test however, resting under the water for a good two minutes with no ill effects.

Samsung Solid Immerse GT-B2710

Alarmingly, the cover came away when subjected to a drop test

Call quality was generally okay, voices sounding clear and well-rounded though it would have been nice to have the volume capable of cranking up a bit louder in case of noisy environments. Samsung promises standby of 610 hours and talk time of up to 870 minutes and while I can’t guarantee it will last this long, it still had over a bar of battery left after four days of moderate use.

Samsung Solid Immerse GT-B2710

Fairly, robust but not without some frailties

Verdict

If you’re out in the wilds, or even working on a building site, it’s good to know your phone can take a few knocks or a drop in water. Just don’t push it too hard as the Samsung Solid Immerse appears tougher than tests suggest it actually is, but you can't knock the battery life. ®

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Samsung Solid Immerse GT-B2710

Samsung Solid Immerse rugged phone

Shock proof, water proof and dust proof handset with built-in torch, digital compass and GPS.
Price: £100 RRP