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Samsung Solid Immerse review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : 103
inc VAT

A rugged feature phone with useful features, the Solid Immense doesn’t have the power of a smartphone but is useful enough to make it good addition to your backpack


2.0in 240×320 display

The Google option is actually a choice between Google search, Gmail and Google Maps. The Gmail option just takes you to Gmail in the browser, which is disappointing, but the Maps option is a dedicated client, which uses the phone’s GPS chip to pinpoint your location. The Facebook and Twitter apps are pretty basic, as might be expected, but it’s still good to have access to these services.

Samsung Solid Immerse right

Pressing the menu button brings up an icon view which lists a few extra apps. A Communications app holds call logs as well as the Palringo instant messenger and Facebook and Twitter, and a Communities app lets you upload files from the phone to a number of online services, including Flickr, Picasa and YouTube. A separate Apps icon leads to a useful collection of small utilities, such as a compass, pedometer, stopwatch and voice recorder. There’s also a browser and file manager. The USB port doubles as the headphone port, unfortunately, so you can’t replace the supplied set with your favourite pair.

Samsung Solid Immerse back

Once we got used to typing messages on a numeric keypad again, we found it quite usable, and Samsung has included useful apps for keeping in touch and keeping on track. It won’t replace a dedicated GPS device, and it’s not for really extreme sports – for example Samsung makes no claims about use in extreme temperatures or altitudes – but if you do a lot of trekking, biking or camping and don’t want to risk dropping your expensive smartphone into a river, it’s a useful addition to your luggage. At £103 SIM-free, it’s not that expensive either, and we think the utility it offers makes it good value.

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Price £103
Rating ****


Main display size 2.0in
Native resolution 240×320
Second Display No
CCD effective megapixels 2.0-megapixel
Video recording format 3GP
Connectivity Bluetooth, USB
GPS yes
Internal memory 30MB
Memory card support microSD
Memory card included 0MB
Operating frequencies GSM 850/900/1800/1900, 3G 900/2100
Wireless data EDGE, UMTS
Size 121x53x18mm
Weight 115g


Microsoft Office compatibility Word/Excel/PowerPoint/PDF viewers
Email client POP3/IMAP
Audio format support MP3, e-AAC+, WMA, WAV
Video playback formats MP4, H.263
FM Radio yes
Web Browser Samsung Dolfin Browser 2.0 (Webkit)
Accessories headset, charger
Talk time 6.3 hours
Standby time 24.6 days
Tested battery life (MP3 playback) 35h 11m

Buying Information

SIM-free price £103
Price on contract £21-per-month, 18-month contract
SIM-free supplier
Contract/prepay supplier

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