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Welcome to the Samsung B2710 review. The B2710 is ruggerised mobile phone and is IP67 compliant which means it can handle physical drops, water and dust which means everything outdoors. When initially released the B2710 has a number of features that where rare in these types of phones most specifically 3G capability and A-GPS. There are a few people who want these types of phones but unfortunately not that many. The other feature is that the Samsung priced very well at around the $200 mark.
We briefly tried out the B2710 and can report that it is actually quite a decent standard mobile phone. The OS is standard Samsung which in turn is ancient but easy to use. It works fast and not laggy at all. In the hand it feels pretty good to hold but it is bulkier than the usual candy bar.
The best part of the B2710 is its construction. Unlike other manufacturers it feels like a more expensive model rather than a toy. The keys are a tad hard to press due to the extra rubber coating but get over that and it you’ll be satisfied at the overall feel. The other most useful this is the over 2 weeks of battery life on stand by. The voice and sound quality was also surprisingly good.
Unfortunately there are a number of problems with phone. Firstly the GPS only works with Google Maps and requires a data connection. There is no on board maps data. The second is the software package that combines the various social networks linked to Google which we found unstable to use. Unless Samsung offers software updates it simply won’t keep up with the latest internet offerings. The final problem is the screen which is not bright enough to be clearly viewable outdoors – which is ironic. Yes you can read the screen but it needs greater brightness and adjusting for a clearer viewing angle. The screen was also scratch resistant – how much we didn’t want to find out.
Overall the Samsung B2710 is the best ruggerised mobile phone we’ve had the pleasure to use to date (2011). It looks good, works well if you don’t really need a proper web browser and only want the basics of text and talk. We like the ability to just throw it around with worrying about damaging it.
- Samsubng B2710
Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Dual-band 3G 900/2100
HSDPA ??? Mbps data speed (download)
HSUPA ??? Mbps (upload)
Ruggerized Candy Bar
- L120.8 x W52 x D17 mm
- Weight 116.5 grams
2 inch 240 x 320
Forward facing camera for video calls.
- Video Camera
Up to 30MB on board
Up to 32GB microSD
- Ring tones
MIDI, MP3, Video, vibration and others
Music and Media player
SMS, MMS, IM, Email
FM radio with RDS
Speaker Phone/Hands free
Li-Po 1300mAh battery
Up to 20 days Standby
Up to 7 hours Talk Time
- Price history
Approx $200 AUS 2011 (Outright)