Samsung B2710 Review

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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.

Specifications

  • Samsubng B2710
  • Network
    Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900
    Dual-band 3G 900/2100
    HSDPA ??? Mbps data speed (download)
    HSUPA ??? Mbps (upload)
  • Design
    Ruggerized Candy Bar
  • L120.8 x W52 x D17 mm
  • Weight 116.5 grams
  • Display/s
    2 inch 240 x 320
  • Camera
    2MP
    LED Flash
    Forward facing camera for video calls.
  • Video Camera
    ???
  • Connectivity
    Bluetooth V2
    MicroUSB
  • CPU
    ??? Mhz
  • Memory
    Up to 30MB on board
    Up to 32GB microSD
  • Ring tones
    MIDI, MP3, Video, vibration and others
  • Features
    A-GPS
    Compass
    Music and Media player
    Organiser/Calender
    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)