Samsung B2100 Xplorer
The Samsung B2100 Xplorer is essentially an upgrade of the Samsung Rocky, and a good one.
The same looks feature a completely new phone under the cover. Major hardware improvements include a loud speaker, powerful torch, good quality 1.3 MP camera with a camcorder built in and a neck strap extension. This rugged Samsung phone also comes in a choice of three color combinations green/black, red/black, blue/black. The phone comes with the IP54 standard certification that can deal with water, dust, shocks, drops and also mud.
The battery lasts up to two weeks with average use. The phone has a slightly larger screen at 1.77 inches but with lower resolution at 120x160 pixels. However, the phone does have a significantly upgraded color support of 256 K (thousand). The phone has a microSD card slot that can support 8GB, a built in FM radio that can record songs and Bluetooth 2.1 with AD2P support and a micro USB port.
Network support has also received a major upgrade with all major frequencies (GSM 850/900/1800/1900) supported on the 2G GSM network, so you can use this phone absolutely anywhere in the world. Also the camera can shoot videos at 15 FPS and take photos at 280x1024 pixels. Sadly there is still no 3G available.
Water submergence test were conducted with the phone fully emerged in 1 meter of water for 30 minutes, later on there was reported loss of voice quality and this phone cannot stand up to being dunked in alcohol. The phone book can store up to 1,000 contacts with the call log showing 50 missed, dialed and received calls. Internal memory is only a very measly 7MB so you will definitely need a memory card.
The phone also has a complete suite of apps for organizing your life from calendar to stopwatch, voice memo and JAVA MIDP 2.0 protocol so you can play games or use apps.
- Strong flashlight.
- Very loud speaker.
- Mud resistant.
- MicroSD card slot.
- MicroUSB slot.
- Polyphonic/MP3 ringtones.
- Low internal memory.
- Dodgy water resistance capabilities.
- Unreliable PC connection.
- No 3G.
- Screen is prone to scratching.
- Call quality is terrible to average depending on signal.
Read our full Samsung B2100 Xplorer review to learn more.