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I have had this phone as a work phone for about 18 months, It replaced a Nokia 5140 which I'd had for ages with no problems.
Build quality and practicality
On the face of it, this phone is ideal if you work outdoors or like to indulge in outdoor activities. It is shock resistant and splash proof and has a good, robust feel to it. The body is rubberised which stops it sliding off your car dashboard and it has a handy hoop at the top, to which you can attach a strap to avoid dropping it. If you do drop it, it will just bounce. The battery and cover will stay in place and unless it lands with excessive force, there will be no damage sustained. The phone is fitted with a bright LED torch which is easy to switch on by means of a dedicated switch on the side, and, I have to say, this is by far the best feature.
The headline features of this phone, aside from the durability and torch (mentioned above) are the bluetooth connectivity, 1.3 mega pixel camera and high volume loudspeaker for use in noisy environments. The phone also has an FM radio application and some basic games. These are not as good as they sound. The camera is extremely poor quality and difficult to access in a hurry, the 'high volume' speaker so you can hear it ringing is no louder than my other phone (HTC Tattoo see review) The supposed speaker phone application is such a hassle to switch on that I have given up trying and the radio will only work with the supplied headphones which have long since broken which means I can't use it. I have not used the bluetooth so I cannot comment on that. It also has an alarm clock which I sometimes use, this is functional but nothing special.
This is my main area of complaint. A number of the headline features would be great if the operating system were more user friendly. The menu system is just not logical like the old Nokia or a more modern android or iphone. To give an example, if you want to send a simple text message, here is the procedure: 1,unlock keypad, 2,press menu, 3,scroll to message symbol, 4, press select, 5,select create new message, 6,select message(or email), 7,press options, 8, select add recipient, 9,select phonebook/recent recipients etc, 10, tick box to select recipient 11,select options, 12,click add, 13, type message (the predictive text is appalling) 14,click options, 15,press send. It really shouldn't be necessary to have to go through 15 steps to send a text. This clunky, step by step procedure is reflected in all the applications and just drives me mad.
Charger and earphones
There is one single socket on the side of the phone which serves either the charger or the supplied earphones. This is a unique, samsung design of socket and therefore means that it is not USB or 3.5mm jack compatible. All very well but if you lose, forget or break the charger you've had it. Why they didn't fit it with a mini USB and 3.5mm jack socket I'll never know. It also means that you'd need to buy a special lead to transfer any of the poor quality photos you've taken to your PC.
I have to say, jet another area that underwhelms. Its a pretty small screen and the image quality is poor, the pixels are large enough to notice, it has that look of an old style tv when viewed up close.
To be fair, the battery life of this phone is good. It will easily last a week on standby and almost as long with light to medium use. I can't complain about this.
If you want a phone that won't break when dropped and has a good torch and battery life then this might be for you. If you want it for anything more than this, DON'T BOTHER. It is so awkward to use that you'll just give up. I wonder if whether they made it so robust in order that you can throw it across the room in a frustrated rage and it not break. Seriously, it's rubbish, if it weren't my company work phone, I'd have binned it long ago.
I've had this phone for about a year now and have been very pleased with it. It's incredibly sturdy, although being completely waterproof isn't a feature I use very often.
The only gripe I have with it is the microphone. To keep the water out it's thoroughly encased in plastic. Unfortunately this also have the affect of keeping sound out. When talking to people on the phone I'm constantly being asked to speak louder or being told that I'm very faint. It's completely impossible to talk to my mother without literally shouting down the phone.
Apart from this fault it's a very good handset. The battery life is good, even when making regular phone calls, and the built in torch function is surprisingly useful. When I get a new phone I'll struggle without the torch.
Overall a good phone for someone that wants something tough, but also talks loudly. Highly recommended.
We needed a robust phone for our business, my husband works for himself as a builder he has had as many as 5 phones in a year all of which had usually been dropped. We had read reviews about this phone and was so impressed that we wanted to write a review ourselves about it. The phone is not pretty and it is not one of those pretty smart phones but it does what it says on the tin. It as a rubberised case and the back of the phone is held in place with a rivit which means that if you drop it then it does nt fall to bits. The buttons also feel rubberised so you wont find that the buttons stick or pop out if the phone as a battering, also if you get something sticky on it and need to wash it down then the phone is also waterproof, we could' nt believe that you could even wash the phone, just dont put it in the washing machine.
I've had this phone for over a year and have found it to be robust (pretty bulletproof) and reliable. My last phone died after I fell in a rock pool with it, so although I'm not the super outdoorsy person that this is aimed at - I am clumsy. Have got phone wet, dropped it numerous times and it still comes back for more.
Another friend has the same phone as he does a lot of sailing his girlfriend said looking at another phone 'that's the phone you want, this is the phone you need' basicly sums up this phone. It does what it says on the tin. It's good for phone calls, found the earpeice nice and loud and texting easy. I wouldn't try the phone if you're interested in too much internet browsing, very frustrating.
I've found the charge holds well, typically for 5 days with minimal use.
All in all it's a bulletproof basic phone which what it says on the tin. For those of you who are outdoorsy types, or like me just plain clumsy it comes recommended. Cheap too!
Great phone - don't let the Extreme bit put you off. The keys are responsive, fully features, it has a good battery life and all in a phone you can put on the handlebars of a cycle, whatever the weather!
The Samsung software is a little quirky but the screen is clear and there is a torch and a rugged hook at top which are really useful. For a rugged quad band at less than £100, it offers excellent value (although there isn't actually that much competition.)
Although it is not stunning in the looks department, for active sporty outside types it is ideal and represents a real, practical choice over and above the latest vulnerable fruity smart phones. It even has USB charging which beats the Nokia 6303 and other phones at this price. All in all, a good piece of kit, even if you do need a smartphone at the office, this phone will be good for wet weekends up country and not worry about earth and rain!
This phone may not be amazingly modern, with new games or a stunning handset, but it will get you through any situations and is hard-wearing enough to be dropped a large amount of times!