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With the market currently being flooded with top of the range, up to date, all singing all dancing mobile phone handsets aimed directly at the business men and women of today, some companies seem to be forgetting the hard workers in the manual jobs out there - the builders, plumbers, swordsmen (ok, that was a joke) who need a phone that isn't going to cower down and hide behind a cushion at the first sign of trouble. Some of you will need a phone like this - the Samsung M110 Solid.
Whereas the Blackberrys and the iPhones could be compared to the Megan Fox's and the Tyra Banks of the world, the Samsung M110 Solid, is more along the lines of the Mr T's and the Ricky Hatton's - something you'd want in your corner in a crisis. Why am I jabbering on about Mr T and Tyra Banks you ask? I'm trying to give you some idea of why beauty isn't everything and sometimes it really is substance that triumphs over style. This is the case with my trusty Samsung.
Samsung have always been a reputable brand, a brand that I've put my trust in on many occasions, never to be let down.
*** Availability ***
This phone was released onto the market about 3 or 4 years ago and didn't make much of an impact. You won't find it readily available in the shops, however, if you look online it's likely that you'll be able to find yourself a bargain. It's currently retailing on Amazon for £79.99 and on Play.com for £99.99. Both incredibly overpriced, so if you can sniff yourself out a bargain I say - take it.
*** Generic Features ***
So, before we get to the more 'unique' features of this phone (remember the word 'unique' doesn't always refer to a positive thing) I'm going to take this time to tell you about the more generic features of the phone. You're probably thinking - apps, internet and booking plane tickets, however, lets not forget that some people, actually want a phone for that purpose and that purpose alone - to be a phone. Calling quality is something that is often forgotten over the more exciting features that phones these days utilise. More often than not it's the phones that have every extra feature in the world that come up worst in the calling quality aspects, therefore if you think about it, this phone really should be top of its class shouldn't it? In fact, it is. The calling quality is absolutely superb with this phone, I use an 02 sim and get superb reception everywhere I go (which, granted is more down to 02 and not the phone). However, making a call isn't a worry wherever you are, using some phones in the past I've often held off making a call in a noisy area, through fear of not being able to hear a thing. This phone eliminates all those problems. The volume settings really do make a difference, although even with the volume bar on 50% calls are still crisp, clear and oh so easy to hear and the loud speaker is fantastic.
Texting, is unfortunately where the Samsung M110 Solid lets you down, in a big way. I don't do an awful lot of texting, preferring to use my personal phone (an iPhone) for all of my socialising - and there's a good reason for that. Ok, so comparing an iPhone with an almost ancient Samsung is like comparing the World Cup Final with a friendly match between Charlton Athletic and Huddersfield. Therefore, comparing these fundamentally different phones would be unfair, however, when you're used to texting at relatively high speeds on a touch screen phone it really brings you back down to Earth with a bump when texting on this brick. Texting on this phone is a long and slow process and I suggest that if you're going to be sending more than the occasional text message, to avoid this phone like the plague. The buttons are very heavy to use and take a lot of getting used to, especially if you're used to the minute pressure of a touch screen. This is made worse by the fact that the phone does not support predictive texting. In terms of customisation, there are a few options that more recent phones fail to incorporate - underlining, bold and italic, to name but a few. MMS works about as well as texting (which really isn't saying much) however it's all pretty simple to do and pictures do send rather swiftly.
Camera wise, of course, you shouldn't go expecting the 10MP standard of today's mobile phones (even HD in some cases). This phone utilises a bog standard VGA camera, you know the ones, the cameras that were used on the very first camera phones. It's likely that you'll all have experienced a VGA camera in the past, therefore telling you that the picture quality leaves much to be desired would be like telling you that it always rains in England. In fact, the inclusion of a camera on this phone is barely worth it given the screen size. If you are, for some unimaginable reason, planning on taking a lot of pictures on this phone, then, don't bother, as, if the camera quality won't stop you, the memory certainly will. With some phones now incorporating up to 32GB of memory storage, this phone incorporates an impressive (sense the sarcasm) 2000KB of built in memory, about enough room to store about 10 songs (not that this phone has the capabilities for that, but you catch my drift).
In terms of the other features included on the phone, there's integrated Bluetooth which is a nice inclusion with such a simple phone, vibration alert, but, unfortunately ringtones are a big letdown, with no MP3 option in sight you'll have to put up with a simple polyphonic ringtone (you probably remember that name and thinking 'wow' about 5 years ago!). A phone that lacks a calculator just shows how antiquated this phone really is. Fortunately it does include a stop watch which is something I use daily at work, so this is a useful feature.
*** Surviving The Elements ***
This is where the Samsung gets its chance to shine high above all the Blackberrys and iPhones of today. This phone really is robust to the highest levels. It's splash proof, and when they say splash proof they normally mean that any more than one droplet of water will result in the phone exploding. No, this phone really is something special.
The phone has a rubber outer shell, giving for an enhanced grip and meaning that every orifice is closed within this phone. Resulting in it, not only being water resistant, it's also dust proof. An excellent feature if you live in a very dusty house, even better if you work on a building site or something similar. They say things come in threes don't they... so here's the third upside to this phone - it's also shock proof. This phone has been thrown at brick walls and, yes, you guessed it, it still works today. Unfortunately scratch proof isn't something included in this phones résumé and through all the rough treatment it has picked up an abundance of scratches, but really, what's a few war wounds when this phone has been divulged in water and hurled at a brick wall? If that was my iPhone I'd be weeping into a tissue and burying it in the garden by now.
*** I Can Go All Night... ***
Have you ever tried to make an important phone call, only to be greeted with the heart stopping message that your battery is low? This is something that happens to me on a regular basis with my iPhone. However, this Samsung Solid has one of the best battery lives I have ever encountered. I charge this phone once a week over night on a Friday and it lasts from Monday right through to Friday with no problems whatsoever. I simply cannot fault the battery life with this phone and that's with the occasional text and at least 5 calls a week on it.
*** A Phone Is For Life... Not Just For Fashion ***
This isn't the most eye catching phone on the market, however, if you're looking for something that will get you through the day with excellent calling quality, the ability to be abused in a fit of rage (probably when you're having trouble texting) and something with a battery life that will keep you going for weeks on end, it's quite hard to fault this phone.
Recommended for resilience.
I have had this phone for about 5 months now and I am already looking forward to my next upgrade. It is very limited and th screen is far too small. One of the most annoying factors is that you cannot change the alarm tone and the default one is not very loud. The screen has also become very scratched. I chose this phone as I work on a building site and have broken many different models before. So far it appears to be standing up to the test but the limited functionality is really outwaying any positives. The interface is also very slow to repond - I can count slowly to three after unlocking the keypad before the phone is ready to use! One other positive however is that the battery life is excellent - up to two weeks with occasional use. Don't trust the last bar on the battery meter as this appears to last only a few hours as opposed to the first two which can last up to 7 days each.
Not for me! I found the phone very limited in most things! Would not recommend this model to anyone. Purchased in June 08, sold off in Nov 08 after finding an old Nokia on ebay.
Water repellent and resistant to dust, Samsung M110 is the perfect outdoor mobile phone!