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Samsung B2700 Bound Mobile Phone Review

Category : Mobile Phones, Samsung

This is the latest “ruggedised” type of mobile to hit the market place following in the footsteps of the amazing Sonim XP3 Enduro. The Samsung B2700 Bound is offered as a toughened handset specifically for those with outdoors or active lifestyles. With toughened plastic bodywork that is water and dust resistant to the ICE IP54 standard (IP stands for Ingress Protection, the 5 corresponds to “Limited protection against dust ingress” and the 4 corresponds to “Protected against water sprayed from any direction. Limited ingress permitted” according to the International Electrotechnical Commission).

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As you can see from number ratings above, this rating doesn’t mean protection from heavy duty damage or total submersion, but it does offer much more protection against the elements than a conventional handset. In addition to the “beefed up” protection features the Samsung B2700 Bound also offers some useful gadgets for outdoor types such as a compass, an altimeter, a pedometer and a torch. it should be noted that this handset is water resistant and shock resistant as opposed to being waterproof and smash proof (this is not an industrial strength phone in the way a Sonim JCB phone is).

In terms of looks the phone certainly looks durable and the protective sealing and moulded rubber-feel casing gives a rugged and substantial look. Measuring 115 x 52 x 18mm and weighing 115g this is not a super slim lightweight handset, but then it’s not supposed to be. Big no nonsense buttons complete the picture enabling user to make calls with heavy gloves on. Available in black with grey edging, black with blue edging or blue with black trim are available.

Battery life and call performance are good with clear reliable reception and over 10 hours talktime (or 480 hours standby) from a single charge – perfect for long camping trips!

The Samsung B2700 Bound features a fairly basic 2-megapixel camera on the back panel dedicated side camera button but no no autofocus or flash. The camera does have video capabilities shooting 176×144 pixels resolution at 15 frames per second, so the quality is not great. Especially when viewed on the rather modest 1.9 inch, 262k colour screen with 176×220 pixels resolution. A second front-facing camera is provided for video calling.

The Samsung B2700 Bound does have a great music player however, supporting MP3, AAC, AAC+  and WMA formats and Bluetooth wireless transfer is also supported as is FM radio reception. With 26Mb of memory on board the storage is limited but this can be expanded with a MicroSD memory card up to 8Gb (because the Samsung B2700 Bound is water sealed the MicroSD is fitted under battery inside water sealed cover).

The optimised “3″ version of the Samsung B2700 Bound features Google Maps as well as the usual Google search and mail applications and an RSS reader.

Pros
Rugged and well protected
Long battery life
Good music player

Cons
No standard 3.5mm headphone socket
No Wi-Fi
Basic camera
Low screen resolution

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