I did it guv, it was me. I am the murderer but I didnt mean to do it! It was an accident….!
Yes, I have killed a third phone. All through (largely) water ingress. Ok, so the latest phone was also dropped 2 days after getting it first, but the downpour the other day left it with the bottom row of buttons unresponsive (even after drying out). I had gotten a cheapo phone that I thought would be robust and not many things to break (ie not a smartphone!). Alas I have managed to kill this one as well (can you hear the collective hands of the mobile phone industry rubbing enthusiastically together at the thought of ANOTHER phone sale to yours truly?)
So this was last week. I ordered a phone via Amazon (my current favourite internet site it has to be said). The blurb said it would be available mid Feb (new phone model).
Ok, I could wait.
12 hours later, I got an email updating me and saying this had been brought forward to the start of Feb.
Good, sounds promising.
Then a day later, another email to say it would be sent next week.
Then today, I came home to find the phone sat here waiting for me. Ok, now I am all for underpromising and overdelivering but this is ridiculous (in a very,very good way). So, ok, I have had the phone out, charged the battery and played with it a little. Its almost exactly like the phone I have just killed only with one (as yet to be tested) majorly different attribute. Its waterproof. Ok, it SAYS its waterproof or to be more specific its IP67 rated which broadly means it is dustproof and can stand immersion in water of up to 1metre depth (claimed for 30mins).
Ok, so what is the mega-phone that will defy the destructive force of the BackpackBrewer?
(drumroll, inhaling of breath)
Samsung C3350 Solid X-Cover!
Right, first things first. Its is a bit of a “brick”. It is retro looking for a phone. It isnt a smart phone. It isnt even a trying hard to pass my “11-plus” exams phone. Its a simple, robust phone that I am hoping will last me a little while.
It was designed and released as a successor to the acclaimed Samsung B2100 Solid Extreme. This older model was a low tec spec phone designed for, as well as builders, mechanics, outdoor workers, etc, etc……numpties like me. The new spec is still not anywhere near “wow” (not even close) but it has a passable 2MP camera, a mini-torch, media player, internet connection and of course the waterproof/dustproof/shock resistant properties! I take my phone with me everywhere and if I am truthful I am not gentle with it and always take it on walks. Of course, I try to remember to put it in a waterproof bag but sometimes I forget…
It isnt going to set the world alight but I bought it mainly for its claimed robustness. I’ll do a more in depth review after I have had chance to play with it over a day or so but so far its looking like it could be a good phone for me.