In a world of precious Prada phones and swanky Cyber-shots, there seems to be little room for the burly, rugged blower. But looking to follow Sonim’s Enduro X3 onto building sites and camping trips is Samsung’s new Xplorer.
Marketed as an ‘outdoor mobile phone’ – a truly revolutionary concept – the B2100 has a hardy urethane coat to help it withstand bumps, scrapes and scuffs, and can withstand being dunked one metre underwater for 30 minutes.
There’s also a built-in flashlight, loud external speakers and ‘noise cancellation’ – we’re just finding out from Samsung exactly what this means.
As with other rugged phones the rest of the spec is pretty basic, with only a 1.3MP camera (with video recording), Bluetooth and a microSD slot. But then you don’t need Wi-Fi when trekking across the Icelandic tundra, do you?
Update: The 'noise cancellation' feature apparently 'minimises surrounding noise, so you can hear the other person's voice more clearly'. Not quite as cool as the Sony X Series Walkman's built-in noise cancellation for headphones, then.
Samsung Xplorer B2100
On sale: April 2009