After a year of crazy and wacky adventures, my Samsung B2100 broke. What did I do to experience such an unlucky event? I just swam for more than 1 hour with my phone. Went back home I checked on its specification, it said Submersible up to 1 meter for 30 minutes. Woops! Looks like I overdid it.
How crazy was I with my B2100?
- I went swimming in Nagsasa Cove with it and we were lighting the glowing planktons in the water with the use of its flashlight. The phone was submersed in water while its flashlight was on. Apparently the planktons do not glow with light. (Not so good move.)
- We were always throwing it inside the office to surprise fellow officemates.
- One of my officemates threw it to a busy fellow officemate and amazingly he caught the phone. That’s a reflex of a badminton player for you.
- Another officemate disturbed a meeting when he hit the wall of the conference room. He jumped away from the falling phone.
- Running while calling under heavy rains and strong winds.
- Hiked and did trail running with it on my pocket. No need for waterproofing.
What did I like about the phone
- Submersible up to 1 meter for 30 min
- Rated to withstand blowing rain, dust, shock, salt fog, humidity, water, immersion, solar radiation, vibration, and extreme temperature
- Comfortable grip and portable size
- Incandescent embedded flashlight. (The light was strong too)
- It takes about three days before I charge it again for another adventure.
- It has a note, which becomes handy when I’m on a moving vehicle and getting details from the driver, conductor or a local.
What I did not like about the phone
- Sometimes it restarts on its own. The worst was during a phone call.
- Sometimes it hangs, wait about one or two minutes it will be back to normal again.
- When I use the flashlight, it uses a significant amount of energy that drains the battery.
- The battery was still affected by the cold temperatures of Mount Pulag.
- I never used the earphones because I was afraid that the socket seal would break when the phone goes in and out of my pocket.
What the phone is not
- It’s not lost proof. When we were in New Rizal Falls one of my companions threw the phone into the murky water. We waited for the murkiness to subside before we saw the phone again.
- It’s not scratch proof. It is shock proof but when it accidentally slipped on an asphalt road it got a lot of scratches.
- It’s not abuse proof. One time I threw it and it hit a side of a table, one of the shock absorbers near the LED chipped off.
Was the phone worth it?
YES! YES! YES! When you have friends boasting their expensive iPhone, Blackberry, etc. get a glass of water and dip the phone into the water or just simply throw the phone about 3 meters away then ask your friends to do the same. I’m quite sure 99% of them will not do it.
Plus everytime I went to the beach or outdoors I never worry about waterproofing the phone. It doesn’t slip due to the rubbery like casing (bad news for the tight jeans though). It’s definitely a phone for a backpacker/hiker. Less worries and more concentration for enjoyment!
Some details were taken from http://ph.samsungmobile.com/mobile-phones/samsung-b2100