Most of us use their everyday handset on the yacht. I don’t. I’m afraid to loose my Samsung Omnia smartphone. Touch-screen is also quite impractical on the boat, glossy and smooth handset can easily slip out of the hand and fall overboard. So I bought new handset specially for sailing.
I investigated different handsets. There is king of the tough phones, like Sonim XP3 Quest. Tougher than tough (many videos in YouTube), But pricey and bulky. Also biased towards to shock protection — too tough in that category. Looking further, I found that Samsung has also waterproof model — Samsung GT-B2100. And its 3 times cheaper than Sonim. It was no brainer for me. Charger is the same as for my smart-phone Samsung Omnia. Phone is covered with semi-hard, slip-proof plastic. Battery/SIM/SD card compartment is very well sealed and closed by stainless steel screw. But display is small and low resolution for web browsing (just 120 x 160 pixels) and it’s practically impossible to use it for viewing weather forecast and -maps from the web. Handset has video recording capability, but also, resolution and image quality is so poor, that it doesn’t make sense to use it, although it’s waterproof and easy to use on deck. I really liked LED flashlight, it’s easy to use and surprisingly powerful.
- water, shock and dust-proof
- small, still easy to handle
- user-friendly and good usability
- pretty good reception
- micro SD card for multimedia like music tracks and family pics to go
- music player, FM radio
- useless video camera (poor image quality)
- useless photo camera
- useless browser, too small screen, low resolution
- battery only mediocre (need to charge every other day)
- stopwatch usability poor: too small digits in stopwatch mode; volume button is active in stopwatch mode (page up and down function); too many intermediate (lap-) times in stopwatch, confusing
- no GPS
- affordable and usable handset for yachting