Samsung G600 Review
If there's one thing Samsung knows how to do really well it's make very thin phones crammed with lots of features. This time round it has pumped out one with a 5-megapixel camera that's only 15mm thin -- 6mm slimmer than the Nokia N95!
The G600 isn't the most revolutionary-looking handset in the world and sticks very close to Samsung's traditional slider phone layout. It's not ugly, but it doesn't have the wow-factor of slider phones such as the LG Chocolate or Shine.
It comes in a rather tame two-toned grey casing that keeps in line with the Samsung's generally serious aesthetic -- it certainly won't raise any eyebrows. What will impress you, given its feature set, is how slim it is, measuring a compact 15mm thin.
The G600 has a large, bright screen that's easy to view
Average looks aside, the G600 feels good to hold and use. Its screen is large enough to view without squinting, there are no annoying touch-sensitive keys to press and the keypad is usable. The camera on the back is also well protected behind the slide.
The G600's 5-megapixel camera is by far its star feature, which is probably why Samsung decided to keep it nice and safe behind the slide mechanism. You access it by opening the phone and then pressing the dedicated shutter button on the side.
Pressing this shutter button very gently in camera mode activates the autofocus, which takes a bit of getting used to as it's very sensitive. The camera lets you adjust a variety of settings, including picture size and flash mode.
The G600's keypad is well laid-out and easy to press
The G600's flash is unfortunately only an LED photo light that doesn't illuminate as well as a xenon flash, such as the one found on the Sony Ericsson K810i. You can whack the ISO up to 800 but the shots come out far grainier. Aside from taking photos, you can also use the G600 to shoot video.
The G600's music player is comprehensive, supporting a variety of formats including MP3 and AAC. You can set your music to shuffle mode, rate it and listen to it using proprietary headphones or wirelessly via stereo Bluetooth ones.
Other noteworthy features include an FM radio, an expandable microSD slot that can support up to 2GB and a Google search bar that lets you access Google directly without going through the browser -- useful if you want to search for something quickly.
If you're choosing between this phone and the Nokia N95, which also has a 5-megapixel camera, then it's worth keeping in mind that the N95 has HSDPA (3.5G), Wi-Fi and built-in GPS. It is worth noting, though, that this camera phone is much more pocket friendly, although it's a shame it's not 3G.
Call quality on the G600 was very good -- it's something Samsung noticeably takes very seriously. Calls sounded loud and clear but the speakerphone was relatively quiet and could have been much louder.
The image quality from the camera was good and while it's apparent that a 5-megapixel sensor isn't as good without a full camera lens to support it, the shots were clear and crisp enough for large prints. Unfortunately, shots in low light weren't as clear due to the lack of a proper flash.
Battery life was good lasting over two days, although it will run out quicker if you use the camera a lot.
Overall, Samsung has done it again, producing a thin phone packed with features even though I would have liked to have seen 3G, it's an enjoyable phone to carry around and use.
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A very nice slim phone full of easy to use features.
Great phone full of good features that you actaully use!. Th phone is slim and battery life is ok compared to a lot of these types of phone. The MP3 player on this phone is its real top feature for me. The sound quality through the supplied Samsung earphones is 10 out of 10 to my ears. I have had some nice Sony Mp3 players etc in the past, but this phone is noticably better sound quality. Very loud punchy bass and treble and nice and easy to adjust volume and flick through tracks. The phone works nice as a phone too! good bluetooth and good vibaration. It may be a little on the quiet side for ring volume. But its best to jut find a decent loud ringtone to balance it up. The camera is ok. Not the best not the worst. The Nokia N95 etc with 5mb blow this away though on picture quality. Easy to get hold of memory cards. It takes micro SD. 4MB cards can be had for a fiver on ebay with and adaptor to convert it to a regular SD card slot on your PC or laptop. The phone is a litle tender looking and would not o well in the hands of a cack handed person. I would buy this phone again for sure. I tend to keep my phones for 3 years or so.
In a nutshell: The G600 is a fantastic phone. It combines fab looks with a superb 5 megapixel camera, a fully featured music player and 1 Gbyte of memory. It avoids the touch-sensitive keys of recent Samsungs, making it a totally practical phone to use. We can't praise this phone enough - go on, buy it now! Available in black or silver.
Best buy: *Free* with a free XBOX 360 or PSP from Dialaphone (black) or free with a free Nintendo Wii from the Carphone Warehouse (silver); or £219.95 on Pay as you Go from The Carphone Warehouse (choice of silver or black).
The Samsung G600 brings the power of a 5 megapixel camera into Samsung's now-classic slimline slider format. Samsung just keep pushing the boundaries of what's technically possible, and the G600 has an amazing spec and a beautiful design to match. Samsung don't always make perfect phones - the E900 and U600 irritated some users with their touch-sensitive buttons - but the G600 gets everything just right and is destined to become a classic. Whilst it lacks the wow factor of the LG Chocolate or the Apple iPhone, it's just a fantastically good phone to use with nothing to detract from the experience.
At Mobile Phones UK, we like to start reviewing phones with a look at the outside. Samsung's slider design has been around for about 3 years now, and has replaced the clamshell as the UK's most popular format. The G600 opens and closes with an easy sliding action, and has a smooth silky finish that's glossy but not a fingerprint magnet like some. The G600 is not an ultra-slim phone like the U600, but at 15mm it's certainly not a fatty. It's a good practical size, and at 48mm wide it's a couple of millimetres narrower than some of the ultra-slims, which doesn't sound like much, but makes the phone easier to hold. The keypad is responsive when pressed and there are no touch-sensitive keys. The screen is large at 2.2 inches diagonally, and with 16 million colours and 240 x 320 pixels is Samsung's best screen ever. The camera is well protected behind the slide: to use it you open the slide to reveal the lens and flash. Frankly it's hard to see how the physical design could have been improved. 5 stars so far.
The G600's camera is a 5 megapixel beast with autofocus, LED flash and 4x digital zoom. The only previous phone with a 5 megapixel camera is the enormous Nokia N95, so there's really no comparison between the two. The closest competition in camera terms is probably Sony Ericsson's K810i with its 3.2 megapixel camera. Even though the Samsung beats the Sony in megapixel terms, the K810i can still (just) keep its crown as camera king for two reasons: better optics make for a (slightly) better quality image and the K810i's xenon flash beats the LED flash on the G600 for brightness. But still the G600 is an impressive camera phone and Samsung are now very close at Sony's heels when it comes to mobile photography. The G600 features two useful camera modes - panorama mode lets you take pictures of wide views such as landscapes, and macro mode lets you take close-up shots. There's a built-in picture editor, and direct printing to a Pictbridge-compatible printer is supported. High quality video recording at 640 x 480 pixels is also available.
After a camera, the next most important gadget in a mobile is a music player, and the G600 doesn't disappoint. It's Samsung's best music player so far. Every major format is supported (MP3, AAC, AAC+, 3-AAC+ and WMA). There's support for wireless
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Samsung G600 Mobile
Well laid out interface long battery life unless using all features alot phone looks good is not too heavy. Colour is excellent in this phone memory expansion to 2 gig is more than adequate. Clear sound music sounds good callers are crisp and clear.
On the downside the volume is very poor not very loud for ringtones or listening to music and the slider mechanism should have a grip as you constantly are thumbing the screen when sliding open this should not have been an issue as it isn't on other samsung phones.
Overall a quality piece of equipment with less flaws than positives but I would go for something with better volume next time.
This is THE BEST!
This phone is full of good features and does everything so easily. From Calls to the Camera and for Music and Usability(And even looks!), It is really outstanding. I have had quite a few phones but, for Me, This tops the lot. I cannot think of a downside. I would recommend this Phone Very Highly. Go and Buy it!! (On Ebay you CAN get one at a bargain price!)....Oh and P.s...I dont work for Samsung..........Just think this phone is Brill!!
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