Frail Packaging Inhibits A Strong Performer
A 10.9mm slider mobile is an amazing feat of engineering. Along with the fat they cut out some of the bone.
Slide Stability -
The SGH-U600 does not have a solid feeling. The LCD portion of the mobile has side to side movement when closed and extended. The open and close motion is okay, nothing remarkable about it good or bad.
The SGH-U600 does not have the bones it needs. I'm seeing examples of this model with cracks in the body alongside the LCD. Think about this before you plunk down the £100+ prices it is commanding. Build is not consistent either. The inset of the LCD lens varies. Those that are above the plane of the top of the sides take heavy scratches. Those that are inset below the plane of the tops of the sides are more protected.
The one piece keypad has horizontal arcs that separate the keys nicely. Along the vertical axis there are bumps on either side of the 5. This does not seem to present any sort of problem about knowing which key you are on when you are watching your finger. The bright white backlighting of the keys also makes it easy to tell what you are doing. The keys give good feedback making texting or dialing a pretty sure activity. The keys are comfortable, not slick despite being smooth, and very quiet. When new, it is an attractive bit of the mobile. After extensive use the keypad looks and feels like it is going to popup out of its housing. I've not seen that - as of now.
The lens shows scratches easily and fingerprints quite well. The single screen is bright, vibrant and clear. The colors are true. The backlighting is consistent and even across the entire screen. The LCD lens has a mirror like effect.
This mobile's menu and operating system resembles very closely that of the D900/D900i. It is a fast system of nested menus. Changes are implemented immediately. Inconsistent, saving an attribute change may take you back to the standby screen and may move you back a level in the menu. This is a bit annoying but as fast as the menu system is, it is a very short time to get back to where you wanted to be. You are given a choice of a black skin or a white skin for the menu. This lack of choice is dealt with in the SGH-G600.
Reception, Vocal Clarity
This mobile works where Motorola and Nokia phones have no service. It is that much better in finding a weak signal. The earpiece provides a clear and rich vocal tone. It has a better rounded sound than the D900. It is more natural than the Motorola V635. Reports from those to whom I have spoken using this mobile are universal - I sound good using it. I am always amazed at how natural the voice is, especially if the caller is using a D900 or another U600.
3.2 megapixel camera, 353 x 288 video resolution, auto focus and zoom make this a very useful camera.
You have the choice of playing the music over the mobile with its high end amplifier; playing it over a single ear Bluetooth earpiece or stereo Bluetooth headset.
Touch Sensitive Keys
Two sensitive backlit touch pads serve as soft keys. This is, in part, why the menu system responds quickly. The keys are very fast. After about three minutes of use they are second nature.
The Wind Up
Despite the inadequacy of its physical aspects this is still a very good mobile. Improve the solidity of the slide, add beef to the sides, fix consistency of build and this is a great mobile.
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Perhaps the most striking phone in the market, the Samsung U600 combines a minimalist design with a premium, lustrous finish that is sure to attract approving glances and comments. It is the Mercedes-Benz of mobile phones with that slim, ageless look. It does, however, attract fingerprints, but with very little care, it will keep on looking as if it was new.
The U600 is loaded with features. It boasts a 3.2-megapixel camera with a very bright LED flash. A Media Player which handles MP3 and video files but not WMA files. A Micro SD card slot is located on the right side of the phone. The phone also comes with a range of other applications such as a calendar, a calculator, a converter application and a file viewer which allows you to view Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and PDF files. Connectivity is via Bluetooth, Infrared port and USB.
* The reception and call quality is superb. I have compared to a Nokia 6300, a Motorola V3, a Samsung E900 and a Sony Ericsson K750i and found that this phone has unmistakably the best call reception.
* The user interface is easy to use and it is very simple to go to any menu. The touch-sensitive keys can be annoying at first but you get used to them after a few weeks.
* The camera is good when in good light conditions outdoors and fairly good when indoors. The flash is quite bright and effective. However, the camera and flash do not match that of the thicker and uglier K800i.
* The B&O endorsed Media Player is good but the proprietary headphones are horrible (I suggest you purchase Bluetooth ones). The sound quality is clear but bass is not that loud unless in 'Rock' equalizer mode. The 3D sound mode is a gimmick. However, the speaker is not as good as that on the Nokia 6300 and the sound quality does not come close to that of my Ipod.
* The screen is very bright and crisp. It is probably as good if not better than that of the Nokia 6300 (which has a 16 million colour screen). The sunlight mode is very effective in direct sunlight.
* The phone is very robust as it survived a violent fall onto hard concrete with a nearly invisible scratch. Be sure that you do not carry coins or keys in the same pocket as the phone as it may be scratched.
* Connectivity is excellent. Files load quickly through the USB port.
* Games are fun and involving. The file-viewer is useless.
Samsung has created a phone that is for those who prefer refinement and elegance over quirkiness. It is a mobile phone that will still look stylish and classy a few years from now while delivering ample and useful technology in a super slim, stylish and sophisticated-looking shell.
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Samsung SGH-U600 Mobile Phone
If you are after a thin slider phone, then your mind might turn naturally towards the Shine from LG, or Motorola’s MOTOKRZR K1. You might even be drawn to Sony Ericsson’s W850i.
Varied as they are in size and shape, these sliders show off what the format is capable of. Now Samsung has added its SGH-U600 to the slider range. The last Samsung slider I looked at was the SGH-D840, but the SGH-U600 is certainly in the running for the title ‘thin and cool slider of the year’ – if there were such an award.
My review sample came from Orange where it is a Pay Monthly handset, though it is listed on the Web as ‘coming soon’ on Pay-As-You-Go. If you fancy other operators, then I found it online with O2, T-Mobile and Vodafone, so you can pretty much take your pick.
The SGH-U600 is about as slim and sleek as any slider I’ve seen. It is fairly narrow at 49.3mm, though a bit tall at 103.2mm. With the slider open I measured it at 135mm. It is, as it should be for an Ultra Edition handset, very thin at 10.9mm.
The blue metallic casing with silver highlights is rather appealing, and the slider mechanism is smooth. It is spring loaded so you don’t need much oomph at all to open and close the phone. There is no ridge for attacking the slider, so you will need to be prepared to wipe fingermarks off the screen.
So far, so good, but there is something very annoying about this phone that affects use of the slider and really detracts from its overall appeal. The pair of softmenu keys under the screen are touch sensitive and I mean really sensitive and often I found myself tapping twice when I only meant to tap once. Worse, when you use the slider you have to be really careful not to hit one of them and make a menu selection you don’t want.
The Call and End buttons are also touch sensitive. I found that this mattered a lot less as it was unlikely I was going to accidentally hit buttons at the bottom of the phone when using the slider.
On the plus side, the navigation button is large and comfortable to use. Its silver frame makes it easy to find, and it is raised very slightly from the rest of the casing on a rather nice upward curve. When you are on the home screen pressing the navigation button up gives you access to five applications, while pressing it down takes you to the calendar, left to new SMS creation and right to the music player. You can change these to suite your needs.
The screen measures 2.2 inches corner to corner and delivers 262,000 colours and 240 x 320 pixels. There is a setting for sunlight that alters the colour scheme and does indeed make the display a bit clearer in bright sunlight. You can also choose either a black or white ‘skin’.
This is a quad-band handset with GPRS and it has Bluetooth. It has 60MB of user accessible memory and you can build on this using microSD cards. The slot is on the right edge of the phone. A wide range of applications is built in including calendar, voice recording, image editing, calculator, unit converter, timer, stopwatch, memo maker and five separate alarms. You get a PC Connectivity cable and the phone can function in USB mode.
You can send photos and video clips to a TV, but no cables are provided for this. There is an FM radio and it will self tune its preset stations. You need to have the provided headphones plugged in to use it. These are one-piece and have a proprietary connector to the phone so if you don’t like their large in-ear buds, it is simply hard luck.
Display Technology TFT
Family Line Samsung SGH
Band GSM 1800, GSM 1900, GSM 850, GSM 900
Input Devices Supported 4-Way Navigation Pad, Keypad
Phone Design Mobile
Talking Battery Life 3.7 Hours
Standby Battery Life 275 Hours
Antenna Type Integrated
Screen Type 262K Colors (TFT)
Memory Card Supported MicroSD
Camera 3.2 Megapixels
Display Size 240 x 320
Display Technology TFT
Phone Color Gray, Silver
Supported Data Formats HTML, WAP 2.0, XHTML
Depth 0.43 Inch
Weight 2.86 gr
Phone Book Capacity 1000 Contacts
Samsung SGH-U600 Mobile Phone
The Samsung U600 is the first of the second-generation Ultra phones to hit the shops and is the replacement for the enormously popular Samsung D900 ultra-slim slide phone. At just 10.9 mm it's even thinner than the D900, making it the slimmest slide phone available (now beaten by the Samsung E840!). As well as making it thinner, Samsung have shaved a couple of millimetres off the width of the phone, which is a very welcome improvement, as flat wide phones are not as ergonomic to use as conventionally-sized phones. It's also 10g lighter than the D900, making it an extremely lightweight phone indeed. You can hardly feel the presence of this phone in a jacket pocket! A visual makeover serves to differentiate the U600 from the D900 in the looks department. One important change is that the external buttons (the ones that you can see when the slide is closed) have been made into touch-sensitive buttons (like the Samsung E900). Touch sensitive buttons look cool, but are not to everyone's taste - read our user reviews of the Samsung E900 for a flavour of these! We feel that Samsung have made a mistake here and the touch-sensitive buttons will alienate a certain percentage of users. If you don't want to take the risk then stick with the D900 or choose the newer Samsung G600, which are very safe choices.
Inside the phone, not a lot has changed - at least from a user's perspective. The camera has been uprated from 3.0 to 3.2 megapixels. The battery is less powerful than the D900's, but Samsung claim that battery performance has actually been improved due to a new technology called OPUS (Optimized Power Usage Solution). In our experience, the battery life is only 2-3 days. User memory has been reduced slightly from 70 Mbytes to 60 Mbytes.
The camera is excellent - Samsung's best yet - with a high-resolution 3.2 megapixel resolution, LED flash, autofocus and digital zoom. It doesn't match the Sony Ericsson K800i or the Nokia N95, but it's still one of the best cameras on a phone. Our only complaint about the camera is its slowness in taking a picture - a delay of one or two seconds means that fast moving subjects are hard to photograph. There's also a good quality video camera. The display is high resolution (240 x 320 pixels) with 262,144 colours and is excellent. The music player supports a wide range of formats - MP3, ACC, ACC+ and e-AAC+ - and has very good sound reproduction. You can use the stereo headset supplied by Samsung or a wireless Bluetooth headset. You can also listen to music through the built-in loudspeaker which features a Bang & Olufsen digital power amplifier. The player is easy to use with playlists of up to 30 tracks. With 60 Mbytes of user memory, you can only store around 15 music tracks, so to use your U600 as a music player, you'll need to buy a Micro SD card - a 512 Mbyte card costs around £15 and will enable you to store over 100 tracks. The largest memory card possible is a 2 Gbyte card, with storage for around 500 songs. A PC data link kit is included in the sales package, for transferring music from a PC.
Other features that we like include the messaging options, with support for email attachments and a document viewer for viewing (but not editing) MS Office, PDF and HTML files. We like the EDGE connection for fast downloads, the quad band operating frequency, wireless photo printing with PicBridge-compatible printers and the TV-Out connector for viewing your photos and videos directly on a TV.
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