Samsung D600 Review
Samsung D600 Review:
The Samsung D600 is an upgrade of the D500 and it has to be said, Samsung have made some nifty developments that put the D600 ahead of its predecessor. The D600 maintains the slide up form of the D500, but is thinner, slightly longer and wider and the screen has been upgraded and is larger with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, 262k colours and this makes for exceptional clarity.
The slide-up form has proven very popular in the past and on this model it allows a large screen to be placed within a compact phone design and allows for many of the phone's features to be conveniently available on the front face. A gentle push is all that is needed and the slide mechanism opens and closes automatically, giving access to the keypad below. This design has now been used long enough to dispel any fears about long-term durability. In the closed position the phone has the facility for you to answer and reject calls without opening the phone and to prevent keys from being pressed accidentally when the phone is in your pocket, you can lock the keypad. Once open the phone is easy to navigate, the keys are well laid out and Samsung have upgraded the icons that are displayed in the initial menu screen.
The camera on the D600 has changed from 1.3 megapixels to 2 megapixels, and the powerful 4x digital zoom and choice of shooting modes allow you to take print quality images. However, the latest innovation that will catch most users attention is the video camera with a TV-out connection, this allows you to view videos that you have recorded directly on your TV screen which makes editing much easier.
The phone comes with an MP3 player, which is of a high standard. The MP3 player supports 3D sound technology from stereo loudspeakers and MP3 clips can also be used as ringtones. This is an alternative to the 64-voice polyphonic MIDI ringtones that come supplied and the MP3 ringtones offer the highest quality audio possible.
Samsung D600 Review: Technology
To ensure that you get the best technology when making a call the D600 uses a feature which can automatically sense the volume of the background noise on the call. If this is too loud the D600 will increase the volume and clarity of the incoming call enabling you to hear much more clearly. To complement this there is also an integrated handsfree speakerphone.
The D600 carries Bluetooth with support for wireless headsets and data transfer and can handle most types of messaging including SMS, MMS, EMS and email; the D600 can also be connected to a PC and when data is transferred, the new PicselViewer enables office documents to be viewed using formats such as Excel, Word and Powerpoint. Html documents can also be viewed.
With 81 Mbytes of memory available, the D600 has the capacity to store 60 minutes of video or alternatively 20 mp3 tracks and this can be expanded using Transflash card to increase storage capacity.
Samsung D600 Review: Complaints
There are few complaints from consumers about this phone, but as always there are some niggles that users have highlighted.
The commonest fault that users mention is the fact that you can't have ringtone and vibration on simultaneously and the other annoyance is that you can't change the default message tones. The D600 doesn't have certain features that can be found in a Nokia smartphone and the camera may not have all the features of the Sony Ericsson K750i, but on the whole it is at the top of the tree when it comes to non-3G phones. With a choice of black, grey and chrome (available through certain suppliers) this is a stylish phone that I would recommend very highly and if you do buy one, you will soon see why it was voted Handset Of The Year at the Mobile Choice Awards 2005.
Samsung D600 Review: Features
2 megapixel camera (1600 x 1200 pixels) with flash and digital zoom x4
Video recording & messaging (352 x 288 pixels) with video light
262,144 colour TFT LCD display (240 x 320 pixels)
Music player (MP3/AAC/AAC+)
Java™ games (3 embedded games - Forgotten Warrior, Freekick, ArchAngel)
Ringtones: 64-voice polyphonic and MP3
Connectivity: Bluetooth™, USB, SyncML, TV output, PicBridge
Integrated handsfree speakerphone
Messaging : SMS (with learning T9), EMS, MMS
E-Mail client (POP3, IMAP4, SMTP) / vCard / vCalendar
Wallpaper & screensaver
Personal organiser functions
Phonebook (max 1000 entries)
Caller ID (Text/Photo/Video)
Memory: 81 Mbytes + TransFlash™ card
WAP 2.0, GPRS class 10
Quad Band (GSM 850 + 900 + 1800 + 1900 MHz)
Samsung D600 Review: Dimensions
Size: 96 x 47 x 21.5 mm
Talktime: up to 7 hours
Battery standby: up to 300 hours
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