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Samsung G600
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                                                                                                                                                                                                   Five-megapixel camera

                                                                                                                                                                                                   You would expect
                                                                                                                                                                                                   that the G600’s five-
                                                                                                                                                                                                   megapixel camera
                                                                                                                                                                                                   quality would be
                                                                                                                                                                                                   compromised to

G force
                                                                                                                                                                                                   indulge in Samsung’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                   signature slender
                                                                                                                                                                                                   chassis, but the
                                                                                                                                                                                                   manufacturer has
The G600 five-megapixel camera phone joins an elite band of handsets. But has                                                                                                                      to maintain a high-
                                                                                                                                                                                                   level performance.
Samsung’s slimline slider got the pixel prowess to shine?                                                                                                                                          This snapper
                                                                                                                                                                                                   includes all the

                                                                                                                                                                                                   photo features you         the phone                 close-up shots in
                                                    IGHT now the five-          G600 doesn’t mimic is its touch-      sunlight, the display will               to share space with photos etc.     would demand at this       upright and use the       macro mode and
                                                    megapixel camera phone      sensitive controls. All the keys      automatically increase its               The G600 also offers three ways     level, including auto-     centre button on the      manages to pick up a
                                                    brotherhood lies with two   are fully mechanised and make         brightness and conversely, as            of getting your music onto the      focus and macro mode       navigation pad as the     very high level of detail
                                           handsets: the LG KG920 and           the G600 a pleasure to handle.        light levels decrease, the               handset, all via a USB 2.0 cable
                                                                                                                                                                                                   for close-ups, but         shutter button, or turn   as you can see by the
                                           the Nokia N95. The LG was the        The circular navigation pad (you      brightness automatically reduces.        connection to your PC.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   unfortunately, the flash   the camera sideways       flower image above.
                                           first to arrive in the UK last       can customise this for                We have to admit it’s hard to tell          You can use the Samsung PC
                                           summer and, although it took         shortcuts), soft keys and keypad      if this is effective, but again it’s a   Studio software, Windows Media      doesn’t match the          and press the             Normal shots are clear
                                           superb snaps, it had the battery     are all generously sized, nicely      nice touch from Samsung and will         Player (helpful for transferring    Xenon variety seen in      dedicated side key.       and good enough for
                                           life of a mayfly. That left the      spaced and very responsive.           help stabilise the viewfinder when       your CDs) or the G600 as a          Sony Ericsson’s K800i         The G600 also          large prints; in fact,
                                           N95 sitting at the top of the           Equally, Samsung’s user            taking snaps in extreme lighting         mass storage device by simply       and K810i Cyber-shot       serves up all the         the G600 just about
                                           pile, but while its photographic     interface follows along the same      conditions.                              dragging and dropping your song     models. Instead, you       photographic settings     matches the Nokia
                                           prowess is impressive, battery       lines as previous handsets and                                                 files.                              get the next best          like white balance, ISO   N95 and Sony Ericsson
                                           issues still niggle.                 remains intuitive and user            Musical movements                           The music player’s performance   thing, a Power LED         (100, 200, 400 and        K810i for picture
                                              However, the quest for pixel      friendly.                             Music duties are handled by the          is strong, especially when we       that illuminates the       800 settings), self       quality. This slimline
                                           power is gathering pace and this        One concern is the slider          built-in player that spins MP3,          wirelessly hooked up our pair of
                                                                                                                                                                                                   subject before capture     timer and effects, if     shooter also captures
                                           exclusive duo will soon be joined    action which, although springy        AAC, AAC+, eAAC+ and WMA                 Bluetooth MOTOROKR S9
                                                                                                                                                                                                   and, while this is quite   you want to get           video at VGA quality,
                                           by three more members, the           and alert, does tend to rattle        formats, including DRM-encoded           headphones. The audio was
                                           Sony Ericsson K850i Cyber-shot,      when opened and closed.               WMA files. It’s also fully featured,     bassy and very lively, with good    effective, it’s pretty     professional or tart up   but unlike the N95, it
                                           the LG KU990 Viewty and pretty       However, we’re pretty sure it’s       enabling you to create playlists on      volume. A 12-setting equaliser is   crude at times.            your snaps. There’s       doesn’t stretch to 30
                                           much immediately, the Samsung        because our review sample is an       the fly as well as dedicate space        at your disposal should you need       The camera shoots       also a multi-shot         frames per second.
                                           G600.                                early model and not the finished      for podcast downloads. You can           to tinker with the sound levels.    in a maximum               function to capture       You’ll have to make do
                                                                                article.                              also access your songs by last                                               resolution of              those moving images,      with 15fps, so the
                                           Slim shooter                                                               played, recently played, most            Radio rentals                       1920x2560 pixels and,      or you can use the        quality isn’t as slick as
                                           Consummate snappers, the             Light display                         played, as well as the standard          An FM radio is also on board and    with the lens perched      800 ISO setting. But      its rival, but is still
                                           Nokia N95 and LG KG920, are          Samsung has also gone to town         artists, genres, albums and              interestingly, it lets you record   on the top rear of the     be warned of excessive    better than most
                                           both burly characters. Next to       with its choice of themes and         composers.                               clips from the wireless. The Fly
                                                                                                                                                                                                   front façade, you need     picture noise at this     handsets out there,
                                           them, you’ll be amazed at how        what it calls ‘menu transition          Samsung kindly bundles a 1GB           Mobile SL600 slider we reviewed
                                                                                                                                                                                                   to open the phone          level.                    despite suffering from
                                           compact and slinky the G600          effects’. If you don’t fancy the      microSD card for storage, but            last month introduced this
                                           feels. Especially when you           choice of styles on offer, you can    you will probably need a bigger                                              first to take pictures.       The G600               the dreaded judder and
                                           remind yourself that it harbours     always design your own ‘skins’,       capacity card for your music and                                             So you can either hold     particularly excels at    digital drag.
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                                           a five-megapixel lens.               while the menu effects like
                                              Perhaps we shouldn’t be           zoom, slide (a particular
                                           surprised because Samsung is a       favourite) and door and fade
                                           master at stuffing the slimmest      (perhaps a tad frivolous)
                                           of phones with the mightiest of      demonstrate Samsung’s keen
                                           features – take a look at the        eye for detail.
                                           D900, the U700 and the U100             It goes without saying that the
                                           for proof.                           2.2-inch QVGA-quality display is
                                              While not a member of             a true Samsung style stunner –
                                           Samsung’s Ultra Series of            sharp, bright and bursting with
                                           slimline handsets, the G600          16 million colours. You might
                                           takes its trim torso and design      also notice what looks like a
                                           cues from the U700. At               front-loaded camera in the top
                                           14.9mm thick, it’s a slinky slider   left-hand corner of the handset.
                                           and very stylish too.                   This isn’t a camera lens for
                                                                                video-calling (after all, the G600
                                           Easy does it                         is EDGE rather than 3G
                                           Thankfully, one design               enabled), but it is in fact a light
                                           characteristic of the U700 the       sensor for the display. In bright
Review                                                                                                   Samsung G600             continued

 Samsung G600
 ■   Size 102x47.8x14.9mm
 ■   Weight 105g
 ■   Display 16 million colours
 ■   Resolution 240x320 pixels
 ■   Camera Five megapixels
 ■   Video recording/playback/
     streaming Yes/yes/yes
 ■   Video calling No
 ■   Audio playback MP3, AAC, AAC+,
     eAAC+, WMA
 ■   Ringtones Polyphonic, MP3, AAC
 ■   Radio FM (recordable)
 ■   Connectivity Bluetooth, USB, A2DP,
 ■   Internal memory 55MB
 ■   Memory card slot microSD (1GB
     card supplied)
 ■   Messaging SMS, MMS
 ■   Internet browser WAP/xHTML/
 ■   Email client POP3, SMTP IMAP4
                              ,                                       feature and it is quite handy
 ■   Java Yes                                                         should you miss your favourite
 ■   Games Cannonball, Forgotten                                      radio programme.
     Warrior, Freekick, Arch Angel                                       Of course, you must have the
 ■   GPRS Yes + EDGE                                                  supplied earphones with the
 ■   Frequency Quad-band                                              integrated aerial plugged in to
 ■   Talktime 210 mins                                                record. It’s also worth noting
 ■   Standby 300 hours                                                that the G600 can also pair up
                                                                      two Bluetooth headsets
 Features                                                             simultaneously.
 ■ Slimline design
 ■ Five-megapixel camera with auto-
                                                                      Internet intelligent
                                                                      Samsung has also improved its
 ■ Built-in music player
 ■ Stereo Bluetooth                                                   mobile internet surfing
 ■ Recordable radio                                                   capabilities with the G600, still
                                                                      using the NetFront browser, but
                                                                      enhancing the operation.
                                                                         The full HTML web pages fit

                 Also consider                                        smartly onto the phone’s small
                                                                      screen for easy reading and
                                                                      just like Nokia’s MiniMap
                 Nokia N95
                                                                      browsing technique, Samsung
                 If you’re in the market for another camphone         has devised the similar
                 with pixel power, we suggest you wait for the        PagePilot.
                                                                         This displays the entire
                 Sony Ericsson K850i Cyber-shot. Otherwise, the       webpage layout that you would
                 only alternative to the G600 is the Nokia N95.       see on your PC screen, but
                                                                      allows you to select the parts
                 It’s bulky, but contains some potent features like
                                                                      you want to read. Also helping
                 HSDPA, built-in GPS for sat nav and Wi-Fi.           to improve web navigation is the
                                                                      Virtual Pointer that works much
                                                                      like a mouse icon, making link       skimped on the other features
Pros                                                                  selection more accurate. A
                                                                      Google Search bar has also been
                                                                                                           either, with a slick web browser
                                                                                                           and music player that blasts out
We thought the camera quality would be sacrificed for the             included in the main menu to         a bold sound.
trim profile, but we were wrong – it’s a cracker.                     easily kick-off those forays into       Sure, it won’t match the top
                                                                      the worldwide web without firing     dog Nokia N95 in terms of

Cons                                                                  up the browser.                      multimedia power and
                                                                                                           connectivity options, but the pay-
It’s a damn shame the G600 isn’t 3G, but we assume it                 Verdict                              off is that you get an equally
                                                                      The biggest mark against the         sharp shooter (in more ways
was left off to keep the phone slim.                                  G600 is the absence of 3G, but       than one) that’s more friendly on
                                                                      because a quality five-megapixel     the pocket.

 MOBILE CHOICE VERDICT                                                snapper amazingly resides in
                                                                      such a dapper, sleek frame, all                          Nick Renshaw
                                                                      is forgiven. Samsung hasn’t              

88%                                          THUMBS UP

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