More reviews online at Review www.mobilechoiceuk.com Samsung G600 From free with contract Focus on: Five-megapixel camera www.samsungmobile.com 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 Korean manufacturer has surprisingly managed 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 R 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. Continued over >> 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, TV-out ■ Internal memory 55MB ■ Memory card slot microSD (1GB card supplied) ■ Messaging SMS, MMS ■ Internet browser WAP/xHTML/ HTML ■ 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- focus 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 88% THUMBS UP
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