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Review of Samsung's near-perfect D600 Slider

Review by Michael Oryl on Tuesday December 20, 2005.

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Samsung's SGH-D600 is the update to the company's popular D500 model. While the two share much, like a black exterior and a slider form factor, the newer D600 sports a lot of upgrades not seen on the older model. Features such as stereo Bluetooth support, a 2 megapixel camera, a TransFlash/microSD memory card slot, and a new QVGA display go a long way towards setting the D600 apart from its older sibling. But even with all of these upgrades, the SGH-D600 shares some less than welcome traits with the D500; most notably the slow T9 predictive text input system.

But even with a handful of nits to pick, the D600 is a top notch phone and one of my personal favorites on the market right now. It does almost everything well, and most things very well. Read on to see if the quad band GSM D600 is right for you.

Thanks to Wireless Imports for loaning us the D600 for our review.

Physical Aspects

Samsung SGH-D600 is a fairly petite handset. When closed, it measures 96mm x 48mm x 23mm (3.8" x 1.9" x .9") in size. When the smooth, dual-sprung slider is opened, the total length extends to 134mm (5.3"). With both a SIM card and the included 128MB TransFlash memory card, the D600 weighs 105g (3.7oz), which is pretty reasonable.

The design of the D600 makes it one of the most physically appealing handsets available right now. The black paint is similar to the soft-touch paints often found on Motorola handsets. Its grippy, matte surface is very easy to hold, and it tends to resist finger prints far better than the common gloss surfaces we see on a lot of phones these days. As I already mentioned, the slider action is very smooth and the dual-springs in the system make sure that the phone stays in position. The slider action can be configured to answer and end calls, or not, as desired by the user.

The sides of the D600 house a pair of small stereo speaker ports, along with the volume control and dedicated camera shutter button. The TransFlash memory card slot has a nice attached cover, and the headset port (which looks like a miniUSB connector, but isn't) has a very nicely done sliding cover that is very easy to use. The back of the D600 is where you will find the camera lens, flash, and self-portrait mirror, and on the bottom, the data/power connector has a well designed cover attached to it.

The real good stuff is on the front of the phone, though. There you will find a somewhat small, but stunningly beautiful QVGA display that is capable of over 262k colors. The smallish physical dimensions but high pixel density (240x320) make for very crisp photos and text. The d-pad, with its center OK button, is rock solid and offers a solid click when used, and it is very accurate. The two softkeys and C button are also nice, but by virtue of the slider form factor are quite far from a very well implemented numeric keypad. That extra distance takes some time to get used to, but is not a real problem.


About the author

Michael Oryl
Michael is the Philadelphia based owner and former editor-in-chief of MobileBurn.com. You can follow him on Twitter as @MichaelOryl

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