Samsung G600 Review: Released in 2007, the G600 was a further improvement of the slider phone. It was notably the first Samsung model to feature a 5-megapixel camera. This was pushed heavily in the advertising. At this time, the camera was a big way for phones to differentiate, so this could be said to be a phone at the top-end.
Of course, Samsung had plenty of expertise in this phone style. The incredibly successful D-series saw phones such as the Samsung D500 and Samsung D600 capture much of the market. The Samsung D900 made a large step forward by making the phone much slimmer to the extent where it was as light and thin as a candybar style phone.
2007 saw the Ultra-thin Samsung U600 hit the market. With a width of just 1cm this was thinner than the Motorola V3 phones. The Samsung G600 did not go for thinness and instead for quality. With a metal construction, better quality screen, multimedia features and a higher capacity battery, this was an impressive package.
Samsung were still churning out a range of slider phones to suit all price points in this year. But then it was noticeable that they were experimenting with almost all styles of phone. The days of a slider as flagship were coming to a close and other types of phone would dominate in the coming years.
Samsung G600 Review: Pros
The metal construction improved upon the designs of previous phones. This may not have been co-incidence. Models such as the LG KE970 were also pushing this style.
The camera was a large selling point. A 5-megapixel camera with flash was an improvement over the 2-3M resolutions featured in previous models and there was a slew of on-board processing features.
The screen had improved as well. A 2.2 inch, 240 x 320 resolution offered a good display for pictures and colour depth was better than before.
Media was well catered for. MicroSD and Bluetooth support was included, and the phone featured an ambient light sensor which adjusted the display to the lighting conditions.
Samsung G600 Review: Cons
Keeping the size and weight of the phone down is a compromise. Some of the front function buttons had become quite small and harder to press.
There was a lack of Wi-Fi or 3G. Whilst this would have been ambitious, these features were being seen on other top-end phones.
Samsung also kept on with their proprietary connections for the charger and headphones, when industry standards would have better.
Despite the operating system having a refresh and a greater range of applications it lacked the expandability of other open-ended systems.
Current Pricing and Future Prospects
The Samsung G600 is fairly notable for its high quality finish, despite there being a myriad of similar sliders released by Samsung. In future this should be one of the models which hold value and is still useable as a phone today.
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