Samsung X600 Review – Rotatable Camera Candybar Phone

Samsung X600 Review: Released at the end of 2003, Samsung had been getting some plaudits for their flip phones. Phones such as the Samsung T100 were extremely popular due to their cool looks and ease of use. But a significant amount of the market were only used to standard candybar phones such as the Nokia models. As such, Samsung were also compelled to enter this popular segment.

This was not the first firms first effort at such a phone, but it would be fair to say that this style was a rarity at this point. The earlier R-series of Samsung phones were mono-based. With Nokia offering a superior operating system at this point they never gained massive traction. 2003 saw the arrival of colour and camera, and two phones were now released by Samsung. The X100 and X600 arrived at more or less the same time, targeting a different area of the market.

The X600 was more of a premium phone for the time, although the real effort was still saved for the flip phones. But the notable arrival on this phone was the camera. Much like models such as the Samsung P400, the camera could be rotated through 180 degrees. With the screen used as a viewfinder, it was now possible to take a perfect picture of yourself. These phones were the early pioneers of the ‘selfie’.

Full specifications here.

Whilst flip phones w0uld continue to be the focus, this phone did well enough. An upgraded Samsung X610 arrived the next year. This featured a similar rotating camera that now could shoot video, and the body of the phone now eliminated the pesky aerial.


Samsung X600 Review Pros:

  • The design of the phone was pretty cool. The device was mid-sized, which meant a reasonable amount of space for the keypad. This saw a 4-way d-pad plus extra function buttons on the front of the phone.
  • The camera was the real draw of the phone, and a rotating camera offered something much different from other phones at the time. The resolution was VGA and offered some other on-board camera effects.
  • The phone features a 65K colour screen. While the STN style of the screen was inferior to the TFT ones used in the better flip phones, this was good for displaying pictures.
  • The operating system of the phone was much the same as previous flip phones. The phone also featured GPRS and a WAP browser.

Samsung X600 Review Cons:

  • Despite other phones managing it, the antenna remained on this model. It was short and bulky and thus not comfortable in the pocket.
  • The display type of STN produced a rather dimmer display than TFT ones, which made it less legible in daylight.
  • The shape of the phone also meant that the display was slightly smaller: a flip phone allowed more space to be used.
  • A generous 9MB was allowed for photos, but a less generous 500kb for Java applications.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects

This was quite a significant model for the time, although it is less well known that other Nokia models. Despite this, it should be expected that one day, this should have a decent premium to the price attached.

Where can I get one?

Both Ebay and Amazon have second-hand and refurbished models.

Interested in more phones? See a list of phones I own here.

Samsung X600 Disassembly Instructions

If you would like to learn how to take apart the Samsung X600 for repair purposes, please see this link.

Samsung X600 Video Review

For a review covering all the features of the Samsung X600 see here:

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