Samsung G600 five megapixel camera phone - early verdict

Samsung's new G600 is not as slim as its Ultra Series, but this two-tone slider handset is all about the camera.

We played with the G600 for around 15 minutes at the launch and the omens look good for Samsung;s most powerful camera phone to date. The G600 is a little thicker than Samsung's recent big-sellers, the U600 and D900. However, it's by no means bulky and feels good in the hand.

The camera can be accessed using a dedicated side-mounted camera key while the slider is open and the left soft key accesses settings while the right hand soft keuy lets you flick between the still and digital camera. Unlike Sony Ericsson, with the Cybershot K810i, and Nokia, with its N95, Samsung has not used a Carl Zeiss lens; instead favouring a Samsung lens. However, the results appear pretty decent, judging by the snap and print we took at the G600's aunch party. Photo quality is assisted by the auto focus, CMOS sensor and image stabiliser, not to mention the power LED flash.

As with most Samsung handsets, the display is excellent and the G600 boasts a fabulous 2.2 ins LCD with 16 million colours. The size of the screen really comes to the fore when you utislise the G600's panoraminc feature, which lets you take three consecutive shots and stitch them together to make one super-wide shot. We tried it and it's very simple.

There's a music player which can play tracks in all the major digital formats, including MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+ and WMA. And the NetFront Browser, makes Internet access as simple as you'd hope, with a little arrow cursor to help you browse.

If we do have one slight niggle, it's the lack of 3G.



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