One of the major selling points of the G600 is its appearance and finish. It's slim without being awkward to handle and lightweight withour feeling flimsy. All in all, a very comfortable phone to handle.
Obviously, the 5 megapixel camera stands out as a major plus point and the 16 million colour display is phenomenal. On the downside, the lack of 3G is a bit of a shame.
Unlike the semi-touchscreen operation of the Samsung U600 and U700, all the keys are fully mechanised and make the G600 a pleasure to handle. The circular navigation pad (you can customise this for shortcuts), soft keys and keypad are all generously sized, nicely spaced and very responsive.
Although it could do with a better flash, the photo quality of the G600 is great. The music player's performance is also strong, especially when we wirelessly hooked up our pair of Bluetooth headphones.
The G600 offers good rather than great battery life. We were re-charging once every two or three days.
Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:48:15 PM
Look and feel
Ease of use
We thought the camera quality would be sacrificed for the trim profile, buit we were wrong - it's a cracker.
It's a damn shame the G600 isn't 3G, but we assume it was left off to keep the phone slim.
Right now the five-megapixel camera phone brotherhood lies with two handsets: the LG KG920 and the Nokia N95. The LG was the first to arrive in the UK last summer and, although it took superb snaps, it had the battery life of a mayfly. That left the N95 sitting at the top of the pile, but while its photographic prowess is impressive, battery issues still niggle. However, the quest for pixel power is gathering pace and this exclusive duo will soon be joined by three more members, the Sony Ericsson K850i Cyber-shot, the LG KU990 Viewty and pretty much immediately, the Samsung G600.
Consummate snappers, the Nokia N95 and LG KG920, are both burly characters. Next to them, you'll be amazed at how compact and slinky the G600 feels. Especially when you remind yourself that it harbours a five-megapixel lens. Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised because Samsung is a master at stuffing the slimmest of phones with the mightiest of features - take a look at the D900, the U700 and the U100 for proof. While not a member of Samsung's Ultra Series of slimline handsets, the G600 takes its trim torso and design cues from the U700. At 14.9mm thick, it's a slinky slider and very stylish too.
Thankfully, one design characteristic of the U700 the G600 doesn't mimic is its touch-sensitive controls. All the keys are fully mechanised and make the G600 a pleasure to handle. The circular navigation pad (you can customise this for shortcuts), soft keys and keypad are all generously sized, nicely spaced and very responsive. Equally, Samsung's user interface follows along the same lines as previous handsets and remains intuitive and user friendly.
Samsung has also gone to town with its choice of themes and what it calls 'menu transition effects'. If you don't fancy the choice of styles on offer, you can always design your own 'skins', while the menu effects like zoom, slide (a particular favourite) and door and fade (perhaps a tad frivolous) demonstrate Samsung's keen eye for detail.It goes without saying that the 2.2-inch QVGA-quality display is a true Samsung style stunner - sharp, bright and bursting with 16 million colours. You might also notice what looks like a front-loaded camera in the top left-hand corner of the handset. This isn't a camera lens for video-calling (after all, the G600 is EDGE rather than 3G enabled), but it is in fact a light sensor for the display. In bright sunlight, the display will automatically increase its brightness and conversely, as light levels decrease, the brightness automatically reduces. We have to admit it's hard to tell if this is effective, but again it's a nice touch from Samsung and will help stabilise the viewfinder when taking snaps in extreme lighting conditions.
Music duties are handled by the built-in player that spins MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+ and WMA formats, including DRM-encoded WMA files. It's also fully featured, enabling you to create playlists on the fly as well as dedicate space for podcast downloads. You can also access your songs by last played, recently played, most played, as well as the standard artists, genres, albums and composers. Samsung kindly bundles a 1GB microSD card for storage, but you will probably need a bigger capacity card for your music and to share space with photos etc. The G600 also offers three ways of getting your music onto the handset, all via a USB 2.0 cable connection to your PC. You can use the Samsung PC Studio software, Windows Media Player (helpful for transferring your CDs) or the G600 as a mass storage device by simply dragging and dropping your song files. The music player's performance is strong, especially when we wirelessly hooked up our pair of Bluetooth MOTOROKR S9 headphones. The audio was bassy and very lively, with good volume. A 12-setting equaliser is at your disposal should you need to tinker with the sound levels
An FM radio is also on board and interestingly, it lets you record clips from the wireless. The Fly Mobile SL600 slider we reviewed last month introduced this feature and it is quite handy should you miss your favourite radio programme. Of course, you must have the supplied earphones with the integrated aerial plugged in to record. It's also worth noting that the G600 can also pair up two Bluetooth headsets simultaneously.
Samsung has also improved its mobile internet surfing capabilities with the G600, still using the NetFront browser, but enhancing the operation. The full HTML web pages fit smartly onto the phone's small screen for easy reading and just like Nokia's MiniMap browsing technique, Samsung has devised the similar PagePilot. This displays the entire webpage layout that you would see on your PC screen, but allows you to select the parts you want to read. Also helping to improve web navigation is the Virtual Pointer that works much like a mouse icon, making link selection more accurate. A Google Search bar has also been included in the main menu to easily kick-off those forays into the worldwide web without firing up the browser.
The biggest mark against the G600 is the absence of 3G, but because a quality five-megapixel snapper amazingly resides in such a dapper, sleek frame, all is forgiven. Samsung hasn't skimped on the other features either, with a slick web browser and music player that blasts out a bold sound. Sure, it won't match the top dog Nokia N95 in terms of multimedia power and connectivity options, but the pay-off is that you get an equally sharp shooter (in more ways than one) that's more friendly on the pocket.