Of all the many handsets I see from day to day, I find Sagem’s to be one of the most aesthetically appealing and the my600v is a good example. The design isn’t groundbreaking by any means, but it does have something that makes it stand out from the crowd - a simplicity that makes for a refreshing change.
The my600v is available exclusively on Vodafone with a pay-as-you talk tariff. The handset will cost you £70 if you buy it on the high street, and as I wrote this review you could get it online direct from Vodafone’s Web site for £63.
In design terms this is a neat and tidy candybar handset. At 99g it is light and measures only 110mm tall, 48mm wide and 16mm deep, very pocketable dimensions.
The back casing and the outer edges are made of white plastic with a pearlescent finish. This can pick up and reflect traces of other colours in certain lighting conditions. The number pad and screen frame are made of a more brilliant but less reflective white plastic.
A strip of red goes all the way round the edges, echoing the Vodafone logo on the back of the casing. The rear also houses the lens for the built-in camera. The top edge is clear, while the bottom has a slot for mains power.
There are two buttons on the right edge and both are made of shiny silver metal. One is a volume rocker, the other activates the camera. There is a covered slot for the minSD card so you will need to add to the built-in memory on the lower part of the left edge. About 16MB of internal memory was free on my review handset.
The screen is fairly small – it measures just 1.9 inches corner to corner and has 176 x 220 pixels but is redeemed by delivering 262,000 colours.
Beneath it the number pad is large, with well defined keys each independently shaped making them very easy to find and hit. The same goes for the softmenu keys and the call and end keys. The square navigation button is also large, and is indented towards a square, silver, select button.
This is a 3G handset and also supports Triband GSM. It is video calling capable, but rather oddly, there is no front facing camera. You can either look at the handset’s screen and see the view from the camera of the phone you are calling, or look into the back facing camera on the my600v and let the person you are calling see you. However, there’s no self portrait mirror accompanying the camera lens to frame yourself. Vodafone calls this ‘see or be seen (one way) video calling’. I can’t say I approve. Video calling is still a rather niche activity and this won’t do anything to make it more attractive.