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As for picture quality, the my600v makes no pretensions to become your only digital photography device: its camera shoots stills at just two resolutions, 320 x 240 and 640 x 480.
After you’ve shot an image and waited a couple of seconds you can immediately send a photo as a picture message. But forget about taking photos to keep as mementos. The resolution is not high enough and the quality not good enough.
The shot of flowers, for example, shows how the lens fails to pick up much detail. There was a little breeze blowing as the photo was taken and you can see some of the white flowers are blurred as a result. The colour reproduction is good in this photo, but the same can’t be said for the picture of the Canada goose. This was shot on a bright winter morning, with plenty of natural light, but the colours lack vibrancy and the bird’s white feathers are over exposed.
The coloured dish, my standard reference shot, was taken indoors with ordinary room lighting and again lacks vibrancy, while the colours look rather washed out.
The built in software includes a voice recorder, calculator, clock with alarm complete with irritating ‘get up’ tone – at least it should do the trick. There’s also a stopwatch, countdown timer, calendar and to do list manager which you can synchronise with a PC.
You’ll need to buy a cable if you want to synchronise via a wired connection or you can choose Bluetooth. Some software is also needed, and again this was not provided with our review handset. It can be downloaded though and instructions are in the printed user guide.
Battery life is superb. Using my usual rundown test, playing music continuously from a memory card, I got a staggering 16 hours 58 minutes of music. This is very odd as the handset specifications suggest the phone is good for 6 hours of music listening, but I am not going to complain.
This makes the fact that the my600v is not supplied with a headset pretty annoying. Vodafone’s web site does not readily offer one as an optional extra but the my600v will send stereo sound to a suitable Bluetooth headset, though I did not have one to hand to test this.
The my600v is not the most advanced handset available, and there are a couple of real annoyances such as the lack of a front facing camera absence and the absence of a wired headset.
The VGA main camera isn’t as much of a problem – if you like your photography you’ll have a good separate digital stills camera at your disposal and this one is fine for ‘shoot, share and shred’ snaps.
I am astounded at the good battery life and really wanted to score this phone higher on that basis alone. But in the end, other than this, there’s not enough that’s compelling about the my600v.