I’ve been a long term Sony/Ericsson mobile phone user, but although I thought that the T610 was a cut above the competition when it launched in 2003, I found the K700i a distinct disappointment. So, when upgrade time rolled around again, I decided against the Sony/Ericsson K750i, despite it being a vast improvement on the K700i. Instead I chose to hang on until the launch of the Samsung D600, which looked, on paper at least, to be a great little phone.
I’d never really been a fan of Samsung phones until the launch of the D500. Not only was the D500 a great looking phone with a cool sliding mechanism, but it was also the first Samsung phone with integrated Bluetooth – something that no one should be without. With the D500 Samsung showed that it really could build a mobile phone to challenge Nokia and Sony/Ericsson.
The D600 builds on the success of the D500, but brings with it some outstanding new features. Without a doubt the most impressive feature on the D600 is the screen. The 2in screen boasts a stunning resolution of 240 x 320 – now this might not seem that high compared to your average monitor, but squeezing that many pixels into a screen only two inches in size isn’t easy. The result is a truly stunning image, where digital photos look fantastic, and make other phone screens look dated and blocky. When you shoot a photo with the D600 and set it as your wallpaper it really does look great and I’ve yet to find anyone that hasn’t been impressed with its quality.
Since I’ve mentioned taking a picture already, I’ll cover the camera next. Samsung has included a two megapixel camera in the D600 giving you a maximum resolution of 1,600 x 1,200. The results from the camera are superb, although there is a somewhat annoying shutter lag – don’t expect to catch anything impromptu if it’s fast moving. The lens and flash/light are mounted on the rear of the phone body, unlike the D500 where the lens and light are only visible when the screen portion of the phone has been slid upwards. I think I prefer the way the older phone does it, since your lens is always protected when not in use.