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I really love the sliding mechanism on the D600 – I’m not a big fan of flip phones, and it can be a pain having to lock the keys on a candy bar phone, so a sliding phone like the D600 gives me the best of both worlds. Strangely Samsung has chosen to remove the rubber bar that ran across the width of the D500 – this made it really easy to slide the phone open. That’s not to say that the D600 is difficult to slide open, but you have to push the side of the phone or the screen – pushing from the bottom does work, but can result in you dropping it by mistake – trust me on this, I know!
The front of the phone is dominated by the screen – did I mention that it’s gorgeous? Below the screen you’ll find two soft buttons, Call and End buttons, a Clear button, a four-way navigator pad and a central OK button. That’s quite a lot of stuff squeezed into a small space, but on the whole it’s all pretty easily accessible as long as you have a dexterous thumb. The buttons are automatically locked when the phone is slid closed, but you can unlock them without opening it up again. That said, sliding the D600 open is a lot quicker and easier than pressing the two button combination to unlock it. Sliding the phone open reveals the full numeric pad.
The menu navigation is similar to a Sony/Ericsson environment and pretty much everything is where you’d expect it to be. You can also assign shortcuts to the four-way navigation pad for easy access. One thing that I did find annoying was that the centre OK button doesn’t bring you to the main menu, instead it launches the Internet browser. To be fair though, this is because I’m used to Sony/Ericsson phones and it just took me a little time to get used to pressing the dedicated Menu button instead.