File viewing is just another cool trick that the D600 has up its sleeve. You can simply copy Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Acrobat files over to the phone and view them. Of course the small screen does limit the usefulness of the files, but the high resolution of the screen does make it possible to read documents at a push – quite handy if you have an important itinerary in a Word document or PDF.
Unlike the NEC i-mode handset I looked at a couple of weeks ago, you don’t get any push email with the D600. However, you can assign multiple POP3 email accounts to the phone, and once set up, sending and receiving email is a breeze – you’ll probably find that it’s cheaper to send an email with a picture attachment than sending a multimedia message too!
Depending on your contract you can pick the D600 up for free and I have to say it’s a hell of a lot of phone to be getting for nothing. It’s not 100 per cent perfect, but Samsung has definitely proved that it can make a well designed, well featured and incredibly stylish phone. The D500 was good, but the D600 is so much better.
The D600 is a great looking phone with a screen that puts other handsets to shame. The feature set is very impressive, which makes the lack of voice dialling all the more bizarre. The camera takes great pictures and video and the memory card slot means that you can store as much data as you like. It’s also good to see a USB cable in the box for PC synchronisation, while the TV-out cable is an added bonus. Obviously hardcore Nokia fans or Sony/Ericsson addicts will turn their nose up at a Samsung phone, but they will be missing out on what is, essentially one of the best handsets on the market right now.