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Samsung SGH-D600 - Samsung D600

Like the D500 before it, the D600 has integrated Bluetooth, but unlike the D500, the D600 doesn’t have infrared. Now I guess there’s an argument for not needing infrared when you have Bluetooth, but sometimes it’s just easier and quicker to send something over infrared since you don’t have to worry about pairing.

Unfortunately Bluetooth is where one of the D600’s major weaknesses rears its head. I use a Bluetooth headset whenever I’m driving, and I have always assigned voice-dial commands to key contacts so that I can call them without having to touch my phone. However, the D600 doesn’t support voice dialling, something that I found hard to believe when I first started using the phone. But after hours of trawling through menus and pawing over the manual, it’s clear that voice dialling is something that Samsung hasn’t deemed important. Unfortunately for me it is very important and this is my biggest disappointment with the handset as a whole.

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If you’re a regular world traveller you’ll be happy to hear that the D600 is a quad-band phone, supporting GSM 850, 900, 1800 and 1900 - so you should be able to get a service pretty much all over the world.

The D600 doesn’t have quite as much built-in memory as the D500, with 76MB of user accessible storage on offer. However, you could argue that the D600 has limitless memory capacity since it has a slot for TransFlash cards – although the correct name is now microSD. What’s great about the memory card slot on the D600 is that it’s easily accessible. On the left side of the phone, where the infrared port sits on the D500, is a little flap that hides the microSD card slot – although it’s labelled T-Flash. Many phones hide the memory card behind the battery, which means that you have to switch the phone off in order to change cards, but with the D600 swapping cards is a simple and quick procedure.

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