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Samsung SGH-D600 - Samsung D600
Talking of PC connection, Samsung kindly bundles a USB cable in the box. Not only does this cable allow you to connect the D600 to your PC for synchronisation and data transfer, but it will also charge the phone up while it’s connected. Unfortunately the D600 only uses a USB 1.1 interface, so if you’re copying a large amount of data to it you’ll be in for a long wait – in fact the D600 is slow even for a USB 1.1 device. Ultimately you’re better off just using a memory card reader instead.
Also in the box is a CD with Samsung PC Studio 3.0. This is pretty decent software that lets you manage the files on your D600, synchronise your contacts, schedule, notes and memos with Outlook, and even edit your movies, sounds and pictures. I always like to see Outlook synchronisation, since it lets you keep your diary in your pocket with you all the time.
There’s a hands free headset in the box too, with stereo headphones for listening to music. Unfortunately I found the ear buds too large to sit comfortably in my ears, although Lars found them perfect. The big criticism I have here is that you can’t plug in your own headphones. This would be easy to do as NEC showed with the N411i – on that phone the microphone part of the headset had a standard 3.5mm mini-jack socket, so you could use any headphones, while maintaining the headset functionality. Of course Samsung isn’t the only manufacturer to fall foul of this issue, but with a cutting edge phone like the D600, I had hoped that I wouldn’t encounter it.
Besides the charger, there is one other cable in the box – a TV out cable. That’s right, amazing as it sounds, you can hook the D600 up to an external screen and show your content to a wider audience. The video connection is only composite, so don’t expect a perfect picture, especially if you’re playing back video – the 3GP files will just look too blocky and pixelated on a large screen. However, the TV-Out functionality could be useful if you need to give a presentation and don’t want to carry a notebook with you. You could view your PowerPoint or Acrobat presentation directly from the phone and output it to an external screen or projector.