When I reviewed Samsung’s SGH-U700V, I made no bones about the fact that I was really waiting for the SGH-G600. Now it has arrived, and while I rarely go overboard about a mobile, this is one I really like. There was a time when a slider would have been well down my list of formats to swoon over. But I have come around, and the quad-band 2G SGH-G600 is simply divine.
The ergonomics just work really well. The 5-megapixel camera is an obvious selling point. There are some software tweaks that are a bit frivolous but that said I never tired of them throughout my testing period. Oh, and the battery life is superb.
In terms of looks the initial impressions of this mobile are all positive. The black, grey and silver colour scheme works really well even before you pick the phone up and when you do it feels cosy in my hand. The 47.8mm of width means that the phone feels comfortable in small hands though. At 14.9 mm thick this can’t be said to be a waif, but nonetheless it does feel well proportioned and at 105g it is a comfortable weight to carry.
One small caveat is that it’s too long. I always think sliders should be much shorter than candybar phones and am often disappointed. That’s true in this case where the 102mm of height is a bit much for a slider.
Good use has been made of the expansive front fascia especially where the buttons are concerned. These are nicely spaced and the Call and End keys in particular are vast. The two softmenu buttons aren’t large by any stretch of the imagination, but they are well separated from anything else, which makes them very easy to hit.
The navigation button is big and again really easy to use. And thank goodness Samsung has not bothered with the frippery of touch sensitive keys and a swivelling navigation pad, which were both so annoying with the SGH-U700V. These are ordinary buttons through and through, and much the better for it.
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