The outdoor photos were taken on a very dull and gloomy day and lesser phones would have struggled more with the available light. Even with these positive comments, the camera isn’t good enough or flexible enough to replace your standalone digital point-and-shoot. Still, as a bonus there is an image editor which includes some rather nice tools such as warping, colour filters, style effects and cropping.
There is, of course, a music player. The SGH-G600 has 40MB of internal memory and support for microSD cards – the slot is on the right edge of the phone’s casing. My review sample did not come to me in the final box and lacked headphones.
The proprietary connector to the phone meant I couldn’t even use a 3.5mm set for testing. The use of a proprietary headphones connector is a major gripe and Samsung really does need to move to 3.5mm. There is also an FM radio, which I couldn’t test either as the antenna is in the headset.
I could test battery life and it is astounding. With the screen on for as long as the system would allow it to be – 10 minutes – and a fully charged battery I got just a shade less than nine hours of continuous music. Thereafter the phone refused to play tunes but stayed alive giving regular low battery warnings for a total of 20 hours 20 minutes. I was able to make voice calls throughout. This, I think, is a record for a mobile phone battery.
Other on board applications include calendar, to do list, world clock, five alarms, voice recorder, web browser, memo maker, calculator, unit converter, countdown timer and stopwatch. Bluetooth is built in. (and Breath out..ed).
The SGH-G600 is a very good slider mobile that’s pleasant to use, with some great touches. The 5-megapixel camera is very good, though not quite good enough for the more discerning to want to leave their point-and-shoot digicam at home.
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