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      07.07.2012 14:44
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      Sometimes simple can be best, this phone does nothing fancy but what it does it does well

      So after the untimely demise of my Alcatel OT-708 (see my other review for that tale of woe), I needed a fast replacement for my phone as you cannot really afford to be without one for long these days. So I rushed to a shop (initially to try and get the faulty Alcatel repaired until I discovered a new phone would be cheaper). So how did I end up with the Samsung SGH-D600? Well, initially I simply wanted a basic handset that could utilize the £10 I'd already paid for my 2 Gb mini SD card. I was reliably informed that the Samsung model took just that kind of memory and, for a tenner, I thought it would do until I could sort something better out. The phone looked fine, and I was more than ready to go back to a good old fashioned keypad after my flirtation with the touch screen of the Alcatel (ie nightmare to text anyone back with).

      So I went on home rather pleased with my budget purchase; I felt Samsung were a reliable company and the phoneset had the comfortable and familiar feel of the old school classic Nokia 3310 (I personal all time favourite of mine!). After getting the phone charged up and running my first disappointment was that the memory card that had been working flawlessly in the Alcatel was not detected. After fruitlessly inserting and reinserting the SD-card I hopped on the web I found (to my disappointment) that the phone does indeed to mini-SD cards but only to a maximum capacity of 1 Gigabyte. Oh dear, that was the prime reason I even bought this phone and it appears incompatible. The lesson, perhaps to do more homework before rushing in and panic buying the first phone you are offered! So don't make my mistake if you are hoping to utilize an old memory card for this phone.

      However, I decided to stick it out with the phone regardless (if feeling a little stung by the shop I got this from) safe in the knowledge that I wouldn't be using this phone much for listening to MP3s, taking photos and for videos, as these are things that eat up those precious megabytes of data. The phone does come with an acceptable 80 Mbs of internal memory; this will handle easily all those stored text messages and numbers (and maybe the odd photo), but external memory will be required for anything more.

      So with your basic SGH-D600 what do you exactly get that makes the phone worth hanging on to? Well, I've already mentioned it's a good, compact phone; it features a slide mechanism and when closed you have access to the essentials, a call answer and reject button and an arrow pad for basic navigation of the screens. On sliding open the phone (which also handily unlocks it as well), you get your all important numeric keypad and this activates the generously proportioned screen (so wasted battery life on a screen lit up in your pocket). Functionality is exactly what you'd expect for a phone; apart from the obvious texting/calling, you've got most of the bases covered, it is an mp3 player, alarm clock, camera, phone, Dictaphone and a handy place to hop on the internet. All of these functions are presented to you in a colourful, easy to navigate main menu from which you never get lost, even from your first time on the phone. You can also put your own custom picture behind the menu screen, to save you looking a tulip or whatever other silly image the phone defaults with. Battery life seems good as well, the manufacturer boasts a standby rating of up to 300 hours, and a talk time of 7 hours per charge, but in use you're probably going to have to put it on a charge every three or four days. There are a few tame Java games installed if that's your thing, but the phone doesn't allow internet downloaded Java apps to be added (although there is a hack floating around on the internet to achieve this is you wish). There are inbuilt speakers which sound fine, although it comes with some truly ear-bending cheesy ringtones, so mine mostly stays on silent (it does vibrate!).

      So overall this phone is probably a long way from the iphones of this generation, but as a budget ten pound phone goes you could do a lot worse (for example the 2.0 megapixel camera has a higher resolution than my much newer and now broken Alcatel OT708). It's a breeze to use, easy to navigate and is small enough to be unobtrusive when taking it out. I'll be sticking with mine for a while; hopefully it will last for some time yet, though they are obviously durable as these phones were first out in 2006! This found will cover all the basic bases for you, but it is certainly not revolutionary, just good at what it does do.

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      10.01.2012 20:18

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      A highly recommended extremely reliable mobile phone

      Wow! This has got to be by far the best mobile phone I have had! Very unfortunately it has done its time now and so I have accordingly laid it to rest :o(

      Small? Yes, very. And cutesy. Fitted nicely into my pocket, coat, jacket and bag.

      Good looking? Yes, very. Smart, black, smooth, good colour display.

      Reliable? Yes, very very very reliable!! Never has this phone let me down! It never went off mid conversation, the battery life was good and long lasting. None of the buttons ever stopped working. The screen always remained perfect. And yes even after I dropped it, more than a few times, it still carried on like no other!

      Ok, so I am starting to sound a bit too emotionally attached to the phone...maybe I am...

      It has all the usual features, bluetooth, camera (reasonably good quality for an old phone!), call, sms, games, music which could be perfectly heard through a set of headphones, internet access. A very easy to use phone and very easy to navigate around to get to the different folders and settings. Very easy to set up, change tones, change backgrounds.

      I really cannot fault this phone, it has been perfect for me...my main uses being phone calls, texting and photos.

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      09.10.2011 20:25

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      For a basic phone to get you from A to B, try this one!

      I had this phone around 7 years ago when it first came out and was thee phone to have at that time. It was great because it was slide up - meaning there was no chance of ringing someone in your pocket or sending blank messages - which happens a lot to me these days. It is also very easy to use. To answer a phone call or end a phone call, you simply slide the phone up or down. The buttons were big enough so personally, it enabled me to write a text message without even looking at what I was doing. All in all it was a very good phone for that specific time. However, now there are smart phones such as the iPhone 3GS & 4 and the Blackberry. These have taken over the mobile phone industry and with their touch screen technology, shortcuts to various things such as Facebook and Youtube, large memory and connection to the internet via WiFi and 3G, they have pushed phones such as the Samsung D600 out of the picture! Technology moves on so rapidly and this phone would only be good for maybe work phones or for people who find smart phones etc complicated to use. People who do not need internet access via their phone or need to have large memory, would benefit from this little phone as it is what the consumer requires from a basic phone. It gets you from A to B, which suits most.
      To conclude, I would say that if you need a basic phone to simply make phone calls and send/receive text messages, this would be really quite perfect.

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      29.07.2010 02:00

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      very good simplistic phone

      I know that this phone is now quite old but my broke in Turkey, and whilst i save for a new one i have borrowed the d600 off my mum. To be honest its quite a good little phone. It has all the necessary features. Phonebook, calender, alarm, text message service, aswell as having novelty features such as camers, videa camera and games. The ringtones arent too bad either. It comes with a funky speaker which can be plugged into a small hole on the side of the phone s you can listen to your music on a loud speaker. The phone is very easy to use and you are able to change the coulor schemes. Naturally i have chosen the pink theme! You can also send and recieve picture messages, which makes it slightly more up to date than other phones of the same age. And to be honest it seems indestructable.

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      01.07.2010 22:00

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      Great phone for those who just wish to get on with life quickly and easily!

      The Samsung D600E is a phone that I've had for many years now, and is an excellent, stylish, practical phone. The sheer style of the phone is elegant and the design too. The screen quality is above decent although not excellent, and the keypad size is excellent for fingers of any size as opposed to some fidgety phones.

      As well as all that, the phone is extremely easy to use with well laid out menus and opening menu, as well as many practical features such as being able to set three separate alarms, or using a converter full of different sets of values ranging from distances to currencies.

      As well as this, the phone has a varying range of themes and colours for numbers and menus, alongside well-laid out features such as the ever-elegant phonebook which is virtually a masterpiece of practicality. The camera is decent, and there is a small internal memory, but opportunity to expand with a good memory card!

      Also, the phone is extremely durable, you wouldn't believe how many times I've knocked it about, accidentally dropped it, or even had it thrown against the wall as I picked it up and had it slip out of my loose grip.

      The screen doesn't scratch that easily, and the sliding feature is excellent! It saves space as you don't have to fit a keyboard on the front whilst having to diminish other features, it's stylish and somewhat sophisticated and due to the fact that everything doesn't have to be squeezed onto the front, the size and style of the keypads, the screen and the general look of the phone is large and relaxed!

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      19.03.2010 19:16
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      Great phone, wouldnt have changed from it if it hadn't worn out

      Having been a person that liked to change their mobile phone on a regular basis I was pleasently surprised by this mobile phone, so much that I ended up keeping it for four years and only changed again when I finally wore it out!

      The phone is easy to use and has plenty of features. The camera takes good quality pictures and videos and with the enclosed software you can transfer these to your computer easily (and then the videos I took of our holidays I then transferred to my ipod which I loved). Although there isn't much memory in the phone itself, it is easy to add a memory card to take the photos and videos and even to take music to use as ringtones and alarms. Photos can also be used as id for phone calls and to make wallpaper for the phone which just makes it all a lot more personal and customisable.

      The ability to set three different alarms was useful and the calendar was simple with alarms and reminders easy to set and use. I found myself using the phone rather than a diary which is something I hadn't done before. Making calls is simple as is texting although I was frustrated by the fact that I could not get the phone to save my sent messages. It has games built in and you can download many more - trivial pursuits was one of my favourites when I had to wait anywhere.

      Overall, I really recommend this phone. It is simple, lasts a long time and does everything I want in a phone.

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        30.10.2009 16:15
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        Highly recommended if you want a small phone!

        I have had this phone for quite a few years and I think it is a great phone! It is small in size and fits really comfortably in the hand which I think is a great quality. It is easy to use for texting, and phoning and is probably the best phone ergonomically that I have owned. It has a decent camera which I found useful for grabbing quick shots when I do not have my camera. It also has a memory card slot which I found good for storing pictures and mp3 song files. The internal speaker is pretty good or youu can get headphones as I did. The battery life has deteriorated over time, and now it doesn't last so long, but it has had heavy use for probably 3 years now. I used this phone as my main phone for a couple of years and now have it for using abroad with foreign sims and whenever I come home to use my Nokia E71 I do miss the simplicity, size and usability of this little phone. Ok, so there are phones out there now that can do so much more than just make calls but for a small phone with loads of features such as games, a camera, a music player and so on I don't think you can go wrong with this one!

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          04.10.2009 15:29

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          Tank of a phone!

          I had this phone bought to me by my parents about 4 years ago in red - it had everything I needed : camera, video, text, multimedia messaging etc. and I've still got it!

          This phone has lasted being dropped, ran over by a car, constantly getting wet - this phone seems to be a super phone! Although it has battle scars, it still looks really good and up to date.

          Some of my quarrels with this phone would be the the screen is not very bright in the sunlight, so if you try and show someone a picture you have taken then it can be a case of finding some shade before they can make it out. I also wish the phone came with an auto-focus camera, and actually took better pictures in dark conditions.

          Overall, if you want a resilient cheap phone, then this is the phone for you!

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          04.09.2009 18:28
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          The R2D2 of the phone word, tough and packed with functionality

          Proper resilient little phone, yes there are newer models available but this unit can still hold its own. Easy to use, even my mother-in-law has one and she gets baffled by her microwave! Nice sliding action which exposes the button keypad which is otherwise kept clean and unpressed whilst in pockets/bags. The menu is wonderfully simple, battery lasts for ages, mp3 player is easy to use. Best function? Definetly the camera, badged as a 2 Megapixel but the picture quality is fantastic! Video recording in mp4 format allows upload straight to youtube. My D600 is my constant companion, offers three alarm settings which are on a 7 day setting, proves usefull for weekday alarms for work and lie-ins at weekends. The seperate T-Flash card slot is usefull, but the USB data transfer cable linked to your PC or laptop is a far better option for the transfer of images and movies.

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            02.09.2009 11:47
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            An Good phone with manufacturing problems

            The Samsung D600 Is the 'Improved' version of The Samsung D500, and a very popular phone 1 or 2 years back down the line of time. It has Lost popularity over the years as many new phones have come out with - Free Browsing, 3G video Calls and much better graphics than Previous Phone Models.

            When I first Acquired my Samsung D600 I was so excited as this was the First Bluetooth Enabled phone I had, and a Decent, Swift Upgrade for my alcatel.
            I mean who would not be? With a memory card slot, Wap enabled, MMS,SMS and Fm radio, go back 2 or 3 years and this was the craze.

            The sleek slide design was also rather tempting and helped it sell off the shelves.
            But I had a very different experience with my Samsung - I had Acquired it off of my Uncle as a Present. When it arrived to me it was in pristine mint condition.
            I used it for 3 months and I loved the freedom of it, and by now I had several tracks on my phone and frequently listened to them at full blast, which was very quiet.
            Then after 5 Months I encountered a problem, The Back Battery of the Phone had detached and It's two clips that clicked the battery into place had snapped clean off.

            Immediately I was on the Phone to Samsung - and all I got was music in my ear as I was placed on Hold for 30 minutes on end. Not a very nice way to treat a customer of yours if you ask me. Until 2 hours down the line they had agreed to send a replacement, and until then I had to make do.

            So me being terrible at creativity I decided to Sellotape the back cover onto the phone so my phone could actually be turned on! Which wasn't very helpful as the back battery still fell off.

            Then in the end the Battery pack did come 3 days late, But this problem could have been resolved had it not been for the plastic clips which attached the battery pack.
            But the features on the phone do work well, so It's not what wrong with the product features it's how the product is made - and in my case not very well.

            Thanks for reading

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            10.06.2009 19:19
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            great phone, would reccommend

            I had this phone brought for me a couple of years ago because some idiot thought it would be very funny to steal my old brick of a phone, no value to anyone at all, was just a pity because I lost all my numbers :(

            Anyway like I said, this phone was brought for me as a surprise. I had no idea what the phone was and after doing a bit of research I found it to be a top of the range model.

            The phone is a slide model and the keyboard is hidden by the fairly big screen. The phone has a screen resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. The phone is nice and small, even when opened, and can fit snugly in the palm of my hand.

            The screen is easy to read and there is a nice memory card slot for those of use that want to use a phone for other things such as music and videos. However the phones internal memory was more than enough for me

            The main feature is the camera which is 2.0 mega pixels. I was impressed with this because as most of the ones I was looking at were 1.3MP. Another main feature was the TV out connection, allowing me to view photos on a big screen with ease

            The phone is really easy to use and I am very impressed with it.

            Price: At the moment I think you can pick it up for under £100 which is really good value

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            22.05.2009 15:27

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            Good let down by camera

            I bought this phone quite recently and despite the price it is very good. Although it cannot be used on the internet apart from that it does a lot of interesting functions. I always use this phone to playback music through it loudspeakers which are very very loud and easy to hear. I got this phone in silver which is very good looking compared to black but either way it is still professional. Small problem with this phone is the picture quality from the camera, even though it is touted as a 2 mega pixel phone the photos that are produced are comparable to a VGA camera with a lot of static and random slits across the photo. This may be due to the fact that the lens aren't covered although at inspection the lens seems to be scratch free. Another problem with media is with video size. Even when a full resolution video is on the memory card the phone will only play it half size as a there has to be a video control bar underneath which distracts the viewer from the video. Apart from taking photos this phone is very good for everyday normal use. The battery is also very good although charging time could be shorter.

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            04.01.2009 09:40
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            great basic phone with good features

            I bought this Samsung slide phone in the Argos clearance on the 02 network and it cost £29.99.
            I had bought a cheap virgin phone which I couldn't get on with, so I bought the Samsung to replace it. I fell in love with this phone as soon as I bought it.
            The one I had purchased is lilac in colour but it is also available in black, it has a sleek design.
            It has Bluetooth and I can Bluetooth my photos up to my computer. I had my sons heartbeat recorded on an old mobile phone recorded when I was pregnant and was able to transfer this.

            It does however only have a small memory card and only holds about 10 photos. It isn't a brilliant camera but good enough if you are out and don't have a camera on you. The camera is 2 million pixels so whilst not high quality useable. You can use the photos as wallpaper on your phone.
            It does have wap setting but I haven't used this feature.
            I don't like the ring tones much but have uploaded other songs and use them as my ring tone..
            The alarm tone is the nicest I have ever had on a phone it is so gental and soft on the ears not harsh like the Nokias I have had.
            The other disappointment is you can't set the message tone for anything but there pre programmed options. It does have good signal reception though. I am happy with my phone.
            My thirteen year old niece also has this phone and so must be quite trendy otherwise she wouldn't carry it around.
            It has a texting facility which is different to the Nokia but it is easy enough to use.

            I would recommend this phone.

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            06.10.2008 13:05
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            brialliant basic phone

            i know its oldschool but its an awsome phone! packed full of features and different applications. ive had it 2 years now, i know its sad but i will change it for a contract phone on my 18th. i will be sad to see it go. great standard memory and decent 2 mega pixel camera. ive downloaded tones of games for it off the internet and i get great reception everywhere with 02. can store 200 texts and 100 numbers. all the standard applications (money converter, calculator, alarm). very clear screen and decent sized buttons so its good for ease of use. the voice recorder and speakers on it arent very good but thats expected for a cheap phone. i dont have many bad words to say about it apart from that, doesnt have sd or micro sd card slot so not good if you want to use mp3 functions or take loads of quality snaps

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              12.05.2007 23:34

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              it is a handy sized, easy to use slide up phone for all age groups and type of people

              This phone is for all ages and all types of people it is a handy slide up phone with a memory card slot, mp3 player, camera which can take videos, image editor, games and good quality colour screen.

              i have found this product very useful and handy with it being abou the same size as the average adults middle finger. it is very easy to use with an easy slide up to find the numbers/letter keys

              i rate it 8/10 - verygood / excellent.

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            Samsung SGH-D600 is the perfect balance between functionality and design.

            PRODUCT FEATURES:

            Quad Band (850/900/1800/1900MHz);

            2 Mega pixel / Flash / 4X Zoom;

            Bluetooth Printing / PictBridge;

            Video Recording (MPEG4) & Messaging;

            MPEG4 / H.263 Player;

            MP3 / AAC / AAC+ Player;

            Dual Speaker (3D sound, TBD);

            Bluetooth Stereo Headset;

            External Memory: TransFlash;

            File Viewer / TV Output Support;

            262, 144 Color TFT Display (QVGA), 240 X 320, 2 inch;

            MMS / JAVA / WAP 2.0;

            Bluetooth / USB;

            SyncML DS / E-mail client;

            Video Wallpaper / Video Caller ID.