Product Type: Samsung mobile phones
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Does this old Samsung handset still have much to offer?
Member Name: KennyG5000
Advantages: It's sturdy, compact and styled in the vain of the Nokia 3310, no bad thing in my book!
Disadvantages: 1 Gb memory card limit small by todays standards, supplied ringtones more than a bit dodgy!
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.
Summary: Sometimes simple can be best, this phone does nothing fancy but what it does it does well
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