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      23.01.2012 19:10

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      okay little phone for limited use and features

      Got this phone shortly after it came out and had it a good few year, for which time it suited me fine.

      The touch buttons on the front give the phone a clean look, but they can be very temperamental. This being that you may have to press them 2 or 3 times before it will realize that you've pressed it. Also the small little i button used to open the internet which could rack up the bill if this wasn't on your scheme as it could be pressed very easily

      A bit more detail about its life in your pocket, on several occasions i used to take it out and see that it had rang several people during it's time in my pocket. This is most likely due to the pesky touch buttons, which arnt like touch screen, but are based on some sort of light technology sensors i presume. But essentially meaning that they can be pressed by anything.

      The audio is okay, nothing spectacular, but what do you expect.

      I now use this phone at festivals and the like due to its reliability, and having dropped this into the double figures on roads, pavements laminate, still works fine with no visible damage. Something thats near impossible with a smart phone.

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      03.08.2011 23:11
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      an awful phone but it will last a while

      Again, I write a review on an old product, but there is a reason for this. After going through many different phones, I have always needed one for the period between a phone breaking and me getting a new one. This is the one that I use. I have had this phone since a few months after its 2007 release and it is still working perfectly fine and the only thing that has changed since new is the many scratches it has.

      When the phone came out, it looked rather good. I was very excited to purchase mine but as I charged it for the first time and began using it, this excitement quickly came to an end. The phone is, in short, awful.

      The only good things I can comment on about this phone are the durability and battery life. As I said, I have owned this phone for the best part of 3 years, and it still works exactly as it should. Bar a few scratches, this phone is still just like new 3 years on, and it has not exactly had an easy ride. This mobile has been through the washing machine in the pocket of my jeans, but after I left it to dry out for a few hours in the sun, the phone was working perfectly again. The phone has been dropped many times and sometimes from quite high and even once down the stairs. It has escaped these drops pretty much unscathed with just some scratches and a story to tell.

      The battery life from fully charged is very good on this phone. I have found I can leave the phone for over a week with just answering the odd call and sending the odd text without the battery dieing and so it is great for camping trips, considering it has a very long battery life so won't need to be charged and is extremely durable.

      Onto the less positive things about the phone. The four touch sensitive buttons at the bottom of the top half of the phone are abysmal. They rarely work properly and always do things on their own accord. This can become very annoying. Once you have managed to access any sort of menu, it is easy to navigate through the phone from this stage, as can be done with the normal buttons. Navigation throughout the entire phone is easy but it's getting there in the first place that's the hard bit.

      The phone has a shocking lack of features, with a camera being about the only thing it can boast. However, it's not really much to boast about. Being just 1.3 megapixels, the photos and videos are very, very low quality and without an added memory card, there is hardly any memory on the phone at all, so their is a limit to the time a video can be and it automatically cuts you off when this limit is reached. This is a good feature, but the bad thing is, it normally cuts of the recording at around 30 seconds!

      Also, the sound quality of the phone is terrible. Even this earphones, the phone just should not be used to play music and you can barely hear the sound on videos. Also, it is very hard to hear what people are saying during a phone call in a slightly busy area. It is satisfactory when you are in a quiet place so it does not take much background noise to block out the sound of the caller.

      For a basic call and text, the phone is fine. Other than a struggle to hear the person on the other end of the call, it can be used just for these basic features, but I would recommend going out and buying a phone for less than £10 as it will have just as many features as this more expensive phone.

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      14.04.2010 11:46
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      So not worth it

      This phone has a very limited range of features and I have to say that for a 2007 mobile phone I'm not sure that Samsung should have even bothered with this. The features are limited the camera is nothing special and even the MP3 player is rather lame. I am aware that this phone is supposed to be a budget phone and is supposed to be simple but I think they could have done better by integrating a higher spec camera and even a few features such as a flash would have helped this phone be a little better than it is. The features that are available are ok but they're not great and the layout of the phone is more than just basic - it's boring. I'd say that for a basic user who is looking for a really simple phone that can help you make a few phone calls here and there then this phone would be good but other than that it's at a loss. The camera is barely worth having and the MP3 player is rather pointless when you consider the memory available on this phone (20MB). You would only be able to fit a couple of songs on here before the application speed would be affected. Overall, I'd say this phone is really more for people who are either completely new to mobile phones or who have lost interest in mobile phones and just want something that is simple. The features on this phone are very basic and to be honest are pretty pointless - you'd be better off spending less money to buy a phone without a camera or MP3 player if you really want something basic - but then again, the features are there for a reason I suppose.

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      23.01.2010 21:14
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      Stay away from this one, its just not worth spending money on

      I've had the use of this phone after my LG Cookie's screen got trodden onI have been borrowing it from my Mum. Its a slide phone which looks pretty neat in the blue that mine is in, I've found some specs and copied the most vital ones here for you so you know what type of phone it is you're getting

      # Weight : 99 g
      # Display: 1.9 inch TFT Screen, 128 x 160 Pixels
      # 1.3 megapixel camera (x4 zoom)
      # Video Recording & Play(MPEG4, H.263)
      # FM Radio & Speaker Phone
      # Memory: 20MB
      # Bluetooth

      After having used the phone now for about 6 months I have come to the conclusion that I don't really like it all that much, I just kind of put up with it because I have no other choice until I buy a new phone or sign up to a new contract with a free phone.

      Anyhow, the camera on the phone isn't all that good, you can take pictures and take short film clips but don't expect any quality here really, even the pictures are pretty naff, this is just a 1.3MP camera that's all so not gonna win any awards.

      Bluetooth tends to work fine and when asked to so no problems here really.

      using the phone is quite nice, its light, and slides up fairly easy, the chrome effect around the edge of the phone and in the middle is chipping off and looks unattractive. Screen /Picture quality is not all that great but enables you to text fairly quickly I guess. One irritating feature is the 'brush ever so slightly' buttons and they'll do the function you want, which when your trying to make a call, brushing the hang up symbol with your ear can become very annoying, or it is very easy to brush past the list and accidentally call people you didn't mean to.

      I would not recommend this phone to anyone really because I think so many other phones not only look better, but function better too, and in fact I'll go as far as to say that you're better off sticking with another make of phone because I've never had much joy with Samsung Phones

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      09.08.2009 19:20
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      Good phone

      I have had this phone for about a year and a half and I love it. I have the blue version and it is a lovely colour.
      The phone has quite good memory for pictures and numbers, however I found that once I had put a few songs on the phone, there was not enough memory for me to be able to then take videos. Also, I wasn't able to put many songs on the phone, only about five.
      It has a good variety of games already pre installed on the phone, which means that if you are waiting for someone or just bored you simply pull out your phone and start playing.
      The battery lasts well and won't run out before sunset like many phones nowadays. It also charges quite fast as well, always handy when you're supposed to be going out the door in ten minutes and have just remembered you phone isn't charged!
      The ring tone is loud when on the high setting so it is unlikely that you will be walking around with your phone ringing and you not being able to hear it.
      The phone is easy to navigate and won't confuse you very easily.
      The phone also has bluetooth which is always a plus.
      The only real disadvantage to this phone in my opinion is the touch sensitive buttons, which I know many users like but I find that they are quite easily pressed by accident, often interrupting you in the middle of a game or deleting a text message you are half way through writing.
      Also, because the screen is not protected like in a clamshell phone, it has ended up with quite a few scratches on it, although the screen is still readable.
      Overall I think this is quite a good phone, so long as your not someone who likes a lot of music or a lot of videos stored on their phone.

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      14.05.2009 23:37

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      Good phone, lasts well.

      I have had this phone for 2 years now. I am a seasoned Samsung phone user, so this was a free upgrade from my old handset. It is still working fine, dispite two years of bashing around in my handbag. The menus are easy to use. The screen is very clear. The memory is good, have loads saved on it. The camera is excellent, better than our digital camera, the flash works really well. My drawbacks are that the keyboard is small and sometimes this can be a bit annoying, also the integrated buttons on the cover screen are very touch sensitive and sometimes you end up pressing twice, deleting things you don't want to etc. The battery also dies quite quickly, especially when you use the camera or video. Has been a fantastic phone though, and considering it is 2 years old everything still works fine and I would be changing it in a hurry.

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      07.11.2008 21:05
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      A decent phone for the price

      I'm not the biggest mobile phone fan in the world, however they have their uses and can be extremely useful at times. As I use mine purely for convenience, I'm not constantly changing it for the latest flashy model. I've only ever owned 2, a Sony K700i and this Samsung.

      When my Sony gave me the black screen of death one day, it forced me into buying another. It had been a good phone but I wanted something a bit smaller and more lightweight this time, so the search for another began.

      My first port of call was the Virgin mobile site, as I've used virgin all the time, and you can often find good promotions on there. Looking at the phones, the Samsung J600 touch sensitive phone caught my eye, mainly because it was half price at £35 and included £10 of airtime, plus free next day delivery. A quick search of the internet showed they were selling at around £60-£70 including e-bay, so decision made, I bought it.

      Now I didn't just jump in and buy it purely because of the price, I did check what functions it had. Although not wanting the latest does everything but talk for you phone, I did want a half decent one, and this model looked well capable of fulfilling my needs, well at least the ones that the barmaid at my local club won't, but that's another story.

      So, what did I get for my money? Well,it's a slim, smart looking slider phone. Mine is a nice dark metallic blue with silver trim and looks very smart, it also comes in black, silver and pink for the girlys. There is a decent sized 1.9" tft screen on the front which has a high quality display. Below the screen is a silver trimmed square with a button marked i on it. This is a shortcut button for connecting to the internet which also acts as the ok button when you're in the main menu. You don't have to worry about accidentally connecting to the internet as the phone is automatically locked until you slide it open. Also when you open it, it lights up your main screen and the touch sensitive functions on the front of the phone. These are four small illuminations, the bottom two for dialling out and ending a call, the top two for going to the menu, or to your contacts book, the top two are also used as confirmation for save/send/options, and back, when using the phones menu. On the right hand of the case is the on/off button, a shortcut button to the camera and a port for the charger, headphones or usb cable. On the left hand side of the case are two silver buttons which are used for zooming the camera or pictures on the phone or for adjusting the volume, below them is a slot for a Micro SD card. When you slide the phone open it reveals the keypad. Surprisingly for a phone this size the keys are a decent size and easy to use, especially for texting. They are backlit and it's far superior to the Sony I had for ease of use.

      The technical stuff:

      The phone has a 1.3 megapixel camera with a 4x zoom and built in flash. While today's latest phones are much higher it does take good quality pictures from close up, from a distance they're ok. You can also take and play videos. Again the quality is pretty good.

      It has an mp3 music player. The sound is a bit tinny through the phone speaker, but is a lot better through headphones.

      Built in FM radio, a nice touch but will only work with the headphones in, acting as an aerial.

      The phone has bluetooth, but no infra red.

      Built in modem and browser.

      There's a host of other functions in the menu too, which is the norm for mobiles nowadays, tri band, gprs, clock/alarm, calendar, calculator, ringtones, themes, games, call log, picture phonebook etc. and also settings, so you personalise the phone how you want it.

      There's 20mb of inbuilt memory but it does take a Micro SD card.

      The phone book will store 1000 numbers, well 800 actually, another 200 on the sim card.

      The battery has a talk time of nearly 4 hours and a standby time of 300 hours, with full charge up time of 2 and a half hours.

      It weighs in at 99 grams, measures 97.8 x 44.8 x 15.2mm and comes complete with charger, user manual CD software, stereo headset and a usb data cable.

      I've had this phone a few months now and it still looks as good as new. It's been in my pocket with loose change and keys but still looks nearly as good as the day I received it. I've dropped it a few times and the screen's survived, so it's a hardwearing phone. I like this phone, it's nicely compact and looks good. It's easy to use, has all the functions you need. Calls have always been nice and clear on it and texting is easy, no struggling with the keys. You can also call me childish but I derive great pleasure from setting individual contacts to display a stupid or rude picture and play a stupid noise or ringtone when they call me.

      However, it's not the perfect phone. The little square on the front with the internet shortcut in it is also where the directional function is. You press above, below, or at the sides of the i button to navigate the menu, it can be quite tricky and you can find yourself skimming all round the menu. Also the touch screen function on the front can be a pain at times, accidentally touch it and you can abruptly end calls, mistakenly dial someone, open a menu item you didn't want, send a half completed text, or accidentally delete one you're composing. These happen less and less as you get used to the phone but still happen occasionally. That apart, I'm happy with this phone and will not be changing it untill it breaks.

      This model is currently selling for £49.99 on Virgin

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        26.10.2008 03:16
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        A good way of parting with your cash.

        After my beloved Motorola W375 gave up the ghost, I had to buy a new phone. Easy enough, until you discover how much of a fickle git I can be.
        Now, I could just have replaced my Moto. The 377 model is still in shops at a very reasonable £30. But here's the rub: having had that particular phone for two years, I was well aware of it's limitations (the lack of infra-red and Bluetooth was rather frustrating, plus accidentally activating the browser was a major pain). In addition, I've since had a baby, and the amount of times people have told me to make sure I've always got a camera to hand.....well, it rules out a bog-standard VGA.

        So I had a bit of a criteria building up: decent camera, good network (so I stayed on PAYG with O2), Bluetooth, and since I like my music, something decent for playing music was a plus rather than an advantage. Then comes cost. I'm a bit of a skinflint in that I can't justify blowing £200 on a phone. I decided my benchmark was around fifty nicker, less if possible. Another factor was my clumsiness. Whilst I'm built like a voluptuous ballerina (if such a thing were possible), I'm as caggy-handed as an elephant. In a china shop with knick-knacks dotted around for good measure. So a tough little phone was a must, preferably a slider or flip, since I've had both styles and prefer an obscured keypad (it's been this way since I managed to 'ping' the keypad out of an older phone).

        I hit the internet and got browsing and price-checking. Being a Motorola tart, I checked out their new products first, but the Rokr just didn't do it for me. With an entire touch panel rather than buttons? Ugh, no ta.
        I found the Samsung J600 quite by accident, and was impressed enough with it to want it. Trouble was, it had been superseded by more expensive models. Thank god for Argos, although their new catalogue was out, they had a few left. And you know? I paid the princely sum of £10 cash. I'd forgotten that Argos take Nectar points (although they don't give them out).

        So once I had the phone, I quickly discovered the minuses, which were minimal. There's no easy way to slide the face unless you put your thumb just above the touch panel. I can see this being a downfall already. You do sometimes bash the touch panel, but only if you're the sort of person who tends to press the phone right up against your ear. Other than that, I can't really complain. The battery doesn't last particularly long, but for all the phone's functions, this is hardly surprising. The phone really comes into it's own with an SD card - you can expand the storage as much as you want to, or link your phone to a computer via the USB lead (a Bluetooth dongle is an optional extra). The SD card is a pretty essential purchase if you plan to take lots of pictures of keep lots of music files on the phone.

        All in, I'm pretty chuffed with it. It looks the business and does exactly what it says on the tin. User friendly and - most importantly for me - not a bloody Nokia.

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          12.08.2008 22:47
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          Really trendy phone, with great features with the disadvantage of the touch sensitive buttons.

          After months of moaning from my daughter about getting her a phone I decided I would get one for so I purchase the Samsung SGH-J600, it was the initial look of the phone that brought it to my attention I thought it was ultimate teen phone. It's very sleek and comes in a few different colours so there a colour to suit everyone. The phone is good value for money as the features you get are pretty good, the camera is good with the added advantage of zoom and you can add different effects on. The sound quality is okay as long as you don't like your music to loud. I thought that the touch screen buttons where great at first but now my daughter has had the phone for about 4 months they are actually a bit of a nuisance as they are really sensitive and you accidently end up closing things and calling people so this is a bit annoying. The phone has an acceptable battery although if you use the features such as taking photos and listening to music it uses a lot of battery and the phone doesn't last a long time. The memory size is really good and has plenty of room for all my daughters' music, pictures and videos. The phone itself is quite fragile as within three months of purchasing the phone the slide feature stopped working however after I rang Samsung they were able to quickly solve the problem really fabulous customer services. Overall if you're looking for a sleek and trendy phone and you're not to bothered about over sensitive buttons this phone is the one for you.

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            30.06.2008 21:40
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            Overall a very good phone but small fingers are a must

            Samsung j600 - the ultimate girly phone!
            The main attraction of this phone is its sleek, elegant appearance. Small enough to fit perfectly in your handbag or pocket but the slide mechanism extends it to a decent size when it comes to using it.
            The phone generally functions very well with easy to use menus and a camera which is easily operated by a switch on the side of the phone - the camera can be a bit slow at taking a shot but is pretty good for a phone camera.
            The touch sensitive buttons are a really good feature, disappearing when the phone slides shut which adds to the sleek appearance. However, they can cause problems for clumsy fingers - accidentally pressing them will result in phoning someone or connecting to the internet so this is definitely a phone for small fingers.
            The only other disadvantage is a fairly short battery life but overall I'd say it's an excellent phone and it comes in pink too!

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              08.04.2008 23:32
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              decent for a pay as you go

              After my old phone ended up in the washing machine I decided it was bout time for a new phone.
              This time I went for a sliding phone and the one I chose was the samsung, although mine is blue it's actually a pretty decent phone.

              The touch buttons are something new to me and to be honest they end up being a pain, as when you're using the phone you tend to randomly press one by accident.
              Other than that, the phone is top notch, considering of what it's made from it seems to be scratch proof.

              The camera is only 1.3 mega pixel but the qualtiy is fine so long as the pictures are on the phone.

              The phone comes preloaded with some standard games and other features such as music player but the overall function of the phone is superb, not once have I had bad reception.

              The charge takes a couple hours for full charge and that can last upto nearly a week.

              Considering the price in which this phone is selling for it's a pretty decent buy, although it's more of a pay as you go mobile.

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                23.02.2008 01:56

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                do not buy

                i recently decided to buy my mother a new phone as the one she had was very old - after seeing the phone my friend had just purchased i decided to buy my mother that - the only difference being i picked a different colour. This phone has a 2 megapixel camera which is reasonably good for a phone, it also has an external micro memory card and a mp3 player. One feature my mum loved about this phone was the bluetooth-having never heard of bluetooth before she was amazed that you could receive music from another phone!! The wonders of technology!!. I had to spend ages explaining it to - she thought bluetooth charged both phones,anyway. A big feature on this phone is the touch sensative keys which are meant to be great but i just think that they are annoying. The slightest touch and you phone someone even when you dont want to- i ended up buying the another samsung instead,one that still had her precious bluetooth

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              One grip of the Samsung J600 and you'll realize you're in good hands. Simple and direct, its compact dimensions are form fitting to your palm, the smooth sliding action satisfies. Intense hues enhance the glazed surface design with chrome metal trim for a high-impact look. Touch sensitive keys are instantly backlit, adding to a cool, refined look.