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The Samsung U600 is one of the mobile phones from the Ultra Edition II range of phones. I purchased this phone 4 or 5 years ago, but it is still on the market, available on Amazon sim-free for around £175.
DESIGN AND DISPLAY
The first thing any user of this phone will notice is that it is extremely thin and lightweight. According to Samsung, it is less than 11 millimetres thick and weighs just over 80 grams. It is a traditional slide up phone, but is fitted with some excellent modern features, including the Touch sensitive areas of the phone, as opposed to the normal buttons you find on mobile phones.
The display on the phone is 2.2 inches, but has a very poor resolution in my opinion. But, 5 years ago we did not have HD Retina displays on our mobile phones!
The phone has a very good camera; it is 3.2MB which has a very good, even in today's standard, auto focus. I remember being very impressed by the very bright flash that this phone houses.
There is a music player on the phone, which can handle MP3 and AAC files. On the other hand, it is not a very practical, easy to use music centre, and the sound quality is not very good.
The internal memory on the phone is very low (under 75MB) but this can be expanded up to a few GB using a Micro SD Card. The phone has video camera, with a photo/video viewing system on board, which serves its purpose very well, with some basic editing functions.
Of course, the phone has all the expected accessories and utilities, like calculator, weight converter, as well as some excellent, simple little games!
The battery life on the phone is reasonable, and will last around a week on a full charge.
The feature which was designed to look sleek and snazzy was the touch sensitive panels, which do not require physical pushes, in order to access the function, or carry out an action. While this is normally handy, it comes in a problem when you accidentally hold your hand over the area, and perhaps call someone by mistake, or call up the wrong menu.
This phone is still a good entry level phone today, suited to people who want a phone with basic functions that looks well. However for the same price, you can probably buy a much better more modern phone.
I got this phone about 5 years ago when it was just launched, it was my first ever phone that I had on a contract and although it is pretty dated now at the time it was a really good phone!
The Samsung U600 is a slider phone with both physical and touch sensitive buttons (not touchscreen). It is a very compact and slick looking phone and measures 103mm x 49mm, is only 10.9mm thick and when it was launched it was the thinnest slider phone ever. The colour of the phone (well my one) is a slightly blueish grey, though it is available in other colours (dark silver, red, pink, blue, chrome and black & gold) and it is a very slick looking device. The phone sits neatly in your hand and is very lightweight at only 81g. The sliding mechanism is well made and springy so the phone easily slides open and closed.
The phone has a colour screen and it is nice is bright and is approx 4cm wide by 8cm tall, no where near the size of the modern smartphones but there is no need for a large screen on a phone like this so it is perfectly adequate. The phone also has a 3.2 megapixel camera with a flash, autofocus and a 4x zoom, pretty good for a 5 year old phone. You are able to take photos and videos with the camera and the quality is really good. There is also an in built radio and a micro sd slot so you can expand the internal memory from 5mb with a micro sd card of up to 2gb. The phone is also quad band, has a music player, a web brouser and a few wee mobile phone games.
When the phone is slid shut it has 4 touch sensitive buttons at the bottom of the screen (2 on either side) and in the middle a physical button with 4 directional buttons around the sides. The on/off button is at the top of the phone and it has volume up/down button at the side. There is also a camera shutter button on the side so when you turn the phone sideways to take a picture you can press this button, it feels more like taking a photo using a camera this way. Upon sliding open the phone you reveal a full physical phone keypad (all the other buttons are still use able as well). The touch sensitive buttons do get a bit of getting used to, I had no problem with them but I guess some people would get annoyed with them as they can be slow to respond when you press them.
Since this is a phone, it obviously does phone stuff. The battery is pretty good and you can get up to 4 hours talk time and 270 hours standby time, I would only need to charge the phone every few days depending on my use age. It can hold about 800 texts which I though was brilliant back in the day, and in fact the phone I replaced this with held less texts which I was kinda miffed about! The phone uses the now slightly old school T9 texting system, this was before the QWERTY keyboard really took off, but it is perfectly fine and it was all I was used to at the time!
Overall this is a great wee phone and if you are not looking for a smartphone then this could be the phone for you. I am unsure how much it cost when it first came out, but a quick look online and u can get it for £100 sim free (pretty steep actually I was surprised at that!) or you can get it second hand for about £20-30
- Overview -
I originally took out a contract with Orange back in 2007/2008 for this Samsung U600 which costed me around £25 per month but included the cost of insurance, 900 cross network minutes and unlimited texts so it seemed like a decent deal at the time. I have never really being too bothered about contracts as I've always had a decent handset and have changed my sim and tariffs to match my requirements over the years.
- Appearance -
I was very impressed with my first impressions of the U600, featuring a simple slide and "ultra-thin" design the handset really looks professional and business like and is packed with loads of little features that makes using the handset more enjoyable compared to others on the market. The handset is also very lightweight weighing in at just 93grams.
- Features -
The handset features a good quality camera / video recorder which features a 3.2 megapixel camera which although doesn't quite compare to the quality of camera on todays latest models however does still produce a high quality image. The camera also features Autofocus and a light.
The handset also features a 2.1 inch TFT colour screen 240x320 pixel, along with 60mb integrated memory with the option to expand the handsets memory with a microSD memory card.
The U600 also allows bluetooth connectivity for bluetooth headsets and other compatible devices for using the wireless earpiece whilst on the go. The device is also GSM and GPRS compatible allowing easy data access, and web surfing/e-mail.
The integrated Mp3 player can playback media in MP3 and AAC formats, aswell as the option of listening to the FM radio. Sound quality is good throughout whether it be the quality of calls, radio or music the user receives a constant clear and crisp sound with a large volume range.
- General Use -
The handset features two types of menus, "block" and "list" both of which are very easy to understand and navigate around, giving easy access to all major functions like adding, editing a contact, composing messages, viewing images, music and videos, java world (easily download java apps/games and other java content)
Basic features include: Calendar, Alarm Clock, Stopwatch, Timer, Memo, Voice Recorder, Converter, Image Editor, Smartsearch.
The U600 also features a Document Viewer for use of opening MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, TXT, PDF and JPEG files. Along with all these great features you can also connect the handset directly to the TV to playback videos in fullscreen or simply browse through photos or playback music tracks.
The handset also connects via USB for easy data storage between your PC and phone, can also access the external memory card via the cable.
- Conclusion -
When you compare this handset to the likes of the Iphone 4s or the Blackberry Bold then there is quite a lot of technology lacking however for a handset released in 2007, which can now be purchased for around £70-£80 you will find yourself getting a lot of cool features and a sleek designed without parting with all your pennys!
Hope this review has been useful to some.. Thanks for reading =)
My husband received the dark blue (almost black) version of this phone for his birthday in 2008. He seemed to like it, and I needed a new phone, so the week after I bought the hot pink version. Both cost £89.99 from a phone shop on pay-as-you-go. Mine was with Virgin, hubby's was with Orange.
In the box is the phone, battery, USB cable, instructions and charger.
The phone is thin, quite narrow. It is a slide phone with the buttons hidden under the slide. I found them very hard to press with my nails as like many women, I have long nails and the buttons are very flat. They are also small which adds to the problem. The touch-sensitive buttons can be adjusted so you can alter the sensitivity, but for me I just could not get it right. I ended up having to press the buttons two or three times to get what I wanted, on even the most sensitive setting! Majorly annoying.
The phone comes in black, navy, purple or pink. There is a 3.2 megapixel camera which takes good photos and for it's time, it was a good camera. However the problem with the camera is that the subject needs to remain still after you press capture for about 15 seconds. This means impulse photos or photos of my daughter when she was a baby are especially hard to do. After you press capture, if the subject moves you get a very blurred photo.
There is a radio and music player on the phone, which plays MP3s. The volume is brilliant and the sound is clear. No problems with it really. You need the headphones (supplied) to listen to the radio - they are very flimsy and cheap but they do the job.
There isn't much memory so ideally you need your own SD card. The battery life is rubbish - we both needed to charge our phones almost every night, despite only being light users.
The internet browsing is standard GPRS and quite sluggish, but good for its time. The games are ok, but most of them are only trial versions which means you only get to play a few levels.
The MAJOR downfall to this phone is the lack of signal. No matter what, for love nor money neither me or my husband could get a signal anywhere. It was very rare for us to get even a low signal. The phone shop said it was common but nothing could be done. We were both on different networks so we knew it was the phone, not the network that was the problem. We were also in different places (me at home, hubby at work) etc.
All in all - it is a great phone, slim and attractive in a good variety of colours - but absolutely useless without a signal.
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Back when this phone was released, I was dying to get it after looking at the advertisements and not having had a new phone for a while. After 3 whole days of waiting, I purchased a contract with this phone. I took it out of the box and put it straight on charge.
In the box was a set of headphones, a charger and a USB connector to plug the phone into a PC. After the phone had finished charging, I went through the long, grueling process of copying all of my contacts from my old phone onto the new one. It was then that I realised that the keys were unusually small. I knew the phone was slimmer and smaller, but the keys seem far too small. It wasn't too bad though, it was just something that takes some getting used to, just increasing the accuracy of your thumbs so you can type things quickly. Also, after copying the majority of my contacts and getting bored, I started to have a look through the menus to see what the phone had to offer. The menu screen is brilliant. The icons are large and unmissable and it is very easy to navigate through the phone. However, one immediate downside is the touch sensitive buttons. They are not very good and do not work too well.
After easily flying through the menu, I had seen all the great features of the phone. There is a 3.2 megapixel camera that allows you to take great pictures and record good videos. Now, this camera would be viewed as average, but back when this phone was released, 3.2 megapixels was a lot for a phone.
There's a great music player on the phone, and the built in speaker has rather good sound quality and a great maximum volume so it is good for calls as it means you can always hear what is being said. The quality of the music being played was great until it got to around 3/4 of the volume, at which point the sound quality rapidly decreased, however I haven't ever needed above 3/4 of the volume as this is still very high. On the phone, there is also an FM radio which you have to plug the headphones in to listen to. This is good as it allows you to listen to the radio on the move. Also, the supplied headphones are great quality. Not very durable, but have good sound quality and volume and are very comfortable in the ears.
The phone has some highly addicting games on it. I played these for around 3 hours and then used the internet on the phone to download some more. The internet was satisfactory but it took a while for things to load.
The only drawbacks I can give about this phone are that the battery does not last long for whatever you are doing, even if you are barely using the phone, however it does charge very quickly, and there is not much memory on the phone as standard, however, this can be helped with a very cheap Micro SD card which will provide a lot more memory for the phone. Also, the phone looks brilliant. Is is very slim and rather light and whatever colour scheme you choose, the phone always looks brilliant.
This little wonder is slim lined and sleek and very easy to slip in your jeans pocket without anyone realising it is there. Thumbs up for not being muggable.
It was one of the first phones to have a very basic mobile version of facebook available on it- so if you have a data plan on your contract and you are desperate to use facebook outside of home, use it... it may be slow but desperate times call for desperate measures!
The FM radio is excellent on it once you plug in the earphone/receiver and you can play it on loud speaker- a life saver in my university kitchen.
It has all the little things a phone needs: calendar, alarm, good camera with FLASH and lots of effects, a micro SD chip for extra storage, caluclator, converter, memo pad, FM radio, mp3 playback, an ability to store up to 1000 SMS messages and you can email from it as well but I did not use this feature as my internet was quite expensive.
This was my first phone and it was great! very easy to use and was very easy to get used to. The touch buttons, however did make it a little hard as I found if I sat on it by accident when unlocked I would call people or turn it off.
the camera has great quality and you have different features like Sepia and Grey Scale to take photos in rather than editing, although you can edit them after and make them Black and White and so on, the photos can be taken either using the side camera button or the middle 'OK' button and is can be easily switched to video.
the screen is a great size and shape but can crack easily, which means you have to be so careful in what gets on the screen and where and how you lay it down.
the internet is fast and easily accessed and has loads of different apps you can download on to it.
The internal memory is rubbish so advised that you buy a memory card with it.
The Samsung U600 is one of the slimmest and lightest mobile phones I have owned. The U600 is a very pretty aesthetically futuristic looking phone. The slider is easy enough to open using your thumb which displays the keypad. The keypads buttons aren't very deep rooted so sometimes you can end up double dialling a digit or pressing another digital by mistake as they are so close together.
The four touch pad buttons are the ones when the phone is closed can be difficult to get a response out of. I am quite heavy handed by nature so when a button doesn't respond by pressing it, I press it harder and it still doesn't work. What I found is the lighter you press it the better response you get. When pressing down on any of the buttons it can make a cracking sound where the phone is so slim and plastically or the screen isn't on properly I always try to be extra careful when using it.
I don't know the full extent on how durable it is yet as I haven't dropped it or put it in the washing machine (time will tell I know) but on the whole for such a slim and light phone it is pretty robust and sturdy. One complaint is the screen has gotten light scratches from fairly constant use. I don't know if this is where the phone slides open and gets caught or having it in my pocket has caused it.
From little to average use the battery lasts for about 2-4 days. If you put it on power saving mode so it goes dim after five seconds and black screen after ten and turn the sound off and don't use any juicy features like playing java script games then you could squeeze a week out of the battery life.
For a phone the music player speaker is absolutely fantastic. The sound is clear, full of clarity and has a crisp edge to it. The music player and FM radio works so well with headphones or by itself using the speaker that I normally choose my phone for musical choice than my iPod.
Navigations around the menu are self explanatory and straight forward. Pressing the left touch screen button displays all options available. Each application displays a picture of what the application is representing. For instance, messaging has a big envelope above its name so you know to click here to message e-letters.
I haven't used the bluetooth yet so can't comment on how well that fairs. The camera has 3.2 megapixels although this can get very jumpy when taking video and lags behind so it's like your taking pictures with blocks of images. Picture quality is average for a phone. Some pictures I've taken have problems such as red eye, blurred images or too light / dark where the auto focus forgets to do it's job properly. The camera is also slow taking 15-20 seconds to load up compared with other applications that come on straight away.
All in all, I'm pretty satisfied with the phone except low battery and slow camera. It was a spontaneous buy for me when the phone was new and I didn't read up about the low battery issue, if I knew it beforehand I probably would've looked more into other phones.
The touch buttons on the phone are pretty nice, although make sure you've dragged the phone together when inserting the power cable. That is, unless you fancy accidentally touching the 'call' button and ending up calling the latest contact. :)
The supported memory card is SD-card memory which you can expect to find in most cameras, mobile phones, your Wii, etc.
The SGH-U600 comes with a mobile management software if you want to use your phone for relaying internet access, sending text messages, etc. (But you can still select "Mass storage" when plugging in the USB cable and it will show up instantly as a normal storage device. It's what I use 90% of the time and it's nice when you're at friends with no access to the software)
1. Hotkeys: You can't assign one of the buttons to go straight from the main screen to a JAVA application. (You can only go to the list of all the JAVA apps. I use the Opera Mini browser daily and it's added up to thousands of extra clicks since I got it)
2. The battery: Way too short, now after having it for ~2 years I can easily use up all the juice while surfing through Opera Mini for a few hours.
3. The casing: Everything except the top of the case have survived with minor dents that are hardly visible. The top is made completely different and lost most of its color, revealing the silver color beneath.. I ended up scratching away all the color from the top to not make it less hideous.
4. Speaker sound: Personally, I can never stand the subpar quality of speaker-mode while listening to music on phones... But the U600 performed even worse than expected compared with other phones. No problem listening through headphones although there's no standard headphone input jack.
5. Camera: Taking photos on the U600 is incredibly slow, takes a few seconds after you want to take the shot, and if the camera or the scenery moved, well, you get a bad picture. This seems to be a common issue after looking around on the Internet.
I had this phone for my previous upgrade on Orange. Prior to having the Samsung U600 I had always like Samsung phones- they just seemed to be more stylish than chunkier Nokia or LG phones.
My phone had a purple casing, differing from the profiled picture but still had all the same functionalities. The overall look of the phone is very attractive; it is very slim, light-weight and looks very sleek. I really liked the slide opening of the phone to reveal the keypad. This meant that I couldn't accidentally call anyone whilst the phone was in my pocket as it was automatically locked and the screen was a fairly big size.
It had all the usual features re messaging and phone settings etc. I found the camera on the phone to be pretty rubbish to be honest. It took ages for the phone to actually take a picture after pressing the button and this usually resulted in blurred photos. The radio and the MP3 player were excellent, and it stored a fair few songs.
Throughout the course of this phone, I had problems with text messaging where the phone would freeze and stop writing the message. This was so frustrating! Especially if I was half way through a descriptive text. At the end of the phone's life, the sound on the phone also broke and so I could not hear people speaking to me. I'd had the phone less than 18 months before it "died" and would say I took quite good care of it - i.e. I didn't throw it around. Thus it is not as long lasting or hardy as some its Nokia counterparts.
U600 is a nice sleek sexy phone packed with features for its size.
I have had this phone and have bought it twice when my 1st got damaged.The blue model looks great and its all put together with quality
as samsung always does.The features like Bluetooth,mp3 playback video playback high res photo camera make this phone great and the list goes on and on here.Calling and texting is easy and enjoyable witht he large glossy screen.Wallpapers can be added from any jpeg giving
you a real sense of customization.It comes with headphones that are fairly loud and the music player is put together very very well with a micro sd card in for expansion.
The web insnt bad either though abit basic.The gaming is java enabled
and takes on the latest mobile games onboard.
So if you want a music player and multitasking phone without the bulk
this ones for you.I bough mine full price at £299 but i wouldnt pay more than £70 for it though as there are many offers for it now.
Conclusion=Looks great and has tonnes of features to keep you going.
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I bought this phone in pink over 2 years ago and you could say it was love at first sight. The sleek and stylish design makes it an ideal fashion accessory in addition to the more ordinary functions expected from a mobile phone.
Initially it was the touchscreen buttons that I found appealing because there weren't many phones with touchscreen functionality at the time. However, exactly one year after purchasing it I found that the touch buttons were becoming very temperamental. It would work at times, but then the light would stay on and I would be unable to use any buttons except the numberpad. Luckily I was still covered by samsung's guarantee and had the phone fixed free of charge but I really don't think it was worth the hassle. After just 2 years of use, the number keys are having the same problem and sometimes need to be pressed quite a few times in order to make them work which is annoying whilst texting.
A plus side to it is that it has excellent photo and video quality, using a 3.2 megapixel camera which was rare at the time.
I think it would be recommendable to someone who isn't as clumsy as me as I have (embarrassingly) made some accidental phone calls due to the touchscreen. The screen is also easily scratched and damaged so it should preferably not be carried around loosely in a handbag.
Finally, I think it was great value for money (apart from the few glitches). If you're thinking of getting one I would say go for it! It's an all round all-in-one phone with a stylish interior and all the functions packed in.
When I first opened this phone out of the box, I was impressed. At the time it was the slimmest slide opening phone which money could buy, at a miniscule 16mm. It was a sleek, neat design, with swanky touchscreen buttons.
And now - several years after getting this phone, it's still going. The LCD screen is, I'll own flickering at some points - the result of a loose cable I think, but otherwise the phone itself is in full working order.
THis comes as a surprise, even to myself. This phone has been thrown in a temper down the stairs, dropped from a second floor window, dropped on the floor countless times, and the phone is still working.
Yes this phone isn't loaded with the features of many smartphones today. Yes it can be slow to start-up, and the touchscreen buttons can be irritating when you put your fac to the phone to answer a call and it hangs up on the caller, but I personally have grown to really love this phone.
And for this reason, I would advise you don't buy it. My sentimentality for this phone makes me ridiculously biased towards it. I now ignore its faults, the problems, the sluggish software, and were I to go back and choose a phone again, I would steer clear of this phone which has totally stolen my heart.
I've had this phone for over a year now and it's still going strong. I'm a big fan of Samsung phones in general, I always find them very sleek and easy to use and this model is no exception.
The design of the phone is very impressive, it's a slide phone and only 10.99 mm in width. It has a large coloured screen with a clear layout. It's very easy to use - if you haven't had a Samsung before you will quickly become adept.
I (controversially!) mainly use my phone for making calls and sending texts, but I have made some use of the phones other capacities: it has the basics (calendar, conversion, calculator, a couple of games) a good music player (the sound quality is good) and the camera is an impressive 3.2 megapixels. The phone also has bluetooth and of course, WAP...I have tried to use this once or twice but it's rather difficult. If you're looking to use the internet on your phone this model is somewhat restricted.
I originally received this phone free on contract, it was a rather basic model then but I'm still very pleased with it, despite the proliferation of blackberries and I phones!
On my birthday, I needed a new phone, badly (my old model, a Siemens CL75, was on its last legs and pretty out dated.) A quick browse through the orange website, and I found this little beauty.
I have the Black model of the Samsung; however they are also available in metallic purple, silver and blue.
It's a relatively slim model too, it's 10.9 mm thick and has a length of 9.5 cm., so it's easy to fit into a pocket or a bag without taking too much room, The screen (LCD) Is about 4.5 x 3.5, it is also a slide phone, so again it's very compact.
The graphics are quite basic for the menu part of the phone, on the main menu there is a grid of cartoon images with title part above to tell you what it does, you also have the option of choosing block list or list menu, you can also pick a greeting message which will show when you turn your phone on.
The u600 has many of the essential features, there is of course Bluetooth, it is simple to use, with activation, name options etc, however, if you leave your blue tooth on all the time it does tend to wear your battery down quicker, I have mostly had good Bluetooth service, but quite a few times items I have tried to receive from friends have failed.
There is also music player, again easy to use there is already a default piece of music on, but afterwards you can download songs from your computer or receive them from friends via Bluetooth, you can have a maximum volume of 14, ok if your listening without headphones, but not much good if several of you are trying to listen, thankfully, a set of headphones are included in the pack.
The camera and video, the resolution is 3.2 mega pixels so not great quality, and it can be slow taking the picture, the video does not last long either, but it is convenient , there is also image editor, which allows you to warp, colour or put text into your pictures.
Games, there are several free java trial games in the application folder, they're ok for a quick go, but unless you buy, you cannot get the full versions.
Sound recorder, rather bad quality if you are recording a loud sound.
In the pack I received from orange, I got:
. Hands free Bluetooth ear piece (Have not used yet.)
.Samsung PC studio disc.
. USB cable, for pc
.TV outlet cable.
. Instruction booklet.
The battery on the phone will last for about 4-6 days, if you don't use any applications like the music player or Bluetooth, if you leave either on the battery will likely die in about 2-3 days, so make sure you turn them off if you're not using them to save the battery.
The phone memory is pretty small if you're planning to keep music, photos or videos on the phone, a memory card is necessary, but if you download music or videos onto the phone, they go directly onto the phones memory rather than the memory card.
As I have added more files and such onto my phone, I've found it sometimes when I'm going through my phone, the keys, which you can set touch sensitivity for, sometimes don't appear to work, especially if you are trying to cancel a message when sending.
I bought my phone from the orange site for about £50 + a £10 top up; on the Samsung site it is £124.80 sim free.