Product Type: Samsung mobile phones
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Sleek and stylish little phone
Member Name: 85fiona
Advantages: small, lightweight, stylish
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
Summary: a great wee phone
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