If you are a big fan of the latest mobile phones, you may have noticed how Samsung has got a thing for making their models super thin. But they do it so effortlessly well. It's hard to imagine how Samsung packs in so much good stuff into a very slim profile of a handset. Here's another sexy addition to the flock, the Samsung U600, which debuted in spring 2007.
The U600 is a slider phone that has dimensions of 49 x 103 x 11 millimeters, and has a mass of 81 grams. The body comes in silver blue finish. The QVGA screen is nothing but small, at 34 x 45 millimeters. It has 240 x 320 pixels resolution and can display over 262,000 colors. The LCD is flanked by touch-sensitive soft keys, send and end keys, and a four-way toggle button in the center. The unit slides up to reveal a flat numeric keypad.
The 3.2 mega pixel digital camera with 4x digital zoom is hidden so it is well-protected when not in use. To access the camera, you need to slide up the phone. There is an auto-focus feature plus an LED flash. The camera is capable of video recording as well. The U600 has a name card recognition feature which takes a photo of a calling card and saves the contact information into the phonebook.
The U600 has Bluetooth and USB connectivity. The unit has an internal memory of 60MB, which can be extended with a micro SD card up to 2GB, sold separately. Mobile businessmen and women can take advantage of the PC sync feature of the U600. Also, you can connect your laptop or desktop PC to the internet using your phone. Other useful tools are calendar, currency converter, alarm clock, voice recording, voice memo, and reminders. The U600 comes with vibrate alert and an assortment of polyphonic ring tones.
There are several messaging options provided by the U600, like SMS, MMS, and email. When selecting a receiver for a text message, a list of recent names will pop out for you. Plus, the U600 has a Smart Search feature, which lets you find specific files or folders that you saved on your U600.
This phone can play music in mp3, AAC, and WMA formats. You can pair up the U600 with Bluetooth headsets or ordinary stereo headsets to enjoy your play lists or the built-in FM radio. The U600 also supports Java games and applications. Call quality is great on the U600. In the box with the mobile phone are the instruction manual, USB cable, charger, stereo headset, and CD-ROM.
Although this phone is slim, Samsung did sacrifice some important things, like distinction between buttons on the number keypad. The LED flash on the camera adds a sort of blue tinge to the photos. Audio playback on the loud speakers could also use a little volume. But overall, the slim Samsung U600 performs well and is at par with its contemporaries. The phone is now available in North America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region.