There has been a lot of hype surrounding this new release from Samsung, as soon as the model gained FCC approval the forums started to light up with speculation about release dates. Well it has now arrived, Samsung’s first 5 megapixel camera phone.
Contrary to popular belief, the new Samsung camera phone is actually the third phone to be released onto the UK market with a 5 megapixel camera.
Most, if not everybody has now heard of the new Nokia N95 but many will not have heard of the first high specification camera phone to be launched with 5mp – The LG KG920 Leo. The LG model had a very quiet launch and is still only available from very select mobile outlets.
So the new Samsung model has two competitors already, but worry not, this new phone is far more sleek, stylish and smaller than the others.
It is the Samsung G600, or to give it its full and proper model title: Samsung SGH-G600.
The G600 makes great use of Samsung’s trademark smooth slide, protecting and revealing the hidden keypad and softly clicking into place. The overall look of this new model is full of sleek curves with a matt black finish, there are no rumours as yet as to whether this model will be subject to Samsung colour branding escapades seen recently with their U600 range of now 7 different colours.
The phones 2.2 inch display offers is a QVGA with 240 x 320 pixel resolution and 16 million colours which is sure to pleasure those who like to view their works of art on screen before transferring. The overall feature pack is not dissimilar to that of other high-end Samsung models but it is the camera that is the real selling point.
The 5 megapixel camera has one of the best video recording resolutions on the market and when combined with a TV-out function you can plus directly into or connect via Bluetooth to a TV set and display your video clips for all to see.
The camera offers digital zoom, the all important autofocus and built-in flash for poor light conditions and would make an ideal replacement for a standalone camera saving you having to take two devices out with you.
Other features include an MP3 Player making short work of creating new playlists for your enjoyment, an FM Radio for tuning into your favourite station whilst out and about plus expandable memory using MicroSD cards of up to 2GB, enough storage for the busiest music or photographic enthusiast to save their music tracks, pictures and video clips.
When the G600 is closed there are some handy external keys to navigate the menu and check status information, as well as an extra button on the side of the phone to take stunning pictures with the camera.
This is a Quad band handset allowing the user to travel the world and connect to foreign networks without even knowing as the phone will automatically detect and select the strongest signal in the area.
The Samsung G600 has a good battery life with 3.5 hours of talktime and 300 hours of standby time, pretty impressive for such a high specification phone.
In conclusion, the unique selling point of the G600 is without doubt the 5 megapixel camera, but with the range of features on offer and the sleek, curved styling this phone will attract a big consumer range from those who enjoy owning the latest gadgets through to the real photography experts for quick but quality pictures on the spot.