Yes so people screaming for it's release should be thankful they'll get a quality piece of equipment eventually. Samsung had a working D600 model since March, and lots of testing since then!
As a sponsor of the Winter Olympics in February, Samsung are giving 8000 of these for use by Olympic officals and staff. If there were to be problems with the quality, it would be a marketing disaster. Samsung already gave a D600 to the Olympic organising committee president at the start of May.
The hardware is probably fine. But given the complexity of the firmware, it's quite time consuming to fix any bugs. After buying this phone I'll update the firmware at a later stage (seriously). One of my Nokia updates almost doubled the speed of some of the functions. (data must be backed-up prior to any reflash)
hi bob.did u know that samsung made a major fault in their sound system in E720.
most of the users have complained regarding the
sound quality.iam very doubtfull that they might make the same mistake in this phone.
Best indications are July to September in most markets. Samsung are still debugging the firmware. The phone was somewhat prematurely announced by Samsung a few months ago.
Yes I'm waiting for it to be available and I intend to buy one. I've been waiting for a while for a compact and light phone with a very nice display, and personally I like the slider form (and hate flip phones). However I'd still recommend people to check out the other new Samsungs as we all have different tastes and needs. I definitely suggest getting a model with the 240 x 320 display since I've seen this on some Sharp models, and it's such a pleasure to have such rich colour and smooth fonts, not to mention the high quality of images displayed.
You can install Java applications, some are generic but some are model specific. You can download these, both free and paid. The firmware includes the Picsel File Viewer but I haven't yet seen a definitive list of filetypes supported in the D600 (just Office, pdf, etc). This from the picsel site:
Picsel File Viewer *can be* configured to support *one or more* of the following document types; Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint, Adobe PDF, ASCII Text, Macromedia Flash, ZIP compressed files, HTML/mHTML and a variety of Image formats, including BMP, JPG, GIF, PNF, WMF and EMF.
are u planning to buy this phone bob???
can softwares be installed in this phone??
No, not double. About 40-50% more. But at release time, if there is high demand the price could be at a stupid level for a short time.
hi guys.some say the price will be double the price of D500.is it true
Anathanema, what will the price be of the D600 if you think to know that it will be the second most expensive phone? I would appreaciate if someone can give me a good estimation of the release price in Europe. And is it true that it will certainly not come before august?
Can anyone tell me if you can have your own MP3's as a message alert on the D600. My major disappointment with D500 was you were stuck with the boring 10 installed message alerts and no chance of customisation.
Don't believe the claimed battery times. But yes the much better screen on the D500 will consume more power than the low resolution Sony screen when in use (not much when in standby or talking though).
Also, a spare battery for these phones is small and slim and handy to keep in a pocket or bag if you use the phone a lot. The generic type batteries are usually (not always) fine, and a fraction of the cost of the branded ones.
this will be the most expensive phone (after P860)
frankly, I'd get a N6680 or a K750 instead of this one.
I don't say it's bad... but samsungs always break ur pocket (or credit card :D )
Thanks so much for your help Bob and Pieter, I realy appreciate your expertise and suggestions re other models.
I'm really keen on the Samsung 600 & I actually prefer a sliding rather than a flip
phone.The file viewer is a real plus. Like you Pieter I think it's really idiotic for Ssng to announce D600's release & not follow through quickly & efficiently. Its frustrating enough, to push potential buyers towards a more reliable, do as they say, manufacturer with a comparable alternative.
I'm doubting between the D600 and the K750i. I see some advantages from the D600 (more pixels screen and memory) but this phone has also some disadvantages. Battery capacity is only half of the K750i and the K750i is already available with the rest of all the great functions. I am really disappointed that samsung takes so long to release this product, while they announced it just like the K750i in Q1. I think people should realize this when they compare the D600 with phones that are already available. If they were both available now I would buy the D600, but I don't know if I can wait for another few months...maybe when samsung releases the D600, SE announces a new release soon of an even better phone. And so you can wait forever....
I can think of good reasons for samsung for not releasing it now (D500), but it is frustrating to wait so long....
The Z series from Samsung are their 3G phones, so if you want 3G-specific services from your carrier then you might want to look at those phones. The Z700 and D600 are not too much different in terms of features, and you can do a (basic) comparison by clicking Compare on the left of this page.
The biggest difference for most people is probably physical - the Z700 is bigger and heavier (about another third in size), and is a flip-phone with a swivel screen. However it will work on both GSM or UMTS 3G service, so if you want video calling then the Z series will do this.
If you have seen how brilliant these 240 x 320 screens are compared with a lot of the junk offered by other brands, you will know that you must buy a phone with one of these excellent screens!
The P850 is extremely similar to the Z700, just non-3G.
The D600 has a file viewer so you can read text, word, excel, pdf, etc. on your phone, the P850 also has this, but the Z700 does NOT. File viewing sounds very interesting, if you want to review work on the go, or read a word, text, or pdf e-book!
Some people like slider phones (D600), some prefer flip phones (P850), and some want video calling (Z700).
Check out all of the 'coming soon' Samsung phones, there are some interesting models in there!
Hi,D600 looks sensational but on CNet Asia site >special reports >samsung stuff >scroll to end > this mobile Samsung SGH-Z700. It seems even more amazing. Any comments? Basic comparison of the 2 phones v mch appreciated especially from BOB (you are brilliantly knowledgeable and give clear advice). Thanks Marni
Oh my god, have you compared those two phones? Click the Compare link on the left under the phone photo and compare the D600 with the Nokia 6111. The Nokia is such junk!! The screen resolution is 128 x 160 compared with D600's 240 x 320! The Nokia does not have any card slot, and just 23Mb memory, compared with the D600's 90Mb (ish) internal plus unlimited memory via the memory card! And the battery life is longer on the D600.
These phones are in totally different classes. Nokia is good at using cheap junky components utilising old technology to keep their costs down, then selling the phones at full price. I suggest you read the D600 review (the link is posted here somewhere).
I don't know whether to get this or the Nokia 6111? heard bad things about samsung phones tho (not had one before). I emailed samsung to see if this phone would have a FM radio and this is what they said " I'm afraid we have no definite information regarding the releasepattern
of the D600 at this time. We would ask that you keep an eye onour
website for any updates.
The handset should have an integrated FMradio, although we cannot say
100% as we do not have final specs at the moment" if it does have radio + the more powerfull camera will probably get this one - is the signal and battery life good on Samsung?
Macro mode refers to a mode that allows a camera to focus on objects that are very close, this is an optical feature and is different from digital zoom which is merely replicating and/or averaging pixels. There are so many great features about this phone, it is surprising that people care more about the camera stuff (on a phone!) than the other features. Anyone have any links to good quality photos taken from the D600? All the ones I've seen are very fuzzy and need to be scaled down to 1/16th size (400x300) before they look decent.
If you take photos with this camera and it allows you to scale the images down with good resampling, it will have very decent (small) images to fantasize over in the bathroom. Of course macro mode would allow you to focus very close-up to objects, great for those intimate moments, guess you won't be using this phone for that.