November 12th, 2007

The Pen Phone Concept

Yes I know, its one gadget that everyone will want to have, its like a new iphone concept, unfortunately this phone wont be available to soon on the store shelves because its only a concept. However, Gizmodo informs us that the Pen Phone concept will be developed by an anonymous manufacturer.

The Pen Phone Concept

The phone uses Bluetooth ear buds for voice calls. It features a little display, the dialing numbers, a microSD card slot and seems to support USB connection. The project looks very promising and I bet they will hit some high numbers when they put this gadget on sale.

you should also read this article about the New iPhone.

September 25th, 2007

Samsung SGH-U600 Review

I’ve recently bought the Samsung U600 and I have to say it “Samsung did it again”. The U600 is the slimmest slide phone ever, measuring an astonishing 10.9mm thickness. It is a new model featuring a 3 megapixel camera with flash and autofocus, and a nice music player. The Samsung U600 is the first of the second-generation Ultra phones to hit the market and is the replacement for the very popular Samsung D900 ultra-slim slide phone. At just 10.9 mm it’s even thinner than the D900, making it the slimmest slide phone available.

Picture of Samsung SGH-U600 close-up

As well as making it thinner, Samsung have shaved a couple of millimeters off the width of the phone, which is a very good thing, because flat wide phones are not as ergonomic as conventionally-sized phones. And if you thinking about weight the Samsung U600 is 10 g lighter than the D900, making it an extremely lightweight phone. Another important aspect of the u600 is the touch sensitive external buttons (the ones you see when the slide is closed).Looking at the other features, the camera is Samsung’s best yet, and it comes with a high-resolution 3.2 megapixel resolution, LED flash, autofocus, incorporates CCD-shift image stabilization and digital zoom.Picture of Samsung SGH-U600 front and side

The only bad thing about the camera is the delay from pressing the button to the actual picture being taken which is about 2 seconds, I guess that is caused by the stabilization sensor, so it makes it hard to catch fast moving objects. There’s also a good quality video camera. The display is high resolution (240 x 320 pixels) with 262,144 colors and is excellent. The music player supports a wide range of formats – MP3, ACC, ACC+ and e-AAC+ – and has very good sound reproduction. You can use the stereo headset supplied by Samsung or a wireless Bluetooth headset. You can also listen to music through the built-in loudspeaker which features a Bang & Olufsen digital power amplifier.

The battery is less powerful than the D900’s, but Samsung claim that battery performance has actually been improved due to a new technology called OPUS (Optimized Power Usage Solution).My battery life is about 4-5 day’s, I achieved this by doing some settings , which I will explain in a later post. User memory is about 60 Mbytes so if you like to store more songs on your phone you will have to add a Micro SD card. The max memory card possible for this phone is a 2 Gbyte card, with storage for around 500 songs.

A PC data link kit is included in the sales package, for transferring music from a PC. The messaging on Samsung U600 is cool looking and it includes support for email attachments and a document viewer for viewing MS Office, PDF and HTML files. The available EDGE connection is nice for fast downloads.

Samsung SGH-U600 different collorsPicture of Samsung SGH-U600

Other features that I would like to point out is , the quad band operating frequency, wireless photo printing with PicBridge compatible printers and the TV-Out connector for viewing your photos and videos directly on a TV. To finish this review, The Samsung U600 is a lightweight, ultra-slim, sexy-slider phone, that’s what made me buy it.

Here is some pictures i took with the phone , so you can see the quality:

Picture taken with Samsung SGH-U600 camera (box and headphones) Picture taken with Samsung SGH-U600 camera (hand)Picture taken with Samsung SGH-U600 camera (box opened)

Next is a list of specifications :

  • 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus, flash and 4x digital zoom
  • Video camera (MPEG4 format)
  • Display: TFT, 262,144 colours, 240 x 320 pixels
  • Music player (MP3, ACC, ACC+, e-AAC+ formats) with digital power amp
  • Messaging: SMS, MMS, email (POP3, SMTP, IMAP4, SSL, TLS)
  • Document viewer for MS Office, PDF and HTML files
  • Mobile printing via Bluetooth (PicBridge�)
  • Java games
  • Memory: 60 Mbytes plus MicroSD memory card slot (expandable to 2 Gbytes)
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.0, USB 2.0, TV-Out
  • WAP 2.0, GPRS Class 10, EDGE
  • Quad band
  • Size: 103 x 49 x 11 mm
  • Weight: 81g
  • Talktime: 4 hours
  • Battery standby: 270 hours

If you would like to learn some Samsung SGH U600 tips you should read this article of mine.

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