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Small but perfectly formed
Ultrathin catwalk models may be frowned upon of late but without a shadow of a doubt ultrathin phones are still the hot ticket. Their last series of phones were already verging on undernourished but latest quartet in Samsung's Ultra Edition II lineup are positively skinny.

Featuring the U600, U300, U100 and U700 Samsung have gone beyond just making a slim phone, they've somehow achieved it while cramming in an unfeasible level of functionality. Bulk may have been brutally trimmed but as you'll see, features are still abundant.

Under review today is the u600. This slider format phone will probably be the most popular of the four-model assault even if only because it slots in comfortably at the new end of the supremely popular D600 - D900 - E900 lineup.

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At just 10.9mm thick the u600 does the seemingly impossible and takes a full 2mm off the already slim D900. It also somehow manages to beat it in the weight stakes too coming in some 2g lighter at a mere 81g. Remarkably the screen size hasn't suffered as a result as the u600 packs in a 2.2" 320x240(QVGA) 262,144 colour TFT LCD which, while not quite on a par with the very best I've seen, is bright, sharp and evenly lit. Being in the UK I can't yet comment on its performance in sunlight all the signs are good.

Closed the u600 looks surprisingly attractive. The deep metallic blue colour gives it a classy look that manages not to be too formal and makes it equally at home in a suit or jeans pocket. The silvered dial and end call keys are both touch sensitive as are the two dash-shaped soft keys which reside above them on the screen's lower edge.

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The right hand "end call" key also doubles as the delete and menu exit key which takes a little getting used to but soon becomes second nature. Sensitivity seems to have been toned down a little when compared to the E900 which makes accidental operation less likely. A minor gripe is that neither the dial nor end call keys are illuminated.

The four way navigation pad is big enough to be easy to use even with my sausage fingers while a separate central button for web access and action confirmation makes selection all the easier.

The spring assisted slider mechanism remains smooth and easy though there's no obvious place to position your thumb to slide it open. Using the navigation pad to slide the phone open rarely causes the phone to perform any unintended actions but it just doesn't feel natural somehow.

Once open you'll find that Samsung have taken a lesson from the Motorola RAZR and opted for a perfectly flat etched metal alloy keypad. Feedback from the keys is limited but I found it to be sufficient for rapid use, well, rapid by my standards at least. Illumination is in white and while there's no ambient light sensor you can set a time in the menu before which keypad illumination becomes inactive thus saving on battery drain.

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Platform
EDGE
GPRS Class 10
Quad Band (GSM 850+900+1800+1900 MHz)
WAP 2.0
Java MIDP 2.0
The highest SAR value for this model was 0.484 W / kg
Black Chr(38) white UI

Size
81 g
103.2 x 49.3 x 10.9 mm

Display
262,144 colours
240 x 320 pixel
QVGA TFT LCD
2.22”

User Interface
Black Chr(38) white UI

Camera
3.2 Megapixel
Digital Zoom (x4)
LED Flash
Autofocus
Fullsize portrait / landscape view
Single- / Multi- / Mosaic shot
White Balance/ ISO

Video
Video player
Video recorder (MPEG4, H.263, AAC)

Music Chr(38) Sound
64 Polyphonic Ringtone
MP3 Ringtone
MP3-Player (MP3, AAC, AAC+, e-AAC+, WMA)
Digital power amp (ICE power® Technology by Bang & Olufsen)
Music library
WM DRM / MTP
OMA DRM 2.0

Business Chr(38) Office
Document viewer
Mobile printing
Offline Mode (Flight mode)
Voice memo
Voice mail

Messaging SMS
EMS
MMS
Predictive Text Input T9
Email (POP3 / SMTP / IMAP4 / SSL / TLS)
vCard / vCalendar
SOS messaging

Connectivity
Bluetooth 2.0
SyncML
USB 2.0
TV-out (PAL / NTSC)

Personal Information Management Calendar
To do list
Scheduler
Clock
Worldtime
Alarm
Timer
Stopwatch
Calculator
Converter
Short cut
Call Functions
Speakerphone
Text / Photo / Video Caller ID
Dialed / missed / received calls
Call forwarding / barring / waiting / holding
CLIP / CLIR
Call time / Call costs
Memory 60 MB User memory
200 SMS
1,000 Phone book entries
microSD external memory (up to 2 GB)
Special Features
OPUS (Optimized Power Usage Solution)
Smart UI / Smart Search / Smart Messaging / Smart LCD
uMenu / uGo / uTrack
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