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Samsung SGH-T609 Review

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Connectivity:

The T609 is a quad-band phone which makes it great to travel with around the world. When sending multimedia messages or just browsing through WAP, the phone uses GPRS, and EDGE for increased performance. Also the phone can act as a modem either via a USB cable or wirelessly through Bluetooth. The phone also supports Object transfer, Dial Up Networking, and Handsfree profiles via Bluetooth.

Camera:

Samsung SGH-T609 Review


Pressing the right side button launches the camera which takes about two seconds – a relatively quick one. Instantly it's very easy to switch into video mode if desired or changing the amount of pictures you want to take. The T609 has the option of taking up to 15 pictures consecutively using the multi shot function, which is perfect for capturing that ultra cool Ferrari driving by. The camera can take up to 1.3 megapixels photos. When taking photos at the maximum resolution, it takes about three or four seconds before taking the next picture.

There are a lot of options in the camera, the shooting mode includes (single shot, multi shot, and mosaic shot). Also you can select between effects like (Black & White, Negative, Sepia, etc.), there are many frames to choose from, and the phone also has a self timer option of (3, 5, 10 seconds). The video camera can record for about one minute at 176 x 144 pixels, and despite the low resolution it would have been better if you had unlimited length for your videos, because a memory card can be inserted.

Samsung SGH-T609 Review
Samsung SGH-T609 Review
Samsung SGH-T609 Review
Samsung SGH-T609 Review
Samsung SGH-T609 Review
Samsung SGH-T609 Review
Samsung SGH-T609 Review


The pictures taken with the camera look bad even if you take them outdoors and there is a lot of light. The main problem is the bad color reproduction as yellow is dominating. Purple fringing is quite often in bright light, and sometimes a large part of the picture is affected by it and we even got a totally purple picture occasionally, with the rest of it displaying false colors. The video quality is normal for MMS, but nothing more.

Samsung SGH-T609 Review
Samsung SGH-T609 Review
Samsung SGH-T609 Review
Samsung SGH-T609 Review
Samsung SGH-T609 Review
Samsung SGH-T609 Review


Music:

The T609 supports a Micro SD Translfash card for additional storage of videos, music, games, or photos. The phone supports MP3 ringtones but they cannot be used if received via Bluetooth there is a software limitation that only lets you use MP3 files as ringtones if they are downloaded from T-Mobile or any other ringtone vendor, which is really stupid. You should be allowed to use your own music and software to make a ringtone, having in mind the phone supports the MP3 format. One impressive feature of the T609 is the location of the speaker, which is located under the hinge so that the ring is always audible, no matter if the phone is opened or closed, or how it is positioned.

Samsung SGH-T609 Review
Samsung SGH-T609 Review
Samsung SGH-T609 Review


The interface of the player is similar to the one user in other Samsung phones; playlists can be created, but there is not capability for arranging the loaded songs by album/artist/genre any other criteria.
There is a “graphic equalizer” during playback which has nothing to do with the music currently being played, just like the one in Windows Media Player – quite useless.
It's disappointing that there's not A2DP Bluetooth profile, which restricts you to using only wired earphones, connecting them to the Samsung port.
The Music player cannot be used in background mode and you cannot listen to the music and navigate through the menus at the same time. When the shell is closed it keeps on playing. 

Games:

The phone is pre loaded with five games Bobby Carrot, Airship Racing, Arch Angel, Freekick, and Midnight Pool, all of which are JAVA based and have wonderful colors.
Additional games based on JAVA technology can be downloaded. Loading takes relatively little time so there's no boring waiting and wondering when the game will start.

Samsung SGH-T609 Review
Samsung SGH-T609 Review
Samsung SGH-T609 Review
Samsung SGH-T609 Review
Samsung SGH-T609 Review
Samsung SGH-T609 Review
Samsung SGH-T609 Review

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Display176 x 220 pixels TFT
Camera1.3 megapixels
Size3.59 x 1.81 x 0.88 inches
(91 x 46 x 22.5 mm)
2.93 oz  (83 g)
Battery800 mAh, 3 hours talk time

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