Samsung S5600 Preview0
G1. Unfortunately, unlike the first Android phone, the cool transition effects are, well, pretty conspicuous in their absence. Anyway, the good thing is the three screens provide quite enough space to conveniently deploy a number of widgets and loading up on even more goodies is as easy as duck soup. We are as happy as can be that having been MIA for several years, Samsung has finally come to its senses and zeroed in on what its customers need coming back to its colorful, lively and detailed main menu icons. We are quite pleased to find out the S5600 has got all functions an average user can think of or wish for – organizer, calendar, alarm clocks and the like, FM radio, music player with song recognition, photo gallery etc. Although not a letdown, what fails to meet our expectations is the phonebook. Searching entries feels a bit clumsy and sluggish, because entries aren´t filtered as you enter letters, but thankfully, there´s a slider you can use to select phonebook entry groups by the first letter of the name.
3-megapixel camera with a LED flash, its interface bearing a striking resemblance to the one found on the 8-megapixel UltraTOUCH (there´s quite a number of available options and it is pretty comfy to use with just your bare fingers indeed). Likewise, you can hardly deem the S5600 fit for eager photographers. Where the phone strikes the right note is taking the odd snap to remember an occasion. You can also create your own QVGA resolution video clips at 15 frames per second.
Last but not least, what gripped our attention is the fake call option that helps you to throw pricks off and steer clear of boring chitchats. Well, boring is something the S5600 is definitely not. The phone looks cool, has but an appealing interface and at a proper price it can pose a serious threat to the LG Cookie in the budget touch-screen solutions class, even more so given its full fledged 3G functionality to help meet the growing demands of the new internet-savvy generation. You will soon find out whether or not the phone is up to task however, when we write a full review about it.