Sony Ericsson K600 Review: Display, Background, Video Calls, Camera

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It's all relative

The display is the same like the one of Sony Ericsson K750/W800. It's just a millimeter smaller (height and weight), the resolution is the same - 176 × 220 pixels at 262K colors. It has an excellent illuminating power and fine contrast. Doesn't impress much however, compared to the K750. The body of K600 is slightly bigger than the one of K750 and there is no such gigantic black area around the display.

Sony Ericsson K600 display • in the black

The main menu doesn't surprise with anything special. This is a typical recent Sony Ericsson. The icons are very delicate and fine painted; there is some kind of animation almost everywhere in the menu. The phone is not slow, rather on the contrary. But the menu might freeze for a second while showing the impressive animations. The novelty in the main menu is the video calls icon.

Example of the possible views of the main classy screen and the menu

Another colorful theme • the recent video calls icon

From stand-by mode the left context key shows the call list; with the correct one you enter the menu. Beneath them are located the classic back button and the correction "C" button. Long ago Sony Ericsson threw aside the red and green receiver buttons, the calls are controlled by the context keys under the display only.

See you, see me

The button with the weird icon (you can hardly guess, what is it intended for), which was located above the joystick in K750, now has been moved to the correct side of the phone. If you press it you see the activity menu with three tabs.

Shortslit button for entering the activity menu

In the "my shortcuts" tab you can add all significant items from the menu, to which you want to have quick access. The "recent events" tab collects the received unread messages, missed calls and alerts about the events in the organizer. The last tab is for bookmarks of your favorite web addresses.

Personal menu

A button with the same size is located on the left side of the display; it opens a separate window for video calls in 3G network. We'll have the chance to check out this function not until Christmas, when UMTS will be launched. By this time we can see how the display looks at video call.

Video call button

There is a place for picture from the front capturing camera (CIF resolution - 352 × 288 pixels) in the left bottom edge. You can see yourself in it. The rest of the area is for the picture of the calling party. A narcisist would exchange the images.

Display at video call • with exchanged images

During the call you may zoom in the image x2 and adjust the exposure. It is possible to turn off the front capturing camera entirely. You will be shown even in the darkness - the night mode will help.

In case you want to show something of the surroundings to a fridiscontinue on the other discontinue of the line you have the possibility to switch to the main camera. The video call is activated very easily; choose or write number and after pushing "Call", press immediately the left video button.

Open, Sesame!

We have examined how the second capturing camera works; let's portray now the main one. The built-in capturing camera is protected by a rotating cover. The detents are in its corners. A mirror for self portraits would suit well, having in mind that the second capturing camera can't hold pictures.

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The lens cover is very simple

There is an illuminating Light Emitting Diode (LED) above the lens, which is not as fine as the light in Sony Ericsson K750. It is single (K750 has two LEDs) and its illuminating power is warmer, not such sharply blue-white.

The illuminating Light Emitting Diode (LED) is above the lens

The capturing camera is 1.3 MP, with 1280 × 1024 pixels resolution. It offers a 4x, smooth digital zoom, which works using crops. So, there is no possibility to utilize it at full picture size. The phone behaves like a digital capturing camera while photographing but the auto focus is missing this time.

While photographing you may see in the left lower corner the selected resolution and how much pictures of that quality can be stored in the built-in memory of 33 MB. Four photo modes are available in the settings - normal, panorama, frames and burst. There are three picture sizes, night mode, light activation, self-timer delay, visual effects, and white balance setting; there is an option of recording time and date directly on the picture. The capturing camera stores the capture data in the EXIF header of the stored JPG file.

Camera menu

Viewing pictures

The colors came right. They are quite authentic; the exigent red and blue colors are the same as in reality. The whole area of the photos is sharp. There were some problems with the auto exposure - on the picture with the tree the sky is apparently overexposed. The text test is not fine - it is not focused, taken from the classic distance of 30 cm.

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The sample pictures open in full resolution

Sony Ericsson K600 records a video in 3GP format and 176 × 144 resolution. You can utilize the zoom while recording; the maximum length of the video is limited only by the free memory.



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