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By Mike Joubert 20 July 2009

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Business phones usually costs a packet, so the price conscious Samsung C6625 should come as a relief to already stretched business folk. With its 2.6\\" display and full QWERTY keypad underneath it sure looks the part of a top notch business device. But hands on you can tell that Samsung saved money by mostly opting for plastic in the build. The plastic feel of the device is a bit of a downer, but having said that the C6625 is a joy to carry about its 108 g does not weigh down the pocket like other business offerings we’ve tested.

Mobile Navigator

Samsung bills the aGPS enabled C6625 as a Mobile Navigator and package it with a complete car kit and Garmap preinstalled on a MicroSD card. It is one of the few phones that include a car kit and this is extremely welcome, especially if you don’t have a stand alone GPS unit already. At high speeds the car mount did shake a bit too much for our liking but generally we found it satisfactory.

Garmap is one of the easiest navigation packages we’ve worked with, but you only receive a one year license. Keep in mind that after expiry the software won’t work and you will be required to buy a lifetime licence of R999 incl. VAT. Yikes!

Windows

The device runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard and comes with Pocket Office that lets you edit (but not create) Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. It can also be hooked up to Microsoft Exchange and synced with your PC.

The interface that Samsung created for the phone is interesting but we would have enjoyed a bit better access to the business orientated features. Scrolling from panel to panel brings up one of the phone’s cons, its interface lag. Overall we weren\\\'t satisfied with the speed of the device, since applications took just that bit too long to open.

Keyboard and Battery

The keyboard is fine, although the keys are just a tad small to be really comfortable. Both the camera and battery leaves much to be desired. The two megapixel camera shouts for one megapixel more, while the battery entered the “get concerned” zone much too easily for our liking, even with average usage.

The Samsung C6625 is not your BlackBerry Curve or Nokia E71, but as a mid-range HSDPA enable business phone it is pretty decent. The added navigation package is a treat, just a shame about the one-year licence on the Garmap software.

PROS
GPS car kit included, lightweight, interesting interface, HSDPA
CONS
Plastic feel, a bit slow, battery life not great
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