The music player is much like that on the Behold. It has a straightforward interface that supports album art. Features aren't plentiful, but you get playlists, shuffle and repeat modes, and six equalizer settings. You can drop files onto the phone using a number of methods (a USB cable or a memory card), and you can use Alltel's Nutsie application to play files from your iTunes library. You can send the player to the background while using other functions and select an airplane mode for listening to your tunes while aloft.
The 2-megapixel camera takes pictures in six resolutions, from 1,600x1,200 down to a special "picture ID" size. Other editing options include four quality settings, exposure metering, an adjustable ISO, a self-timer, an auto-focus, brightness and white balance, five color effects, and three shutter sounds (plus a silent option). You also can use multishot, mosaic and night shooting modes, and choose 24 frames. As previously mentioned, the Delve doesn't have a flash. Photo quality was quite good, with bright colors and little image noise.
The camcorder shoots clips with sound in two resolutions (320x240 and 176x144). Camcorder options are fewer than on the still camera, but it's a decent assortment. Clips meant for multimedia messages are capped at about 15 seconds, but you can shoot for almost 10 minutes in the standard mode. The Delve has 150MB of internal memory, but the microSD-card slot will accommodate cards up to 8GB. The easy-to-use menus are taken straight from the Behold.
You can personalize the Delve with a variety of wallpaper, and you can compose your own greeting. You can download more options and more ringtones from the Alltel Shop using the full HTML browser. The Delve comes with one game--Collapse Chaos--and you can purchase more titles from Alltel.
We tested the dual-band Samsung Delve SCH-r800 in San Francisco using Alltel's roaming service. Call quality was quite good on the whole. Voices sounded natural and we enjoyed a clear signal without any static or interference. The volume could be just a bit higher, but it should be sufficient for most users. We like that during calls you have instant access to the speakerphone, a memo pad, and the voice recorder.
On their end, callers said we sounded fine. They could tell that we were using a cell phone, and a couple of our friends reported minimal background noise, but the reports were largely positive. Automated-calling systems could understand us most of the time. Speakerphone calls were decent, though the sound was a little muffled on our end. Callers could hear us only when we were speaking close to the phone. Bluetooth headset calls were satisfactory.
The Delve supports Alltel's 3G EV-DO network, though we were unable to access it in our roaming area. But even over a 1xRTT connection, the browser was relatively responsive. We had no issues scrolling through pages using only our finger. The browser controls and interface are similar to the Behold's.
The music player has minimal output via the phone's sole external speaker. As such, we recommend using a headset for the best experience. We weren't able to test the Nutsie, TV on Demand, or GPS features.
The Delve has a rated battery life of 4.7 hours talk time and 14.58 days standby time. As expected, the tested talk time is close at around 4 hours 21 minutes. According to FCC radiation tests, the Delve has a digital SAR rating of 1.04 watts per kilogram.