Fortunately, U.S. Cellular ships the handset with a 16GB microSD card, so you can at least save your multimedia files to the memory card. The smartphone supports a number of music and video file formats--MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, OGG, WMA, WAV, DivX, XviD, MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV--and it's also in line to receive an update that will enable users to download TV shows and movies for rent or purchase from Samsung's Media Hub video store.
Last but not least, we have the Mesmerize's 5-megapixel camera. It has an LED flash, tap to focus, and numerous editing options: white balance settings, ISO, metering, antishake, blink detection, just to name a few. Picture quality was excellent. Objects were clearly defined in our images, and colors were rich and vibrant. It's much better than the HTC Desire's camera. HD videos taken with the camera were also sharp and didn't suffer from the halo effect that we've experienced on other camera phones.
The Mesmerize has DLNA support, so you can use the AllShare app on the phone to wirelessly stream content, such as photos, to a DLNA-compliant device, such as an HDTV.
We tested the dual-band (CDMA 800/1900; EV-DO Rev. A) Samsung Mesmerize in New York using roaming U.S. Cellular service and call quality was OK. There was plenty of volume on our end of the call, but the audio could be slightly muffled at times. Meanwhile, friends said they could hear some crackling on their end, as if we were crumpling a wrapper or some paper, but none of this prevented us from continuing with conversation. It was just a bit distracting at times.
Samsung Mesmerize call quality sample
Speakerphone quality wasn't anything surprising. Calls sounded slightly hollow, but clear, and had plenty of volume. We were also able to successfully pair the smartphone with the Logitech Mobile Traveller Bluetooth headset and the Motorola S9 Bluetooth Active Headphones.
Though we were roaming, we got 3G coverage in Manhattan with satisfactory speeds. CNET's full site came up in 29 seconds, whereas the mobile sites for CNN and ESPN loaded in 7 seconds and 9 seconds, respectively. YouTube videos loaded within a couple of seconds, with HQ clips taking a few seconds longer. However, the videos looked beautiful on the smartphone's Super AMOLED screen and playback was continuous with synchronized audio and video.
Like the other Galaxy S models, the Samsung Mesmerize is powered by a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, and the smartphone ran like a well-oiled machine. Apps launched almost immediately, and the phone handily switched between tasks. It was rare that we experienced any significant delays on the device.
In our battery drain tests, the Samsung Mesmerize provided an impressive 7 hours of continuous talk time on a single charge. According to FCC radiation tests, the Mesmerize has a digital SAR rating of 0.57 watt per kilogram and a Hearing Aid Compatibility rating of M4.