The VGA camera takes pictures in three resolutions (640x480, 320x240, and 160x120), and you can choose from three quality settings (fine, normal, and economy). Other features include a self-timer, a 4x zoom, six color tones, a night-shot mode, brightness and white-balance settings, and three shutter sounds plus a silent option. When finished with your shots, you can save them to the phone's memory--the SCH-U410 offers a respectable 40MB of shared space--upload them to an online album, or send them in a multimedia message. Photo quality was disappointing, unfortunately. Colors weren't terribly sharp and images tended to be blurry. The SCH-U410 does not support video recording.
You can personalize the SCH-U410 with a variety of wallpapers, display themes, and alert sounds, and you can download more options and more ringtones from the WAP 2.0 wireless Web browser. The SCH-U410 does not come with any games or other applications. You can buy titles from Verizon, but keep in mind that the carrier uses BREW instead of Java.
We tested the dualband (CDMA 800/1900) in San Francisco using Verizon Wireless service. Call quality was decent, but we've heard better on Verizon phones. There was some audible static on the line and the sound had an echoed effect at times. On the upside, we enjoyed enough volume, and voices sounded natural but the quality was not consistent. Occasional callers may not mind the shortcomings, but we wouldn't recommend the SCH-U410 for heavy cell phones users. On their end, callers reported similar conditions, and they had trouble hearing us unless we spoke close to the phone. The speakerphone was okay, but it's only passable when you and your caller are speaking in quiet environments.
The Samsung SCH-U410 has a rated battery life of 3.3 hours and 7.08 days standby time. Our tests revealed a talk time of 4 hours and 40 minutes.