The SGH-A237's VGA camera takes pictures in four resolutions, from 640x480 down to 128x96. Editing options include a night mode, four color effects brightness and white balance settings, exposure metering, a digital zoom, three shutter sounds, and metering exposure. The A237 doesn't record video. Photo quality was pretty good for a VGA camera. Colors were relatively bright, there was little image noise, and we had enough light even without a flash. Just remember that vanity shots will be tricky since there's no self-portrait mirror. The SGH-A237 has about 3MB of shared memory for storing your work.
You can personalize the SGH-A237 with a variety of wallpapers, themes, background colors, greetings, and alert sounds. You always can get more options from AT&T with the WAP 2.0 wireless Web browser. For gaming the SGH-A237 comes with demo versions of Ms. Pac-Man, Tetris, JQ solitaire, and Bubble Bash. You'll have to buy the full versions for extended play. You also get demo versions of My-Cast 5 Weather and Mobile Banking.
Unfortunately, call quality rather disappointing when we tested the quad-band (GSM 850/900/1800/1900) phone in San Francisco using AT&T service. The volume was loud, but the voice quality on our end had a distorted vibrating effect that sounded rather harsh. Callers didn't quite sound like themselves.
On their end, callers didn't report the same issues but a few said they had trouble hearing us, particularly when we were talking in noisy locations. A few also mentioned some static, which is something that we didn't notice. Needless to say, they could tell we were using a cell phone. Automated calling systems could understand us most of time.
Speakerphone calls were marginally worse. The vibrating effect was more prominent and we had to be close to the phone. On the upside, you can activate the speaker after you've made a call with one press of the OK button. Bluetooth calls were a bit better.
The Samsung SGH-A237 has a rated battery life of 5 hours talk time and 10.4 days standby time. It has an impressive tested talk time of 10 hours and 6 minutes. The SGH-A237 has a digital SAR of 1.14 watts per kilogram.