The phone's VGA camera takes pictures in four resolutions (640x480, 320x240, 160x120, and 128x120) and with three quality settings. Other camera options include a night mode, a 2X zoom, five color tones, brightness control, and three shutter sounds plus a silent mode. Once you've taken a picture, you can send them to friends or save them to the phone's relatively meager 2.5MB of internal memory. Photo quality was what we'd expect from a VGA camera--colors were washed out and details were fuzzy. Still, the quality is sufficient for quick shots for friends. The SGH-C417's camera does not shoot video.
We tested the quad-band (GSM 850/900/1800/1900) Samsung SGH-C417 in San Francisco using Cingular's wireless service. Sound quality was satisfactory, but voices at times sounded hollow. Volume level was fine, and callers could hear us plainly. Yet we did experience some problems with the phone's voice-response systems when the surroundings were noisy. Speakerphone calls were good, and we had no troubles using a Bluetooth headset.
The Samsung SGH-C417 has a rated talk time of 5 hours and a promised standby time of 10 days. Our tests showed a surprising talk time of 10 hours and 28 minutes. According to FCC radiation tests, the SGH-C417 has a digital SAR rating of 1.51 watts per kilogram.