As with some, the P207 comes with an extensive voice-command menu. By pressing the voice key, you can direct the phone to send a text message or dial the number of a new contact (by saying the phone number) or an existing contact (by saying the name). You also can check the mobile's status, signal strength, and battery life; look up your own phone number; and open the calendar, the ring-tone menu, the to-do list, the phone book, and voicemail. We found the voice commands useful, and the phone usually understood our instructions. And we especially liked that the voice-command key is inside the phone, which keeps misdials to a minimum.
The P207 ships with a VGA camera that takes photos in four resolutions, from 640x480 to 160x120, at any of four quality settings: Super Fine, Fine, Normal, and Economy. It has three shutter sounds but no silent option, and you can adjust the brightness, flip the image orientation four ways, use the 3X zoom at even the highest resolution, choose from nine color effects, and select from 30 fun frames. Other options include multishot, mosaic-shot, and night-shot capabilities, as well as a self-timer (up to 10 seconds). We like that each of the keypad buttons acts as a shortcut to a camera function, but it's annoying that you can't turn off the sound effects for zoom and other functions. The camcorder can record videos up to 1 minute long at 176x144 or 128x96 resolution, with or without sound. You get a choice of effects similar to the camera, plus a timer. When you're done snapping photos or taking videos, you can send them via a multimedia message or save as many as will fit on the P207's 14MB of memory.
You can personalize the P207 with a variety of wallpaper, clock styles, and sounds. Additional options and ring tones are available for download via the WAP 2.0 wireless Web browser. For playtime, five Java (J2ME)-enabled games (Bobby Carrot, Airship Racing: Around the Globe, ArchAngel, and FreeKick) are installed; more titles are available.We tested the triband (GSM 850/1800/1900; GPRS; EDGE) Samsung SGH-P207 in San Francisco using Cingular Wireless service. Call quality was fine on our end, with admirable clarity and sound. Callers, however, could tell we were using a cell phone; we sounded hoarse, with some occasional static.
Battery life was impressive. The mobile is rated for 3.2 hours, and we came away with 4.75 hours of talk time on a single charge. Though it fell short of the promised time of eight days, standby time also was satisfactory at just more than six days. According to the FCC, the P207 has a digital SAR rating of 0.62 watts per kilogram.