The VGA camera takes pictures in three resolutions and three quality settings. Other editing options include a self-timer, four color tones, a brightness meter, five white-balance settings, and a night mode. The M330's camera does not record video. When finished with your shots you can save them to the phone (internal shared memory is limited to 12MB), transfer them off the phone via Bluetooth or a multimedia message, order prints from a third-party vendor, or use Sprint's PictBridge service to send them to a compatible printer. Photo quality was relatively clear for a VGA shooter.
You can personalize the M330 with a variety of screensavers, greetings, and design schemes. More options and additional ringtones are available from Sprint via the WAP 2.0 wireless Web browser. The M330 comes with demo versions of three games: American Idol, Asphalt 4: Elite Racer, and The Price is Right.
We tested the dual-band (CDMA 800/1900) Samsung SPH-M330 in San Francisco. Call quality was better than on the M240. There was less static and interference and the volume was louder. Our callers sounded natural and we had little trouble hearing and understanding in most environments. The only issue that we noticed was that the phone picks up a bit of wind noise.
Callers were similarly positive. They also mentioned some wind noise, and they could tell that we were using a cell phone, but most conversations transpired without incident. Speakerphone calls were satisfactory, as well. The volume could get quite loud and the audio was clear even at the highest levels. Bluetooth headset calls also were fine.
The M330 has a rated battery life of 6.3 hours talk time. Our tests showed a talk time of 5 hours and 40 minutes. According to FCC radiation tests, the M330 has a digital SAR of 1.22 watts per kilogram.