The Evergreen's 2-megapixel camera is a step up from many of its 1.3-megapixel cousins. Supported resolutions are 1,600x1,200; 1,280x960; 640x480; and 320x240. In addition to the aforementioned Video Share setting, the camera offers an optional night mode, three focus settings, five white balance settings, five color effects, and six shooting modes, including panorama and continuous. Additional settings control shutter sound.
The camcorder shoots at a 320x240 resolution, and has an option to limit message length for video messages--about 30 seconds long at a 176x144-pixel resolution. Otherwise, the camera and camcorder share all other settings. The Evergreen has 256MB of internal memory for storing your media. The microSD card slot accommodates cards up to 16GB.
As music players go, the Evergreen's is functional, with onscreen controls to pause, play, and skip. You can shuffle and repeat a song, and create playlists in advance or on the fly. The music player controls also extend to Bluetooth headsets, but remember again that there's no dedicated jack for wired headphones. There is a shortcut from the music module to AT&T's music store to purchase more songs.
There are six games onboard the Evergreen, a few of which are Brain Challenge 3, Pac-Man Champions, and Tetris. You can also purchase more from AT&T's online application storefront.
The Evergreen's Earth-friendly properties include energy-saving power settings that automatically adjust screen time-out and brightness. You'll also find a pedometer (a tool called Eco Walk), an eco calculator that calculates your driving efficiency, and appropriately themed wallpaper and ringtones.
We tested the quad-band Samsung Evergreen (GSM 850/900/1800/1900) in San Francisco using AT&T's network. Call quality was acceptable, but hardly stunning. We heard a pervasive digital buzzing on our end every time a caller spoke. We didn't notice any other distortion, breaks, or interruptions, though. On their end, callers said our voice clarity sounded flat and dull but also mentioned there was no problem with the overall conversation.
Speakerphone volume sounded nice and loud to our ears, but we noticed that same buzzy distortion. Our friends, by contrast, said we sounded quiet, and noted some digital distortion. They had a hard time hearing us and asked us to turn speakerphone off.
Samsung Evergreen call quality sample
AT&T's online services tend to load slowly, even over 3G. We often lost patience before things loaded or had to set down the phone to come back later. That's not uncommon with messaging phones, but it may make all but the most dedicated users think twice before exploring an app or service.
The Samsung Evergreen has a rated battery life of 5 hours, and a standby time of 10.4 days. According to our tests, it has a talk time of 5 hours and 7 minutes. FCC radiation tests measure a digital SAR of 0.41 watt per kilogram.