The Freeform has a simple music player interface, with the artist and album information at the top and the player controls along the bottom. You can create and edit playlists on the fly, and you can set songs on repeat or shuffle. You can also change the "visual supplements" of the interface with a simple text view, an onscreen equalizer, lyrics (if you have them), or album art. The Freeform has an internal memory of 55MB, and you can always boost it with up to 16GB of external memory in the form of a microSD card.
The 1.3-megapixel camera on the Freeform takes pictures in four resolutions (1,280x960, 640x480, 320x240, and 176x144) and three quality settings. Other settings include five white balance presets, five color effects, a night-shot mode, and four shot modes (Single Shot, Series Shot, Mosaic Shot, and Fun Frames). Photo quality is mediocre at best, with overcast colors and blurry images.
You can personalize the Freeform with graphics and ringtones. It also comes with a few apps and games like Wallpaper Universe, Collapse Chaos, My-Cast Weather, nuTsie, and Tetris. You can always get more of these customization options from Alltel's Web store via the wireless Web browser.
We tested the Samsung Freeform in San Francisco using the Alltel service, roaming on Verizon Wireless. We were impressed with the call quality overall. We heard our callers clearly with plenty of volume. Voice quality was a little on the harsh side, but that's a minor quibble.
On their end, callers reported similar call quality. We came through loud and clear, and they even said it was almost that of landline quality. They reported little to no distortion in our voice quality as well. In speakerphone mode, we heard them clearly, though the speaker output made their voices sound tinnier than usual. Callers said that there was a lot more echo effect and environmental noise in speakerphone mode, but that's to be expected.
Music played via the phone's mono external speakers sounded mediocre at best. Not only was the audio tinny, it was also flat and bass was almost nonexistent. We would recommend headset use instead, especially since the Freeform does come with a 3.5mm headset jack.
The Samsung Freeform has a rated battery life of up to 6 hours talk time and up to 8.3 days standby time. Our tests came pretty close with a talk time of 6 hours and 15 minutes. According to FCC radiation tests, the Freeform has a digital SAR of 0.48 watt per kilogram.