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Samsung Profile SCH-R580 (U.S. Cellular) review: Samsung Profile SCH-R580 (U.S. Cellular)

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If you've got a memory card, you can access the music player. The Profile uses the stock Samsung player that we've seen in other basic phones. The onscreen controls aren't beautiful, but they enable you to play, pause, and go forward and back. Shuffle, repeat, and creating playlists also are options. The quality was fine for a cell phone, and we had no problem with volume on our medium-range headphones. Optional viewing modes display an equalizer or lyrics and album art where available.

Colors were off on the Profile's 2-megapixel shooter.

The Profile's 2MP camera is familiar to anyone who's owned a similar Samsung phone. You get four resolutions ranging from 320x240 pixels to 1,600x1,200 pixels. There are three shooting modes, three quality settings, and five white-balance presets. You also get night mode, a self-timer, six color effects, and shutter sound options. Photo quality was passable on the Profile, with sharp enough edges on human subjects, although edges in busy shots looked less clear. Colors were also noticeably washed out, and there aren't any image-editing tools.

Camcorder settings are similar in terms of white balance and color effects, but you'll use a lower resolution when limiting video length to fit within a multimedia message. Length will be curtailed at about 30 seconds, too. Playback was pixelated but smooth. The Profile has 100MB of internal memory, but you can add up to 16GB of flash memory.

You can customize the Profile with extra games and wallpaper, downloadable through the EasyEdge storefront. This is U.S. Cellular's online storefront for selling and distributing apps for news, weather, sports scores, games, and e-mail. The Profile comes with a limited-time demo of Pac-Man.

We tested the Samsung Profile (CDMA 850/1900) in San Francisco on U.S. Cellular's roaming network. Call quality was strong, with loud, clear voices that sounded natural, and none of the background hiss we sometimes hear. There were occasional breakups and bobbles, but they didn't occur frequently enough within a typical call to cause much interruption. On their end, callers were impressed by the clarity and agreed that volume and timbre were spot-on.

The speakerphone was nice and loud on our end, but sounded muffled. Still, we could easily carry on a lengthy conversation without distraction. Our callers on a landline phone described the volume as uncomfortably loud and distorted when we held the Profile at waist level. Giving it 3 feet of distance smoothed out the levels, and they could still hear us clearly when it was 5 feet away.

Samsung Profile call quality sample Listen now:

The Profile has a rated battery life of 6 hours of talk time and 12.5 days of standby time. According to our tests, it has a talk time of 5 hours and 51 minutes. FCC radiation tests measure the Profile's digital SAR at 1.0 watt per kilogram.

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