Samsung SGH-E635 (T-Mobile) review: Samsung SGH-E635 (T-Mobile)

The rear-facing VGA camera is better than average, with decent color range, focus, and light balance. You can take pictures in 640x480, 320x240, or 160x120 resolutions, and you get a flash and a mirror for self-portraits. The camera also features a 4X digital zoom, a flash, a self-timer, and special effects (black and white, sepia, and emboss). You can save finished pictures to the phone's memory, and it takes just a few clicks to send picture messages via e-mail or to T-Mobile's MyAlbum service.

The SGH-E635's VGA camera took decent photos.

You can personalize the Samsung SGH-E635 with a variety of wallpaper or download more choices and ring tones from T-zones. To get really creative, make your own tones with the SGH-E635's integrated ring-tone composer. The phone includes two Java games (SnowBallFight and BubbleSmile), but you can always pick up additional titles.

We tested the triband (GSM 850/1800/1900; GPRS) Samsung SGH-E635 in the Chicago area using T-Mobile's service. Call quality was generally good; we heard callers clearly, and friends on the other end reported no problems hearing us, either. The volume was sufficiently high, and we encountered little interference from other electronic equipment. The integrated speakerphone gets plenty loud, though it distorts a bit at higher volumes.

Talk-time battery life lasted a marathonlike 6 hours, easily beating the rated 4.3 hours. Samsung promises up to five days of standby time; we reached six days in our tests. According to FCC radiation tests, the Samsung SGH-E635 has a digital SAR rating of 0.7 watts per kilogram.