Samsung SGH-T329 Stripe review: Samsung SGH-T329 Stripe

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The SGH-T329 had unimpressive photo quality.

The Stripe's VGA camera takes pictures in four resolutions (640x480, 320x240, 160x120, and 128x96). Other features were less plentiful than on the SGH-T309 but you still get a decent range of options including five color effects, a 4X zoom, brightness and white balance controls, a night mode, and a self-timer. As we said previously though, a flash and a self-portrait mirror are absent. Once a picture is taken, you can send it via multimedia messaging, upload it to an online T-Mobile album, or store it the phone's 21MB of memory. Photo quality is what you'd expect from a VGA camera; objects were fuzzy, and colors were washed out.

You can personalize the Stripe with a variety of wallpaper and alert sounds. As always, you can buy more options from T-Mobile's T-Zones Internet store with the WAP 2.0 wireless Web browser. For playtime, there are demo versions of five Java (J2ME) titles: Forgotten Warrior, Freekick, Arch Angel, Lumines Block Challenge, and Midnight Pool. You'll have to buy the full versions for extended play.

Performance
We tested the tri-band (GSM 850/900/1900) Samsung SGH-T329 Stripe in San Francisco using T-Mobile service. Sound quality was uneven overall. The volume was a tad weak and may be too low for users with hearing impairments. Also, while voices sounded natural, the audio was patchy on a few occasions. It wasn't a total deal breaker but it was noticeable just the same. Also, while voices sounded natural, the audio was patchy on a few occasions. It wasn't a deal breaker but it was noticeable just the same. On their end, callers reported similar conditions. Speakerphone calls has a slight echoed effect and were only really effective when we were in a quite location. The tri-band support is rather disappointing as we're used to seeing full quad-band world phones from T-Mobile.

The Stripe has a rated battery life of six hours talk time and 11 days standby time. Our tests, however, revealed a talk time of only 4 hours, 25 minutes. According to FCC radiation tests, the SGH-T329 has a digital SAR rating of 1.38 watts per kilogram.

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