The Seek comes with a pretty simple music player. You can create and edit playlists on the fly, and there are the usual repeat and shuffle modes along with the player controls. The phone only has 128MB of internal memory, but you can add up to 32GB of external storage via a microSD card. The music player will only work when you have a microSD card inserted anyway.
You also get a 1.3-megapixel camera, which can take pictures in four resolutions and three quality modes. Other camera settings include a night mode, six color effects, white-balance controls, a self-timer, shooting modes, center/spot metering, brightness, and three shutter sounds with a silent option. Photo quality is average. Colors look muted and the images were blurry.
If you want, you can purchase and download graphics and ringtones to further customize the Seek. In addition, you can get games and applications via the Sprint store.
We tested the Samsung Seek in San Francisco using the Sprint network. Call quality was quite impressive on the whole. We heard our callers clearly without any static or distortion. Voice quality sounded natural for the most part.
On their end, callers said they enjoyed good call quality as well. They could still tell we were on a cell phone because of a slightly harsh tinny quality to our voice, but that was the only negative.
Speakerphone calls did not go as smoothly, however. If we held the phone's mic close to our mouth, our callers could hear us just fine, but as soon as we held it around 7 or so inches away, they said we sounded muffled. On our end, the speakerphone calls had plenty of volume albeit with a slight echo effect.
Audio quality for music playback was decent, but not great. The speaker offered loud but harsh sound. We would suggest the use of a headset for the best experience.
Since the Seek only has 1xRTT speeds, surfing the Web felt rather slow. We managed to load the CNET mobile site in around 30 seconds, for example.
The Samsung Seek has a rated battery life of 5.8 hours talk time and 10 days standby time. Our tests showed a talk time of 5 hours and 2 minutes. According to the FCC, it has a digital SAR of 1.08 watts per kilogram.