The 1.3-megapixel camera takes pictures in six resolutions, from 1,280x960 pixels down to a special size for picture ID. Other options include a night mode, a self-timer, adjustable brightness and ISO, a digital zoom, four white-balance settings, five color effects, three quality settings, spot metering, 10 frames, and four shutter sounds, plus a silent option. The MyShot II doesn't record video, and, as previously mentioned, it doesn't have a flash. Photo quality is about average--most of our shots were blurry and a tad washed out. The MyShot II has about 48MB of user-accessible memory, but you can get more space with a microSD card.
Like on Cricket's Samsung JetSet, the MyShot II's music player is fairly simple, but it offers a fair number of features. You'll find playlists, an equalizer, and repeat and shuffle modes. Adding music to the phone is easy, with either a USB cable or memory card. Tunes over the external speaker were unexceptional--headphones will offer a better experience.
You can personalize the MyShot II with a selection of wallpaper and color themes. You can download more options, and additional ringtones, from Cricket with the WAP Web browser. The MyShot II doesn't come with any games.
We tested the dual-band (CDMA 800/1900) Samsung MyShot II in San Francisco. Since the Bay Area isn't part of Cricket's home coverage area, we made calls using the carrier's roaming network. Call quality was satisfactory for the most part. The signal was clear and free of static, and voices sounded mostly natural. Some callers sounded a bit breathy, and the volume could be louder, but those were the only problems that we noticed.
Callers said we sounded fine. They could tell we were using a cell phone, but that's a not a bad thing. Some callers reported an echoed effect, but most of our friends didn't complain. Automated calling systems could understand us, but we had to be in a quiet place. Speakerphone calls were relatively clear as well, but the volume was too low.
The Samsung MyShot II has a rated battery life of 4 hours talk time and 12.5 days standby time. We received a talk time of 3 hours and 25 minutes. According to FCC radiation tests, the MyShot II has a digital SAR of 1 watt per kilogram.
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