Samsung Alias U740 ReviewSamsung SCH-U740 6.4
The camera on the U740 is a standard 1.3MP CMOS sensor, which is used on most phones. So we were not surprised by the sub-par images that it takes in comparison to the 2MP enV and 3MP A990. Pictures that were taken outside lacked sharp edges and did not have good color representation. Indoor pictures were more faded and blotchy, depending on lighting conditions. There is a small LED flash that can provide light up to 4 feet. Once again we felt that the U740 was a “budget” phone because of the poor images that it took, reminiscence of the Chocolate and VX8600.
Taking a picture can be done with the phone flipped open either way, but there is an important difference. With the phone opened the normal way, pictures are taken in “Portrait” mode. While opening the phone in the clamshell fashion will take pictures in the more traditional “Landscape” mode. This is the only phone on the Verizon line-up that can take images either way. Despite the lack-luster images, the camera software is easy to use and has some of the same features from the more high end A990. There is only a 1.5 seconds delay from the time you press “Ok” to take the image until the image is actually taken. If choosing to save the image, it will show you the default file name it will be saved as. You can either click Ok and use that name, or erase it and enter in another file name. Saving the image takes another 3 seconds. An easier and faster way is to select Auto Save in the options menu. This will bypass the screen asking you to select the file name. With the Auto Save turned on, the total time to take a picture, save it, and then be ready to take another picture was a reasonable 5 seconds.
- Color Effects: Normal, B&W, Sepia, Antique, Negative, Green, Aqua, Cool, Warm, Sketch
- White Balance: Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Manual
- Light Metering: Average, Center, Spot
- Save Memory: Phone, MicroSD Card
- Auto Save: On, Off
- Preview Mode: Actual, Full
- Icon Display: Display All, Partial, Guideline, No Icons
- Ready Sound: Off, Say Cheese, Look Here, 123
- Shutter Sound: Off, Shutter, Ok, DingDong
- Reset Settings: Yes, No
- Flash: Off, Always On, Auto, Only This Shot
- Self Timer: Off, 2sec, 5sec, 10sec
- Save Quality: Fine, Normal, Economy
- Resolution: 1280x960, 640x480, 320x240, 160x120, Picture ID
- Multi-Shot: Series, Divided, Auto/Manual
Pressing the camera button a second time will take you to the Camcorder mode. Video recording is limited to only 176x144 resolution, but can be recorded up to the available memory on the phone or MicroSD card. But if you are looking to send a video to another phone or E-Mail address, you can only record up to 15 seconds. Many of the same Menu Options are available in the Camcorder mode, including Color Effects, White Balance, Memory, Auto Save, Icon Display, Start Sound, End Sound, Recording Time, Flash, Self Timer, and Quality. Due to the low resolution of recording, it is best to view the videos on the phone. Viewing them on a PC will show that the images are fuzzy with poor color and soft edges. We would of liked to have seen the U740 be capable of recording videos in 320x240 resolution. This would have helped with the overall video image quality.
Samsung Alias U740 Review - Camera, Music, Software