Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Samsung Impression

 The Samsung Impression is one of the many phones AT&T dropped a few weeks back that features a full QWERTY keyboard. The Impression stands out from the rest as a full touchscreen device that uses an AMOLED display. The phone mimics many smart phone features, and has a very polished UI that reacts smoothly to the user’s command. It’s honestly a great feature phone, yet the experience using it left me feeling I was using a very limited smart phone, which might be the point. As a result, I was left comparing the Impression to the iPhone, not because the iPhone is so great, but simply because the iPhone is the direct competitor for the Impression, especially at the $199 price tag. Users who are looking at the Impression need to think long a hard and analyze their needs before buying this device.

Design, Styling and UI

The device is smooth and curved. It feels good in the hand and weighs enough to give the impression of quality. The subtle chrome accents make the Impression stand out, and small features, like a proximity sensor to turn off the display when near your face, add to the overall quality of the Impression.
TouchWiz on the Samsung Impression is fast and fun to use. Dragging widgets onto the background from the side dock was fun, and the variety of widgets kept me entertained. My favorite is the widget to cycle through pictures and assign the phone a new background. It eliminates so many steps that other phones have you go through.  There’s also a dedicated Bluetooth widget that makes for easy pairing, and even gives a cool graphical representation of nearby devices, making selection quick and easy. The media player was simple enough, and the microSD card expansion slot allows for 16GB of additional storage, one-upping the iPhone there.

The Display

Whatever else this phone offers, the first thing you notice, and the biggest selling point, is the AMOLED display. It looks absolutely gorgeous in any light, including direct sunlight.  The colors are vibrant and it makes details on the screen pop out.  The display is a 3.2” wide TFT touchscreen and offers 256K color support at the resolution of 240 X 400. The display is the real draw to this device. AMOLED is brighter, has better viewing angles, and consumes less power than previous generations of displays.
The actual touchscreen is capacitive, and offers the user haptic feedback whenever they make a selection or scroll through menus.  The one issue I have with the screen is the thin plastic they use as the main touch surface: it scratches way too easily from objects that aren’t even sharp enough to scratch other phone screens. If you buy this phone, get a screen cover.

The Phone

The Impression is a good phone. Call quality was excellent on both ends. The signal usually remained strong in my area, never dropping below 3 bars, and the reception was clear and sounded good. The speakerphone on the Impression also worked well. Using it on the road, the caller was still able to hear me, and I could hear and understand them well. For more Detail

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