Samsung Illusion Review
Even though it has been several months since Verizon introduced its first 4G LTE smartphone, the HTC ThunderBolt, not everyone lives in a 4G area or wants to drop a few hundred on a new smartphone. Enter the Samsung Illusion, as it is under $80 with contract, yet has a modest set of features for the budget conscious consumer.
The Samsung Illusion is compact and fits comfortably in the hand, thanks to it only being 0.47” thick and weighing 4.02 oz. It has a minimalistic appearance with black plastic used throughout and a nice grip texture on the back, and also feels well-made and should withstand day-to-day use.
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On the front of the Illusion is a 3.5” TFT display that has an HVGA resolution (320x480 pixels). Even though we usually prefer a larger display, the one on the Illusion allows the phone to be more compact, yet the screen still produces nice looking images and sharp text. The only caveat being it is difficult to view in bright sun light.
Below the display are the four capacitive buttons for accessing the menus, home, back, and search. We find it interesting that the backlight on these can be set for 1.5 seconds, 6 seconds, always on or off – instead of being synced to the display’s backlight timer. On the left side of the device is the volume rocker and microSD memory card slot that comes with a 2GB card pre-installed. Up on top is the 3.5mm headset jack, on the right side is the power/lock key, and on the bottom is the microUSB port. Both the 3MP camera and external speaker are on the back.
1. bbblader (Posts: 583; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
since when does 4G LTE have to be in every single smartphone?
2. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1054; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
Why is 512mb ram a con? That's normal especially for a low end phone. And 4g lte? Again. Its a low end phone. I swear its like PA just can't think of any big cons for some phones so they make some up even though they're bs. Not that I think this is a great phone, just the cons are ridiculous.
3. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3042; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Why get this when the Stratosphere has larger, higher resolution super amoled display with faster processor, slide out keyboard and LTE for just for a few more dollars.
4. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Another useles and crappy review.
Low budget phone...and like you said(wrote): budget FRIENDLY and what I see in con section??
- no 4G LTE
- 512 mb ram (maybe for android is too small to work fluid)
Does the person who wrote this article has some serious issues with splitting personality??
5. bornjuggalo (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
All aruund a s**tty phone, it is constantly rearanging my apps and it can't hold a charge for more than an hour