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Samsung Illusion Review

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Interface:

Running on the Samsung Illusion is Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, and also features Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface, which places four colorful icons on the bottom of the 5 homescreen for accessing the phone, contacts, messaging and applications. The App Drawer is nothing out of the ordinary, as you move though it side-to-side, or you can change it to a single scrolling view. There is also the standard assortment of Widgets; thought Samsung does add a few of its own for different clocks and a program monitor.

Running on the Samsung Illusion is Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread - Samsung Illusion Review
Running on the Samsung Illusion is Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread - Samsung Illusion Review
Running on the Samsung Illusion is Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread - Samsung Illusion Review
Running on the Samsung Illusion is Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread - Samsung Illusion Review
Running on the Samsung Illusion is Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread - Samsung Illusion Review
Running on the Samsung Illusion is Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread - Samsung Illusion Review
Running on the Samsung Illusion is Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread - Samsung Illusion Review

Running on the Samsung Illusion is Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread


The 1GHz Hummingbird processor with the PowerVR SGX 540 GPU does a nice job with loading apps and making the phone feel quick and responsive, but we do wish there was more than 512MB of RAM. When running the Quadrant Benchmark app, we got a score of 2022, and the AnTuTu Benchmark app was 3262, both of which are middle-of-the-road for budgets smartphones.

Quadrant - Benchmarking - Samsung Illusion Review
AnTuTu - Benchmarking - Samsung Illusion Review

Quadrant

AnTuTu

Benchmarking



Internet:

The WebKit based browser is fairly common and works well on the Illusion. Web sites are properly displayed, scrolling through them is fluid, and Adobe Flash is also supported. Since the device uses Verizon’s 3G EVDO Rev A data network, it took about 50 seconds to fully load the PhoneArena.com web site, compared to 35 seconds on the Samsung Stratosphere that uses Verizon’s 4G LTE network. When using the SpeedTest.net app on the Illusion, we were able to get download speeds of 0.79 Mbps and uploads of 0.72 Mbps. Meanwhile, the Stratosphere using 4G LTE was able to achieve much higher download speeds of 8 Mbps and uploads of 4 Mbps.

The WebKit based browser works well - Samsung Illusion Review
The WebKit based browser works well - Samsung Illusion Review
The WebKit based browser works well - Samsung Illusion Review
SpeedTest.net - The WebKit based browser works well - Samsung Illusion Review
   

SpeedTest.net

The WebKit based browser works well



Camera:

The camera software is easy to use and offers setting for different shooting modes, scenes, resolutions, white balance, and color effects. When pressing on the camera shutter icon, it takes about 2 seconds for it to capture the image. Pictures that we took outside are average for a 3MP shooter, as detail is OK and colors look more neutral than over-saturated, though bright areas have a tendency to be over-exposed. Since the camera lacks auto-focus, images where the subject is closer than 3-4 feet will be blurry, so keep that in mind. Pictures that we took inside are also passable, but there is plenty of grain in the image as light levels decrease.

Camera interface - Samsung Illusion Review
Camera interface - Samsung Illusion Review
Camera interface - Samsung Illusion Review
Camera interface - Samsung Illusion Review

Camera interface


Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Illusion - Samsung Illusion Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Illusion - Samsung Illusion Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Illusion - Samsung Illusion Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Illusion - Samsung Illusion Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Illusion - Samsung Illusion Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Illusion - Samsung Illusion Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Illusion - Samsung Illusion Review

Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Illusion


Strong - Indoor samples - Samsung Illusion Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Samsung Illusion Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Samsung Illusion Review

Strong

Medium

Low light

Indoor samples


Videos can be recorded at 720x480 resolution. The quality isn’t too bad, considering it isn’t HD, as colors again look neutral, detail is good, and plays smooth at 30 frames-per-second.

Samsung Illusion Sample Video:



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posted on 07 Dec 2011, 13:50

1. bbblader (Posts: 534; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


since when does 4G LTE have to be in every single smartphone?

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 14:32 1

2. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1037; 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.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 22:25 1

3. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2870; 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.

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 02:54

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??

posted on 22 Feb 2012, 16:45

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

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Display3.5 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (165 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 1000 MHz, Samsung Hummingbird processor
512 MB RAM
Size4.51 x 2.37 x 0.47 inches
(115 x 60 x 12 mm)
4.23 oz  (120 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 6 hours talk time

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