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Samsung Trance U490 Review

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The main menu of the Samsung Trance U490 is identical to most other Verizon phones, with categories for Media Center, Messaging, Contacts, Recent Calls, and Settings & Tools.  User customizations include 3 themes: White, Electric, and Violin, as well as being able to change the layout between Tab, List, and Grid views.  While in grid view, there is a new feature that allows you to replace up to 4 icon shortcuts with another shortcut, but the selection is very limited.  You can also change the location of all the icons on the grid.

The Samsung Trance U490 got 3 themes and 3 styles for the main menu - Samsung Trance U490 Review
The Samsung Trance U490 got 3 themes and 3 styles for the main menu - Samsung Trance U490 Review
The Samsung Trance U490 got 3 themes and 3 styles for the main menu - Samsung Trance U490 Review
The Samsung Trance U490 got 3 themes and 3 styles for the main menu - Samsung Trance U490 Review

The Samsung Trance U490 got 3 themes and 3 styles for the main menu



The phonebook allows for up to 1000 contacts to be saved with the normal name and number entries, but now allows you to save a person’s IM screen name, street, city, state, zip code, and country.  Once a contact is saved, you can assign them to one of 999 speed dial locations.

The phonebook - Samsung Trance U490 Review
The phonebook - Samsung Trance U490 Review

The phonebook



The 1.3MP camera is very basic, with outside images looking over exposed if there is too much light, and colors looking a bit dull.  Pictures taken inside often came out blurry due to lower shutter speed and the lack of a built-in flash.

Outdoor samples - Samsung Trance U490 Review
Outdoor samples - Samsung Trance U490 Review
Outdoor samples - Samsung Trance U490 Review

Outdoor samples

Strong light - Indoor samples - Samsung Trance U490 Review
Medium light - Indoor samples - Samsung Trance U490 Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Samsung Trance U490 Review

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

Indoor samples



One of the main features of the Samsung Trance U490 is its music capabilities, as it has 1GB of internal memory dedicated for storing music, and can use memory cards up to 16GB in size.  Pressing the music note key to the left of the d-pad will launch the player.  Your library files are categorized by All Songs, Playlists, Artists, and Albums (we’re not sure why Genres is missing here).  Once a song begins playback, the album art is shown with the name of the track and CD, and with a progress bar at the bottom.  Since it is capable of multitasking, you can exit the player and continue to listen to music while using the Trance for other tasks, such as sending and receiving text message.  The player also allows you to change the skin between simple view, visualizer, album art (default), and lyrics.  Below the speaker is printed “Audio by Bang & Olufsen ICEpower”.  This is the first Verizon device to offer this, so we were interested if the Samsung Trance U490 has better music quality than the LG Chocolate 3.  We noticed that the Trance can play slightly louder, but there is some distortion if there are a lot of instruments or voices in a song.  To us, most music sounded better through the Chocolate 3’s stereo speakers, as it didn’t produce the distortion we heard on the Trance.  We then tried both devices with 3.5mm wired earbuds and a stereo Bluetooth headset, and the Chocolate 3 continued to provide the cleanest sound.  The Samsung Trance U490 offers an equalizer with 12 modes, but we found that the “Basic” setting sounded the best.  There are also 3D sound modes when using a wired headset or Bluetooth Stereo, but music sounded better with it turned off.  Overall, the music quality on the Trance is good, and better than what you’ll find on most phones, but the LG Chocolate 3 still does a better job.

The Samsung U490 has a good music player - Samsung Trance U490 Review
The Samsung U490 has a good music player - Samsung Trance U490 Review
The Samsung U490 has a good music player - Samsung Trance U490 Review
The Samsung U490 has a good music player - Samsung Trance U490 Review

The Samsung U490 has a good music player



The Samsung Trance U490 is capable of using Mobile Web, VZ Navigator, and can downloading games and ringtones, but unfortunately it is lacking EVDO, which limits its connection to only 1X.  Because of this, data speeds are much slower and you cannot send/receive video messages.

You can use Mobile Web and VZ Navigator on the Samsung Trance U490 - Samsung Trance U490 Review
You can use Mobile Web and VZ Navigator on the Samsung Trance U490 - Samsung Trance U490 Review
You can use Mobile Web and VZ Navigator on the Samsung Trance U490 - Samsung Trance U490 Review
You can use Mobile Web and VZ Navigator on the Samsung Trance U490 - Samsung Trance U490 Review

You can use Mobile Web and VZ Navigator on the Samsung Trance U490



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posted on 12 Sep 2011, 11:13

1. torance (unregistered)


can you get me a new back for my trance

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Display2.1 inches, 176 x 220 pixels (134 ppi) TFT
Camera1.3 megapixels
Size4.00 x 1.97 x 0.55 inches
(102 x 50 x 14 mm)
3.53 oz  (100 g)
Battery880 mAh, 4.5 hours talk time

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