Samsung Illusion Review


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.

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.


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 web site, compared to 35 seconds on the Samsung Stratosphere that uses Verizon’s 4G LTE network. When using the 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 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.

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.

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1. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

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

2. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 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.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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: Oct 17, 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: Feb 22, 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
  • Display 3.5" 320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 3 MP
  • Storage 2 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh(6.00h talk time)

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