Samsung Impression Review

Samsung Impression Review

Samsung has been putting out a lot of TouchWiz powered devices over here in the last few months. Every wireless carrier seems to have some variant of the widget driven home screen. It’s pretty and gives a personalized look to each device. We’ve managed to get our hands on the Samsung Impression over CTIA with its beautiful AMOLED screen. It’ll be the first one available domestically with the new screen technology and also comes with a QWERTY keyboard. But will the new updates to the hardware differentiate it from every other TouchWiz device currently available?

The package contains:

  • Samsung Impression
  • Charger
  • USB Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • User Manual CD


There has been an abundance of Samsung phones released in the last few months for AT&T that incorporates a QWERTY keyboard. And the Samsung Impression follows the same suit as those others. The design is not bad at all; which can be best described as the Samsung Eternity’s form factor with a QWERTY keyboard reminiscent of the Samsung Rant. The body is constructed out of blue plastic with chrome accents found on the sides. The device feels solid with rounded corners which gives it right feel when you hold it. Although you’ll find it on the heavy side (5.3 oz), it may be best to be very careful when using it. You really don’t want to see the consequences from dropping this phone from such a height. It’s a little bit on the thicker side as well (0.61”) when you compare it to the Eternity, but it’s justifiable with the addition of the QWERTY.

You can compare the Samsung Impression with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

Now for the best part of the phone; the AMOLED screen. Pictures can’t really describe the luminance of the screen and how it completely lights up a dark room. You just need to see how beautiful colors are displayed to give you that awe inspiring feeling when gazing upon it for the first time. The Samsung Impression retains the same screen size (3.2”), pixel count (240x400), and colors (262k) found on the Eternity. But the AMOLED differentiates itself when it comes to brightness and color variances. The true test is pure black levels; which the Impression hands down beats the competition. We even had a hard time seeing where the borders of the screen were because of how dark the color black matched up to the black plastic border surrounding the screen. The range of colors displayed on screen will really showcase the beauty of the AMOLED.  There was no problem viewing the screen in any lighting conditions or viewing angles.

There are only three buttons found on the front of the phone; the send, end, and back/clear keys. They are well sized and flush with the surface. Strangely, they lack any backlighting to them which can be a pain when using it in the dark. The top right corner of the screen houses the proximity sensor which turns off the display during phone calls and light sensor that adjusts the brightness depending on the environment. The volume rocker and shortcut menu keys are found on the left side. While the dedicated camera and lock/unlock buttons are located on the right side. All the buttons were small sized with the unlock key having the most trouble touching. We had to use the edge of our fingernail at times to press the button. The top side has the proprietary USB/charging port that can be accessed by removing the plastic latch. On the back, you’ll find the 3-megapixel camera and speaker phone located next to it. Removing the back cover reveals the battery (1000 mAh), SIM card slot, and microSD slot.

The four row QWERTY keyboard can be accessed by sliding the screen from left to right. As we said before, it looks similar to the layout found on the Samsung Rant. The rectangular shaped buttons are well spaced and slightly raised from the surface with a rubbery feel to them. Keys are easily recognized with a white backlighting while the numbers are highlighted in purple. It was relatively easy typing away on the keyboard with very minimal mistakes. People with larger fingers will also find it quite comfortable using the QWERTY.



1. Impession user unregistered

I have a Samsung impression and loved my phone. Not anymore it drops calls, freezes randomly shuts itself off and then back on. i do multiple hardshutoffs weekly and am on my third replacement with the same problem.

2. Amy unregistered

Had had this phone for well over a year now and love it. It's a great phone if you are using it for mainly calling/texting, and the keyboard is a nice size. I also love the camera. It takes great pictures I think, so much so that I do NOT own a digital camera and take all my pics with this. The USB cable allows me to quickly and easily transfer my pics to my computer. I take a lot of pics of my kids, and can be picky about them, so it says a lot that i'm happy with this camera. I am upgrading to the motorola flipside, but only because I want something different. (im kinda weird with cel a new one every year or so). I am not switching out of unhappiness with this phone...just wanting something different.

3. pikagod unregistered

I have an impression and have for almost a year and a half. It is a TERRIBLE phone. after just a couple months it began giving me a solid magenta colored screen whenever I would open or unlock it. sometimes this stayed for a few seconds, sometimes the battery must be taken out and the phone rebooted. The qwerty keyboard gets less and less responsive each day; what I mean by that is slower. I type the same speed but it won't register keys, or sometimes registers that the key was hit 5 times. slowing down when pressing the buttons does NOT fix this. calls get dropped, during calls I can no longer check messages or any such thing. and at times, the 3 buttons, as well as the qwerty keys stop responding. only the touch screen will work but you have to shut it down to fix it. problem? can't shut it down with touch screen, so you have to take the battery out. I'm VERY gentle with my phone, and still am on my second one with the same problems. in a matter of months one of my closest friends went through 3 impressions with the exact same problems. its a great phone hardware wise, but as usual samsung's software sucks. I highly recommend avoiding this phone. get something a little cheaper from a brand that understands how to make software.

4. ScubaSteve913

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 17, 2011

I had a lot of the same problems with this phone. At first it seemed great but after just a few months it wouldn't send messages without me restarting the phone (which was agonizingly slow) and the problems began to pile up, the screen would get this magenta color when I slid the phone open or closed, it would randomly turn itself off, the keyboard was unusable by the time I hit a year with the phone. After that I upgraded to an iphone 3GS and threw it in the drawer. I thought the problems were done with it, but after my girlfriend's phone got trashed I gave her the phone to use temporarily. Only a week after she began using it the entire screen lost touch response and without that the phone is entirely unusable. Avoid this phone at all costs, its nothing but trouble.
  • Display 3.2" 240 x 400 pixels
  • Camera 3 MP
  • Storage 0.189 GB
  • Battery 1000 mAh(3.00h talk time)

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