Samsung Impression Review

Performance:

So far everything we tested came out similar to what we found on the Eternity. But we were glad to see that improvements were made in call quality. Voices were clear and distinct with no noise in the background. Even when placing the volume at the lowest setting, we still managed to hear our conversation. Callers said that our voices came out audible on their end. The speaker phone also shined during our test with no crackling sounds at the highest volume. Maybe Samsung listened up this time around seeing that a speaker phone was missing from the Eternity?

According to the manufacturer, the battery should provide 3 hours of talk-time and about 250 hours of standby. Samsung actually step down the battery capacity to 1000 mAh for the Impression; leaving us wondering why for a phone that was larger. Yes, the AMOLED is supposed to produce brilliant colors while consuming less power. Still, we managed to get 5 days of normal use. We think we would have gotten a little bit more out of the battery if we lowered the brightness to the middle or lowest setting available. It’s still an accomplishment in our books when you consider how bright the screen is and the inclusion of the QWERTY.

Conclusion:

There are a lot of things that make the Impression unique. Yes, the AMOLED truly sets the standard for screen technology with its ability to produce rich and bright colors. In addition, the QWERTY keyboard and accurate touch screen allows users the flexibility of choosing their method of input. Unfortunately, the TouchWiz interface is the same as we’ve seen on the Eternity, and we really were hoping to get a new fresh paint with the software. As a whole, the Samsung Impression did leave a nice impression on us as a worthy well balanced phone, but is not something to make you WOW. If you are looking for a QWERTY phone with AT&T, you should definitely consider this one.

Pros

  • Brilliant AMOLED screen
  • Solid design
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • Call quality

Cons

  • Small side buttons
  • Same TouchWiz user interface
  • Lower battery capacity

PhoneArena Rating:

7.6

User Rating:

6.9
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