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Samsung Impression Review

Samsung Impression

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Samsung Impression Review
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.


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.


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


  • Small side buttons
  • Same TouchWiz user interface
  • Lower battery capacity
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55 1

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.

posted on 11 Mar 2011, 22:53 1

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 phones...like a new one every year or so). I am not switching out of unhappiness with this phone...just wanting something different.

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 11:59 1

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.

posted on 17 Sep 2011, 09:22 1

4. ScubaSteve913 (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Sep 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.

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Display3.2 inches, 240 x 400 pixels (146 ppi) AMOLED
Camera3 megapixels
Size4.48 x 2.28 x 0.61 inches
(114 x 58 x 15 mm)
5.30 oz  (150 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 3 hours talk time

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