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Samsung Trance U490 Review

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Samsung Trance U490 Review

We were quite impressed with the Call Quality of the Samsung Trance U490, with it being as good as the LG Chocolate 3.  Voices through the earpiece speaker sounded clear and natural, lacking any static, background noise or distortion, even at high volume levels.  People that we called, who were using a landline, said our voice also sounded clear and natural on their end.  The speakerphone is also loud, and didn’t have any distortion.  Reception was also good, as we had 2-3 bars of 1X around South FL and didn’t drop any calls.  We were also able to achieve up to 5 hours of continues talk time on a full charge.


The Samsung Trance U490 is a stylish slider phone that is geared mostly to the under-20 crowd.  We like the overall design, choice of colors, and touch pad, but wish the display and camera was better quality.  The music player does a good job, but if you don’t mind a flip phone, the LG Chocolate 3 does a better job and offers more all the way around.


  • Stylish design
  • Call quality and reception
  • Bang & Olufsen ICEpower
  • Five hour talk time


  • Lacks EVDO
  • Basic 1.3MP camera
  • No QVGA display
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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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