Samsung Illusion [Review]

Samsung Illusion [Review]

Last month, Verizon unveiled the Samsung Illusion as an option for the money conscious smartphone consumer. This phone may be lacking in specs, but for a $79.99 price tag, Samsung didn’t leave much room for complaining.

One thing I failed to mention in my video review below is how annoyed I was with the placement of the power button. Samsung is known for putting the power button on the side of the phone. While this is a very smart choice for phones that have 4″ displays and above, on the Illusion, it actually made pressing it more annoying than it should. I feel like they’d have been better off putting it on the top of this particular phone.

I will also note that unlike some of the other sites I’ve seen that have reviewed this phone, I did not have any issues with the sound quality. Call me hard of hearing, but the quality was exactly what I’d expect from a $80 phone. Even the speakerphone performed decently. However, if I was in a noisier environment, it might not be loud enough.

All in all, the phone is a solid choice for those who want a simple, no-frills Android phone. I wouldn’t recommend it to power users or enthusiasts, but then again, Verizon and Samsung didn’t have those consumers in mind anyway.

These are the pictures I took during the video review. They were taken indoors, so keep that in mind. Outdoor shots are likely to be much crisper. For a 3 MP camera without a flash, you get decent, quick pics. Just don’t expect to be  starting your family photo album with this thing.

 

 

 

 

Notable specs:

  • 1 GHz Hummingbird processcor
  • 3.5″ TFT HVGA curved glass display
  • 3 MP camera (no flash)
  • Swype
  • Hotspot capability
  • 6-axis accelerometer with compass
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • Wireless 802.11 b/g/n
  • microSD up to 32 GB (comes with 2 GB)

Here’s my quick video review…


 

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14 Comments

  1. wiz
    December 19, 00:47 Reply

    it can be nice alternative..

  2. Guillermo Martinez
    December 19, 22:52 Reply

    The phone really looks like a mini and cheaper alternative for Nexus S or Galaxy Nexus

  3. Taylor Jones
    April 29, 15:32 Reply

    would this be a nice phone for a 13 year old teenage girl?

  4. Sammy
    September 14, 17:46 Reply

    This phone is honestly a piece of crap. I have had nothing but problems with it. I am actually about to switch back my my old basic Samsung Intensity until I can get a new one because this phone works so poorly. It doesn’t charge half the time, it doesn’t hold a charge, and earlier today the screen was off center and sideways so I couldn’t hit the buttons that I needed to and when I went to dial a number. The only numbers on the key pad that showed up were 1, 2, and 3.

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