Fun and unique – that’s what characterizes the new Samsung Illusion from Verizon. It has curved glass which fits perfectly in your hand and a surprisingly affordable price which makes it one of the cheapest smartphone that you can invest in.
For the design, Samsung Illusion is what a classic Samsung is with an all-black chassis, smudge-prone screen, rounded corners, and a plastic black finish. It measures 4.5 by 2.4 by 0.5 inches (HWD) and weighs 4.2 ounces with a thicker, sculpted back.
For its specifications, it has 1 GHz Cortex A8-based Hummingbird CPU, 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 and microSD up to 32 GB (comes with 2 GB) which is already considered good for a phone that costs less.
When it comes to the call quality, voice quality is excellent as well as the reception, incoming calls sound, volume and calls made with the phone. Additionally, the speakerphone sounds fine even when used with a headset.
In terms of software, Samsung Illusion runs Android 2.3, Gingerbread and has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, and text and multimedia messaging, e-mail support whether from multiple Web mail addresses or Microsoft Exchange.
What’s more? Your contacts multiple online accounts like Gmail or Facebook can be directly imported which makes it hassle-free. And just like other phones, you can assign a specific contact a ringtone, a calling group, and a photo ID which will let you identify your contacts.
Additionally, Google services like Google search, voice actions, Places, Latitude, Talk, Books, and YouTube, Maps and Navigation with free turn-by-turn voice guidance are added for your convenience.
Moreover, its 3.2-megapixel camera can snap photos in a quick .3 second though it lacks auto-focus, captures 720×480 at a smooth 30 frames per second both indoors and out. Nevertheless, the photos look decent and have average color and detail.
Lastly, Samsung Illusion has a bunch of apps that you might find useful like All Share app for DLNA sharing, Amazon Kindle, City ID, IM, and a Monopoly game demo. There is also NFL Mobile, Quick Office, Skype Mobile, Slacker radio, Uno, VCast apps, like Music, Tones, Video, and then Verizon Navigator, a browser, a calculator, a calendar, a clock and a music player.
In conclusion, Samsung Illusion offers the budget-conscious consumers a very smart choice for phones that have 4″ displays and above and which also has a modest set of features for only less than $80 with contract.