Samsung Illusion

It's been a while since we talked about the Samsung Illusion, but a friendly ninja just dropped off a screencap of the Verizon Infocenter page for the entry-level handset in our inbox.  Imagine a smaller version of the Nexus S, minus the vanilla Gingerbread build and plus an SD card slot, and you'll have a pretty good picture of what to expect.  The 1GHz Hummingbird and 512MB of RAM should make for a pretty damn speedy experience with the smaller resolution, though the tiny 3MP camera and TFT display clearly mark this one with the budget or entry-level tag.  With a 3.5-inch display and a curved design, it should be a pleasure to carry and use for talking, but the HVGA (480x320) resolution isn't going to win many points for you gamers out there. 

All in all, it looks like one of the best beginner phones we've ever seen, with decent specs that hopefully will mean a low price point.  We've no idea about price or release, other than rumors that say "this month".  The page in the Infocenter went live today, so Verizon is getting prepped.  When we know more, we'll tell you.

Thanks, ninja!


Reader comments

Samsung Illusion device page surfaces on Verizon Infocenter


Jerry, I don't see how this phone has anything in common with a Nexus S beyond the manufacturer, and you of all people should recognize that! No samoled, not a developer phone, different design on front, crappy camera, will never get an update, and no curved screen.

I mean seriously ... "this phone is like an iPhone cuz they both have 3.5" screens."

Take it back!

It does look like a halfway decent beginner phone, but I've never really understood the whole entry level phone thing. Usually last year's superphones are only a few dollars more --or no more expensive at all--than these cheaper phones.

Regarding the entry level phone thing: It's simple...there are a lot of people (we are in the minority, actually) who don't care about specs, don't even know they are elgible for an upgrade until their current phone totally dies, & don't know what phones are even available until they walk in Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile.

They simply don't want to pay ANYTHING for a phone because they can get one free & still get the same service we do. They don't care that their phone will take a half second longer than yours to boot up Facebook, the fact that they can do it from their phone at all is enough for them.

I think they should just sell last years phones as entry level, I mean no matter how you slice it with a pitiful resolution of 480x320 it's going to end up as poor user experience, the minimum for any smartphone these days should be 800x480, and these entry level phones also usually never get updated because they don't sell enough phones, just look at the Samsung continuum, I know someone who bought one, they didn't consult me or I would have steered them clear of it, it's still on Android 2.1 and because of that has a lot of problems that I've never experienced on a high end phone.

All these phones do is leave a bad taste in the mouths in first time buyers
for the Android platform.