The Samsung Trance entrances

The Samsung Trance impressed us with its sleek looks and fabulous music quality.

This week we added the Samsung Trance into the ranks of our top music phones, and there's one good reason; it has great sound quality. With Bang & Olufsen's ICEPower technology, the Trance also has 3D sound effects that provide wide, dynamic, and surround sound. All that and the Trance is pretty easy on the eyes as well, with a silhouette like that of a violin's, and a lovely glossy piano black surface. We even liked the touch-sensitive navigation, though we would've preferred a more tactile experience. It also has stereo Bluetooth and a 3.5-mm headset jack, which are great to have on a music phone. Our only gripe is that the Trance does not offer EV-DO, and therefore does not allow over-the-air download of music via V Cast Music. The only way to get music onto it is via a USB cable to the PC. But for only $49.99 with a two-year service agreement, that's not too bad.

About the author

Nicole Lee is a senior associate editor for CNET, covering cell phones, Bluetooth headsets, and all things mobile. She's also a fan of comic books, video games, and of course, shiny gadgets.


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