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Samsung Impression

As a messaging phone the Impression has a distinct profile.

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The Impression offers a truly brilliant display. Samsung's TouchWiz interface allows for some customization, but not much.

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The volume rocker and a shortcut control rest on the Impression's left side.

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The Impression's camera lens rests on its rear side next to a speaker.

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The Impression has a virtual dialpad for making calls.

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The Impression has a comfortable, solid feel in the hand. The icon-based menu interface is intuitive and easy to use.

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The Impression is rather large, but it travels well.

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The keybaord is pretty spacious and tactile, though we wish it had more shortcut options. All you get is a dedicated messaging button and arrow keys for navigation. When the display is open, the TouchWiz widgets appear in landscape mode.

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We're also not sure why you would want to use the virtual QWERTY keyboard. But, it's there if you want it.

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The Impression's menu screen rotates as you open the keyboard.

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The Impression offers a calendar application.

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We'd prefer a flash on a 3-megapixel camera phone.

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