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Review: Samsung Impression

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The Impression has a somewhat capable music player. The player is found as a home screen widget as well as in the main menu. Opening via the main menu gives you a few more options to search for exactly what you want to listen to before starting playback.

Music can be side-loaded via the data port, or loaded directly onto a memory card and inserted into the phone. The Impression's music player menu is not much different from any other music phone on the market. You can sort your music via artist, song, album, genre, playlist and so on.

The player interface is simple. The album art is displayed nice and big. Under it are three software buttons that let you go back to your playlists, change the repeat settings and change the shuffle setting. Below that is a progress bar, underneath which are the controls for skipping forward/back and play/pause.

I was disappointed to discover that the Impression has been stripped of some of the features found on other TouchWiz phones. There's no equalizer, and barely any other ways to manage music playback. The only setting you can change is whether or not the music player will play in the background while you do other things with the phone.

If you exit to the home screen with the player on, it becomes a widget and is available on the home screen, allowing you to control your music even while not in the music app itself.

One caveat. The Impression does not have a 2.5m or 3.5mm headset jack at all. You have to use an adapter, and out review unit didn't come with an adapter. That's lame.

 

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