First Impressions: Samsung Trance U490 (Verizon Wireless)

Aaron Baker
Writer from  Dallas, TX
| April 24, 2009

The Samsung Trance showed up on the doorstep today (thanks go to our friends at Samsung and my FedEx driver), and though it's a mid-range phone, it's certainly worth a look.  The device is available in 'Piano Black' and 'Electric Red,' and launched today on Verizon Wireless for $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and two-year agreement.

The first thing I noticed as I was taking it out of the box was the build quality.  All around, it seems to be a well-built phone, with very little play in the slide hinge.  It's quite sleek as well, with guitar-like looks (when closed) and a clean appearance, with no physical buttons on the face of the phone.  The white keys in the picture above are all touch-sensitive and while in a call, they lock to prevent mis-dialing.  The numeric keypad offers ridges to distinguish keys, making for a pleasurable typing experience. 

The Trance is 1X only, meaning no EVDO capability, however it still ships with V CAST Music with Rhapsody for music junkies.  Data is noticeably slower if you're used to 3G speeds.  In regards to music, the phone does support DRM-free audio playback, so users aren't required to subscribe to the V CAST service.  The audio is phenomenal, thanks to the Bang &
Olufsen ICEpower technology built into the device.  For headphone
purposes, a 3.5mm jack is provided.  With the primary focus of the device centering around music, my guess
is that this device is replacing the somewhat antiquated Juke. 

The full feature list is below:

  • 2.1? screen (176 x 220 resolution)
  • CDMA 1X 800/1900mHz Digital Only
  • 1.3 MP camera
  • 1GB built-in memory for music (16GB MicroSD)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Bluetooth
  • Mobile web, email, VZ Navigator, Chaperone Parent and chat capable
  • V CAST music with Rhapsody support
  • Music player for MP3, WMA and unprotected AAC & AAC+ formats
  • One touch access to music
  • Create and playlists, and listen to music in background
  • Sync music from PC to phone (OTA downloads not supported)
  • Text, picture, and voice messages in thread views
  • Alarm clock, world clock, calculator with converter, stop watch

Stay tuned for our full review of the device, and in the interim, give us a shout in the comments section if you've bought one!

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