Specs summary

Screen
3.2"

The Samsung Impression's screen is 3.2 inches with 240 x 400 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

The phone runs on the Other operating system (OS).

Camera
3+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
190 MB

Internal memory is 190 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 16 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1000 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 10.5 days standby time, 180 minutes (2G), minutes (3G).



There are a few small niggles, like the space bar and the lock button, and I still find the TouchWiz widget tray to very much be a work in progress, but the phone is fun to use in general.

- Michael Oryl , MobileBurn 

Reviews (6/10 Avg. rating)


MobileBurn

Capable, attractive handset that sports a truly beautiful touchscreen display

from MobileBurn

Overall I am very pleased with the Samsung SGH-a877 Impression for AT&T. There are a few small niggles, like the space bar and the lock button, and I still find the TouchWiz widget tray to very much be a work in progress, but the phone is fun to use in general. An autofocus lens on the camera and a real 3.5mm headphone port on the body would have gone a long way towards making this a real multimedia workhorse, though.

It's a capable, attractive handset that sports a truly beautiful touchscreen display. That alone is cause enough to award it a "Recommended" rating....

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Overall I am very pleased with the Samsung SGH-a877 Impression for AT&T. There are a few small niggles, like the space bar and the lock button, and I still find the TouchWiz widget tray to very much be a work in progress, but the phone is fun to use in general. An autofocus lens on the camera and a real 3.5mm headphone port on the body would have gone a long way towards making this a real multimedia workhorse, though.

It's a capable, attractive handset that sports a truly beautiful touchscreen display. That alone is cause enough to award it a "Recommended" rating.

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Phone Scoop

Good looks, large touch screen, solid keyboard, and a host of attractive features

from Phone Scoop

The Impression is another hit-and-miss device from Samsung. It excels at a number of features, such as the QWERTY keyboard, capable browser and decent camera. Other features, such as the music player, don't fare as well. The hardware is mostly good, with a few foibles that got more annoying with...More

The Impression is another hit-and-miss device from Samsung. It excels at a number of features, such as the QWERTY keyboard, capable browser and decent camera. Other features, such as the music player, don't fare as well. The hardware is mostly good, with a few foibles that got more annoying with continued use (i.e., the lock/unlock button).

The Impression runs the Samsung TouchWiz user interface. It is a decent touch-based UI, but it's not the best one in the world. Considering the price point of some of the competition, the only real advantage the Impression has over some devices is the physical keyboard.

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My impression shuts down when taking a picture

With phone #'s loaded from sim card & a micro memory card in slot. Every time you take a picture the screen will lock up . The phone then will shut down and restart 1 or more times. When it finnaly turns back on it will work till you try to take another pic . I have sent phone to samsung twice . The fr...More
With phone #'s loaded from sim card & a micro memory card in slot. Every time you take a picture the screen will lock up . The phone then will shut down and restart 1 or more times. When it finnaly turns back on it will work till you try to take another pic . I have sent phone to samsung twice . The frist mime i got it back still had same problem sent right back same day . After getting it back the second time still had initial problem and now the touch screen wont work when you slide phone open to text.It has been sent back to samsung again . I like the phone i just wish it worked right .....Customer service was not very helpful. Less
Amazon

Phone has many MAJOR problems!!!

from Amazon
I've owned the Impression for 4 months and found that it has several recurring problems that interfere with it's functionality. The phone will stop sending reply messaging it freezes up, the alarm sound will just stop, has very poor connectivity (2 to 3 bars lower than any of my previous phones {nokia...More
I've owned the Impression for 4 months and found that it has several recurring problems that interfere with it's functionality. The phone will stop sending reply messaging it freezes up, the alarm sound will just stop, has very poor connectivity (2 to 3 bars lower than any of my previous phones {nokia & blackberry}), and even with bars will say I have a poor connection and can only make emergency calls. All the problems except connectivity are fixed by rebooting (turning off then back on) the phone. The phone has a nice bright screen and some nice features, but is so problematic that cons far out weigh the pros. I purchased 2 of these phones. One for me and the other for a family member and they both are having the same problems. The problems didn't start with the phones at the same time and both phones have been replaced, but are still have the same problem as the ones first purchased. I contacted Samsung and they informed me the turn around time was almost 2 months. This is a terrible warranty for something come to find out that they know about. From reading customer reviews on the web it seems like a lot of people are having similar problems with this phone. Unfortunately I didn't do my homework well enough to have seen the reviews ahead of time. Less
Amazon

touch screen went out

from Amazon
Hi, just another reviewer here whose touch screen went haywire. I've had the phone for 5 months and have babied it, never dropped or got wet and the touch screen has started acting up. Now I can't use the phone at all. ATT is sending a replacement but it sounds like the touch screen failing is a com...More
Hi, just another reviewer here whose touch screen went haywire. I've had the phone for 5 months and have babied it, never dropped or got wet and the touch screen has started acting up. Now I can't use the phone at all. ATT is sending a replacement but it sounds like the touch screen failing is a common problem. I plan on selling the replacement they send and getting something more reliable. I can't recommend this phone. Less
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If your touch screen stops working try this

from Amazon
This is mainly to help others who experience this problem. I like the phone. My first touch screen so I have no comparison. I don't like going online with it because the speed is incredible slow. I love the slide-out keyboard. Makes texting so much easier. The touchscreen quit working on me last...More
This is mainly to help others who experience this problem. I like the phone. My first touch screen so I have no comparison. I don't like going online with it because the speed is incredible slow. I love the slide-out keyboard. Makes texting so much easier. The touchscreen quit working on me last week (Samsung Impression a877). This is the first time my phone has had any issues. I took it to an AT&T store but they couldn't find anything wrong. My contract ends at the end of November so I can't get a new phone cheap yet. But I found online yesterday a Samsung service code that does a full reset of the phone. That fixed the phone. Now that I can operate my phone again the software version is A877UCID3, model SGH-A877. So far the phone is still working. Hopefully this fix will work for you. I typed the code using the keyboard and used the keyboard "enter key" when done typing. A screen message came up briefly. Something about processing and that the phone will shut off and restart. After the restart the touchscreen was working again. code: *2767*3855# Less
Amazon

Regret my commitment to this phone.

from Amazon
We upgraded to this phone for my step daughter and also got one for my wife a few weeks later. This is a texting phone and seemed to work great until the phone filled with messages. After the first time this happened the phone would freeze while texting at various times. Rebooting the phone helped a...More
We upgraded to this phone for my step daughter and also got one for my wife a few weeks later. This is a texting phone and seemed to work great until the phone filled with messages. After the first time this happened the phone would freeze while texting at various times. Rebooting the phone helped at times and didn't help at others, so we took back my wife's since she hadn't had it 30 days, yet. Then we discovered that the girls phone had been doing the same thing and she had just never told us. Since we had had the phone for longer than 30 days and she didn't seem to mind it, we kept the phone. 8 months later the screen has stopped working altogether. The phone has been in a case the entire time and has never been dropped and she has been grounded much of the time and hasn't even been used much. The phone is under warranty, so hopefully the replacement will perform better than the first two... In other words, as advertised. There are many things to like about the phone, such as the vivid screen, great menus, comfortable keyboard and mSd slot. Too bad the glitches and lack of updates plague this phone because I most likely buy another Samsung in the future. ~J Less
Amazon

Phone sucks

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Have had the phone for about a year now. The phone has text glitches, is slow, and sometimes it will glitch and just give me a purple sreen. Now the touch screen has stopped working so i cannot do one thing except check my calendar and call the last person in my log because the buttons still work but...More
Have had the phone for about a year now. The phone has text glitches, is slow, and sometimes it will glitch and just give me a purple sreen. Now the touch screen has stopped working so i cannot do one thing except check my calendar and call the last person in my log because the buttons still work but thats all u can do with them. DO NOT GETT THIS PHONE Less
Amazon

Still happy after a year

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I bought this phone about a year ago and have been very pleased with it. The slide-out keyboard is great for texting, and the touch screen interface is smooth (I don't prefer to use the touch-screen keyboard for texting, but it does a nice job if you like to use it). Call quality is fairly good and the...More
I bought this phone about a year ago and have been very pleased with it. The slide-out keyboard is great for texting, and the touch screen interface is smooth (I don't prefer to use the touch-screen keyboard for texting, but it does a nice job if you like to use it). Call quality is fairly good and the battery life is excellent. I can go several days, sometimes almost a week without charging if I don't use it much. Additionally, it seems to be a pretty sturdy phone, as I've had it for a year and have dropped and bumped it many times without it breaking. The only complaints I have with it are that: 1) Internet browsing is very clunky on this phone. I signed up for internet on it for a couple months but ended up canceling because it was too slow and awkward to navigate. 2) The slide-out keyboard does have some problems after awhile of either having to press a key hard to get it to enter or sticking a tad to produce duplicate letters. These haven't been nagging problems, however, since they are not incredibly often. Overall, this is the happiest I've been with any of my phones so far because of its reliability and battery life. It simply gets the job done. Less
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Phone Has A Texting Glitch

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Several Att representative have confirmed with me that this phone has a texting glitch. After 100 text, you are unable to send any text. The phone will either go into a sending limbo (screen will say "sending" but will not send any messages) or it will lock. If the phone is in the sending limbo you hav...More
Several Att representative have confirmed with me that this phone has a texting glitch. After 100 text, you are unable to send any text. The phone will either go into a sending limbo (screen will say "sending" but will not send any messages) or it will lock. If the phone is in the sending limbo you have to power off the phone and power the phone back on. If the phone locks, you have to do a hard reset (remove the battery then put back in). This was a inconvenience for my son and a safety issue for me as a parent. I did not have insurance on the phone but Att finally agreed to replace my phone under the phones warranty. If you purchased this phone and have this issue, you cannot be charged the restocking fee if you return it within the grace period because it is a defect. Less
Amazon

Not worth having

from Amazon
Had it for six months now. The only good thing that is that it does not have problems in making/recieving calls. Otherwise, It is heavy..feels like you are holding a brick. No Wifi. You can't install any other apps apart from what samsung has installed. Do not recommend at all.
Amazon

BAD CHOICE

from Amazon
this phone has a bunch of little neat features, which i enjoyed, but its an all around bad phone for an adult that actually NEEDS a working reliable phone the reception it got was enough to make me stop using it and switch to my old phone that i had for 2 years. dropped calls, no bars. i constantly h...More
this phone has a bunch of little neat features, which i enjoyed, but its an all around bad phone for an adult that actually NEEDS a working reliable phone the reception it got was enough to make me stop using it and switch to my old phone that i had for 2 years. dropped calls, no bars. i constantly had to reboot it because texting would freeze, and the alarm stopped working. the keypad is very difficult to text on (which was the whole reason for its appeal...the full qwerty keyboard). i did enjoy the perks of the different camera functions like panoramic, but, it just wasn't all that worth it. thank god i got it for free through my contract, because otherwise, i would have been a very unhappy customer. Less



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Full Specs

Overview
Release date March 30, 2009
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory 190 MB
RAM No
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.35 W/kg
Body: 0.92 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1000 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time 180 minutes
3G Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 10.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Slider
Colors Blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.4 x 5.8 x 1.6 cm (4.5 x 2.3 x 0.6 in)
Weight 147 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology OLED
Colors 262k
Resolution 240 x 400 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 3.2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY, Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 2000
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing No
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, Windows Live
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 16 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
3x digital
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Geotagging, Night mode
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
QVGA (320 x 240 pixels)
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SGH-A877

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