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AT&T's Samsung Impression's big, bright AMOLED screen

The Samsung Impression hit AT&T stores today. The candy-bar body slides down to reveal a nice, QWERTY keyboard -- perfect for you text-happy people out there.
Written by Jennifer Bergen, Contributor on

The Samsung Impression hit AT&T stores today. The candy-bar body slides down to reveal a nice, QWERTY keyboard -- perfect for you text-happy people out there. It also claims to be the first phone in the U.S. with an active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) screen. Whoa. What does that mean exactly? Well, it has the word "organic" in it, so it must be good.

An AMOLED screen is a screen with high contrast, sharp resolution, and bright colors. It surprisingly doesn't use much battery power, and it's actually very thin and light weight. The cost is relatively low compared to other LCD screens. Oh, and did I mention that the 3.2-inch AMOLED screen is a touchscreen, coming in with a 400 x 240 resolution? Yeah, it's kind of a big deal.

The phone also has a 3-megapixel camera, a full HTML browser, Bluetooth, 3G support, and AT&T Navigator. It also features something I have rarely seen on a phone: a pedometer.

The Impression costs $199.99 with a 2-year contract and $50 mail-in-rebate, or $399.99 by itself.

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