Review: Samsung Intercept
Samsung has left the music player completely unchanged, for better and for worse. There are some things I like about it. The interface isn't bad, though it isn't very modern looking. I like being able to search the Web or YouTube directly from the Now Playing screen by simply holding my finger on the artist name or song title. I wish there were more advanced playback controls, and a custom EQ option. I'd also like a better music widget. Samsung does a great job designing its own music players and musical phones. Too bad these designs didn't translate to the Intercept.
In terms of hardware for music, the Samsung Intercept is something of an odd bird. It's not bad, at least no worse than any other basic Android phone, but it did have some strange problems. For one thing, that 3.5mm headphone jack is a welcome sight, since it means you can use your favorite earbuds with the phone, but does it have to stick out of the side of the phone? It's nice to see an external, microSD card slot, and the 2GB microSD card is a nice start for a good workout playlist. I even like the microUSB port up top, instead of Samsung's usual garbage proprietary port. But the USB port didn't work for me. It would charge while plugged into my machine, but the phone would never show up as a mass storage device. My DoubleTwist software even showed the phone as connected, but I could not access the memory card. No bother, since the phone comes with a microSD to SD card adapter. Still, I hope this was an anomalous issue with my review unit.
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