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Review: Samsung Intercept

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The Samsung Intercept is a nice device, but a tough sell. It isn't just that there are better competing Android devices on the market, it's that there are better Android devices from Samsung, also available on Sprint. The Intercept is smaller and much cuter than the Samsung Moment, but the Moment has a much, much nicer screen, a better keyboard, faster networking and a faster overall feel, which is strange, since the two phones use similar processors. I expect the Intercept will come down from its $100 launch price (after rebates, of course), but the older Moment costs the same, right now. The Intercept's key advantage seems to be that Samsung has promised an Android 2.2 upgrade, which could improve the overall speed of the device. Still, I wouldn't buy the Intercept on a promise for future upgrades.

All around, the Samsung Intercept is adequate and average. It's a nice step up for feature phone users looking for a cute, simple smartphone, but in many ways these buyers could do better without having to buy a more complicated phone. The unresponsive screen can be frustrating, especially compared to better smartphones. The camera was fine under the best conditions, but nothing to write home about. Messaging and social networking features are good, but no better than you'll find on any other Android phone.

Samsung has made some adaptations to Android with the Intercept, but none of these changes make the phone any easier to use, and none of the additions, like the improved address book features, match the best adapted designs on an HTC Sense phone. There are few Android phones with a keyboard, but most of them are better than the Intercept. It's a fine enough phone, but it just doesn't live up to its promise in any way.

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