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Review: Samsung Instinct

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Top message:  A Few Words On Bias... by Eric M. Zeman   Jun 16, 2008, 1:34 PM

Replying to:  Re: proof is in the pudding, and the pudding is tainted. by rmcnamee   Jun 16, 2008, 7:17 PM

Re: proof is in the pudding, and the pudding is tainted.

by monkeyracer    Jun 16, 2008, 9:06 PM

From the above review, a few quotes (for those without full web access) :

"The new iPhone 3G will be more evenly matched, but even the Instinct gets points for its multimedia messaging, voice dialing and video recording."

"The Web browser wasn't quite as easy to use as we had hoped, the camera lacked editing features, and the Instinct's call and video quality were variable. However, even with those caveats, the Instinct remains a powerful, innovative cell phone with a loaded feature set and an appealing design."

"On the other hand, the Instinct doesn't suffer from the usability drawbacks that we saw on the Glyde. We rarely had to tap menu selections twice to register our choice. Also, the display recognized our selections when we touched around its edges. You can adjust the display calibration and its touch sensitivity."

"Below the display are three small touch controls. There's a back button, a home key, and a calling control. Unfortunately, these keys were a bit tricky to use. On a few occasions we had to press a control twice (the Back button especially) for it to register our choice." (strange it was the opposite of this review)

"It's a convenient arrangement as it minimizes the chance that you'll hang up on someone accidentally." (this is regarding the reason you slide to end and slide to activate speakerphone)

"The included stylus is a big help for writing in the small space allowed, but unfortunately the Instinct doesn't include a storage slot for the stylus for when you're on the go." (totally ignored in this review, and actually the stylus fits in the included leather case, although not a great place for it...)

"There's even an extra battery with a special case. You can power the extra battery with the same charger and keep it on hand when you need emergency power. That's a nice touch." (also completely ignored. Compared to the iphone, that's almost double the available talk time, and it's user replaceable.)

"Other features include full Bluetooth with a stereo profile, phone as modem supports, audible caller ID, a speakerphone, mobile syncing for stored contacts, and USB storage. The Instinct also offers an extensive voice-command feature that you can use to dial phone numbers or call contacts, address a text or multimedia message, and access information like traffic, sports, weather, or news. There's no speech-to-text support but the voice-command function does integrate with a nifty Microsoft Live Search. By speaking the name of a business or even the type of business (like "pizza"), it will use the phone's GPS connection to search your surrounding location for a match. You can then get a map and directions to the business, share it with a friend via a message, or call the location with one touch. In our tests it worked quite well. When we tried saying "Maya," we got not only a restaurant located a block away, but also a doctor in Palo Alto, Calif., with the name Maya. And when we tried saying "pizza," we got a long list of choices. This is one of the Instinct's better features." (completely ignored in this review)

"Instant messaging was not present, however. That's a disappointing omission on a phone of this caliber." (At launch it's not avaialable, but will be very soon)

"Fortunately, we had few problems selecting links on a Web page. There were times where we had to press a selection twice but that's not uncommon on touch-screen phones. Yet we did notice that selected links weren't always highlighted when we touched them."

"Indeed, we admit we've been spoiled by the iPhone's multitouch interface."

"We tested (CDMA 800/1900; EV-DO) the dual-band CDMA Samsung Instinct in San Francisco using Sprint's service. Call quality was fairly mixed, unfortunately." (you guys are nearby... hmm...)

"We recognize that this is one of the first Instincts available, so it may take some time to get it a thorough shakedown. We'll continue to test call quality over the next few days." (an important thing to note)

"Sprint assures us, however, that the delays are related to network enhancements and not the device itself. These enhancements should be completed by the Instinct's June 20 launch."

"Overall, the navigation is a pleasant experience, and that's an improvement over the Voyager." (not just comparing it to the apple or the other samsung)

This, is a little better review. Not because it praised the phone better, but it was more complete, less biased, and offered fact as well as the reviewers opinions. They also noted when a deficiency might be related to the device being an early version. Take a few notes, maybe you will learn something.

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