Review: Samsung Instinct
Jun 13, 2008, 10:57 PM by Eric M. Zeman
Samsung and Sprint break out the touch screen Instinct to combat the swelling ranks of touch devices. Does it compare to the competition? With video tour.
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Possibly a good phone, but Sprint will screw it up!
I am seriously considering ditching Sprint. They used to have the best new phones of any carrier, but no...
Wrong about messaging you can do it in pictoral view...
Security Features for Touch Phones
Instinct = Failure upon Arrival
I know of a much nicer touch screen phone for that price on a much nicer network. I wonder who honestly would purchase the Instinct over its *ahem* competition.
People may not remember you, but I sure do. You were banned from every website you frequented for spouting Apple and Toshiba garbage.
Does Not Sync With Outlook????? MAJOR MAJOR MISTAKE!!!
There is no excuse or no reason for this omission!!!!
I don't care what Sprint/Samsung say about this not being a phone for business users...that it is for "consumers". Why not have a bigger vision (such as Apple) and make it for ALL MARKET SEGMENTS of the cell phone industry?
DUMB DUMB DUMB!!!!!!
There's the treo the centro, the curve, pearl, and 8830, touch, mogul, ace, and 700wx, that's 9 phones that sync with outlook. Do we really need another one?
There's no such thing as an "ALL MARKET SEGMENTS" phone....
The instinct will do the following:
Sync Contact List
The spin stops here!!
There's no problems with the touchscreen, just the reviewer.
Times when the touch screen didn't respond as expected:
1. Speakerphone while in call.
2. Done key after call
3. Eye logo that brings up the right side menu in web
4. While trying to tap "Alaska" in music player.
out of the 8+ minute video, you missed four key presses. *note that I didn't say "the phone failed to register 4 key presses."
In the instance in situation 1, If you had peered into the included user manual, you would have noticed that to activate the speakerphone, you would slide the speaker icon to the left over the word "on." Attribute to user error (not saying that this wouldn't be a common mistake, but it is in the user guide.)
In situation 2...
I don't expect that more than 3% of users will actually open their user guides, but I would expect that of a person who runs a mobile phone website.
Phonearena Gives the Instinct a better review also CNET
Now that's a real review. Phonescoop you have a bad unit get it together.
I disagree- I think PhoneScoop was very objective with their tests and didn't dwell on the fact it was an iPhone competitor much (given Sprint's massive ad campaign touting it as such.)...
no instant messaging?
To all the haters, if you haven't tried it, you can't say anything about it.
As for the reviewer, I can not state it enough until they change the review:
Learn how to use the device before you bash it for your own misgivings.
I've proved, beyond a shadow of a doubt that the reviewer was unable to perform certain actions because he has bad aim or wasn't doing what the software was designed to do. Because of this, he has given the phone a bad review. This is an injustice. If they want t...
Importing pictures take with a digital camera
Is IMAP with SSL supported?
Thanks in advance.
Outlook contacts yes, but not calendar as of right now, but will be soon.
For those considering...
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kudos to eric
I have the instinct....it is amazing
Our Review Unit was FINAL Hardware and FINAL Software
It is not defective, it is a production unit that met Samsung/Sprint QA before shipping.
We even updated the software during the review process to be sure we had the latest version.
That would mean you in fact did not have the final version. Also as lvillecards13 pointed out visual voicemail was not operable, I believe i...
If it is anything other than 08.06 then it is NOT by any means whatsoever a "final" version.
No way to dispute this, I'm sorry you a...
Here's an idea: Think for yourself!
If you are on the fence, go try the phone out in the store.
To anyone who wants to corroborate what the reveiwer or any detracted posted, please, try it for your self before you bash it. Too bad you'll have to wait a couple more days to do so.
Ten people online can say that a big heap of dog crap tastes like apple pie, but until you try it yourself, you will never know.
I think the phone is awesome. I'm keeping my Treo though, because I don't need a music phone, I need a PDA.
Make your OWN opinions about the phone rather than the BS on this and other forums and reviews.
A Few Words On Bias...
I am not loyal to one manufacturer, nor one carrier. I have no emotional ties to any device or service.
Each and every review we perform of phones is based on facts that arise during our experience with the phones we test. When we spot something good, we point it out, when we spot something bad, we call it out, too.
A lot of you are complaining that we compared the Instinct to the iPhone. Sprint positioned this device as an iPhone competitor, so using the iPhone as a basis for comparison is entirely natural.
You might want to remember that we were hard on Apple for the faults that the iPhone has. It has many.
No device, no manufacturer, no carrier has a perfect...
It took several tries to get a response out of the touchscreen... not at all like the iPhone, which responded right away."