Review: Samsung Intercept
The Samsung Intercept paired with my Bluetooth gear with no trouble. It required no special passcode to connect to my Jabra headset. I could play music through a set of Parrot stereo speakers. I was able to pair the Samsung Intercept with my Windows 7 machine, but not my Mac OS X machine. In either case, the Intercept does not let you send files, like photos from the image gallery, over a Bluetooth connection.
There's a nice, large clock at the bottom right corner of the Samsung Intercept lock screen. Otherwise, a clock is present in the menu bar through most of the Intercept's apps and menus. You can add a clock widget to the home screen panels if you like. If you need to check the date, just tap the notification bar and the date will briefly appear.
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The Samsung Intercept did a nice job with GPS and location duties. The phone comes with two free navigation options, and both of them are pretty good. Unlike most other carriers, Sprint does not charge for it's own branded TeleNav app, Sprint Navigation. It's a free service with your data package. You also get free navigation with Google Maps. Both offer spoken, turn-by-turn directions and a solid interface. I liked the point-of-interest options better on TeleNav's software, but Google Maps has more cool features. They're both free, so it's a win-win solution. In addition, the Intercept can geotag photos with GPS coordinates. Finally, there are numerous location-based apps to check out in the Google App Market. I tried the Layar augmented reality browser on the Intercept, and it worked just fine.
The Samsung Intercept comes with a few exclusive Sprint apps, some less useful than others. Sprint Navigation, the most useful Sprint app, does not come preloaded, but it's a free download from the Sprint Zone app, a sort of recommendation stop for app links and suggestions. There's an official Sprint NASCAR app, a somewhat unofficial Sprint NFL football app (the official NFL app moved to Verizon) as well as Sprint TV. None of these were selling points for me, least of all Sprint TV, which is really a selection of streaming clips, and not a mobile broadcast TV service.
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