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Playing with the Instinct, Samsung’s answer to the iPhone, is a fun experience, but not one I could handle on a daily basis. The touch interface is nice, with a satisfying vibration each time the phone registers a touch command, but lacks an accelerometer to register […]

Playing with the Instinct, Samsung’s answer to the iPhone, is a fun experience, but not one I could handle on a daily basis. The touch interface is nice, with a satisfying vibration each time the phone registers a touch command, but lacks an accelerometer to register the changes in direction, like the iPhone has.

The Instinct will be available in June, and it appears to have all the features a consumer could dream of wanting.
In fact the phone has so many features crammed onto it, and it’s such a small device, that it was hard to do things without accidentally taking a picture or hitting one of the three hard-wired buttons on the bottom. The same thing happens on my BlackBerry Pearl, however, so my fat fingers might be the problem.


The navigation feature, which is powered by TeleNav and incorporates voice-activation technology from Microsoft (acquired through its TellMe acquisition), was my favorite. I could just tell the phone the name of one location and it would bring up a list of others nearby. Click on a car icon and it figures out where you are and then offers turn-by-turn directions to the place of your choosing. The icon will also appear near addresses in emails, eliminating one step in getting directions.

The phone uses a proprietary Samsung- and Sprint-developed operating system. The software-based keyboard can be used in landscape mode or vertically. When web searching, the keyboard contains a handy dedicated “.com” key. Surfing was easy and you could drag your finger across the screen to navigate down the page.

The television service, provided by Mobi, is still under development, so was slow to load and pixelated. Downloading music was easy, although the files downloaded from the Sprint store were a scant 1 MB, which makes me wonder about their quality. Battery life is about 5.5 hours, according to a spokeswoman, which includes a mix of talking and data usage. The phone will also come with a second external battery.

The best part about the phone seems to be that these features will be available under Sprint’s unlimited plan. That includes, texting, talking, navigation and data. But without an idea of what Sprint plans to charge for the phone, it’s hard to say how this stacks up against the competition that is similarly aimed at challenging the iPhone. And although not as intuitive as the iPhone, if the price is reasonable, given how many services Sprint includes in the plan, the Instinct may be a bargain.

  1. where can I find more information about Instinct?

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  2. wonder genie Tuesday, April 1, 2008

    try a google search for “samsung instinct.”

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  3. [...] surely will draw attention away from the CTIA Show and all that handsets that are being launched in Las Vegas this week. . It would be a Machiavellian move by Steve Jobs & Apple to shift [...]

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  4. or Google search under:

    “soon to be bankrupt sprint, samsung instict”

    :)

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  5. I may just have to buy one of those.

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  6. [...] are divided as to the Instinct’s degree of iPhone-iness … GigaOM says that while the thing is “less than instinctive”, it stands a chance if priced [...]

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  7. Stacey Higginbotham Tuesday, April 1, 2008

    Here’s more information from Sprint: http://www.nowisgood.com/

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  8. bummer! according to the nowisgood.com, purchase of the instinct REQUIRES subscribing to the $99 everything plan. f-that.

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    1. You dont have to sign up for the $99 plan. You can sign up for the $69 data plan. Unlimited data and text and 450 minutes. By the way, I got this the other day and I’m very happy with it :)

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  9. [...] surely will draw attention away from the CTIA Show and all that handsets that are being launched in Las Vegas this week. It would be a Machiavellian move by Steve Jobs and Apple to shift attention [...]

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  10. [...] the vibration in Samsung’s Instinct phone gave me that tactile fix, and the HTC Tilt allows for touching and a keyboard entry. Since many of [...]

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  11. [...] a cada comando por táctil (habrá que probarlo, pero de momento tiene buenas críticas como en GigaOm). Además el Samsung Instinct acepta órdenes por voz con tecnología Tell [...]

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  12. [...] a cada comando por táctil (habrá que probarlo, pero de momento tiene buenas críticas como en GigaOm). Además el Samsung Instinct acepta órdenes por voz con tecnología Tell [...]

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  13. [...] a cada comando por táctil (habrá que probarlo, pero de momento tiene buenas críticas como en GigaOm). Además el Samsung Instinct acepta órdenes por voz con tecnología Tell [...]

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  14. Finally a phone that can compete with the iPhone.

    http://www.instinct-samsung.com has more info about this phone.

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  15. I will be getting it when June comes….I have the Blackberry 8830 right now and after 9 months of having it I want something new…if a new Blackberry doesnt come out on Sprint by June I’ll get the Samsung Instinct…

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  16. Check out the Samsung F700..Its the same phone but with a keyboerd…

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  17. [...] course, Nokia isn’t the only company to be readying an iPhone response. Last week Sansung announced its iPhone-like “Instinct” handset in conjunction with Sprint, and LG already has its own iPhone-esque offering. Perhaps more [...]

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  18. [...] Samsung’s “Instinct” (and let’s just say some have said using it is “less than instinctive“). Now, Finnish mobile giant Nokia is starting to show off its own killer, code-named [...]

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  19. Sprint is no where near bankruptcy….Sprint is not only coming out with the samsung instinct which is a generation 4 phone but it is also coming out with curve by blackberry and also later a new treo…with the $99 everything plan who else can beat not only the plan price but the technology that pass the competition

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  20. [...] a cada comando por táctil (habrá que probarlo, pero de momento tiene buenas críticas como en GigaOm). Además el Samsung Instinct acepta órdenes por voz con tecnología Tell [...]

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  21. ok for one thing you dont have to be on the simpl everything 99 dollar plan they are coming out with their own plans you ppl that have the iphone well they had to have the iphone plan so dont complain now its actually cheaper to get the simply everything plans they come with everything say you get the cheapest individual plan its 39.99 for 450 min ok with internet gps and all the stuff its 30 dollars more so thats 70 dollars ok well whats the point of having the phone with so much potential and no internet its stupid!!! ok this phone is going to be greta come with 2 batteries a 2 g memmorie card i mean go to sprint web site it shows a video of iphone versus the instinct! ok i work for sprint and ppl steady get mad oh my god they want their own plan and this and that like wait till it comes out before you start throwing fits no theirs not an exact relese date i think its the 20th this month but u never know cant rush it i mean do u want it to have problems when u get it i dont think so but other than that i think i answered some questions!

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  22. $99 plan for a phone like this is great… People!1 come on… if you’re getting a phone like this pay up for the features…. jeez…. i hate people who say..” give me the latest most hight tech phone with internet.. but… i don’t wanna pay the for the data package or anything extra” omg.. are you serious…

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  23. [...] Higginbotham, Thursday, June 12, 2008 at 7:20 AM PT Comments (0) I played with the demo version of Samsung’s consumer-oriented iPhone killer in April and found it fun, but maybe a bit too much gadget crammed into too small of a space for [...]

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  24. The Instinct is awesome. I played with it today and man does that phone rock. People are so negative against Sprint. Why? Without them there will be many people out there with no wireless phones because they are so affordable. I mean every carrier works best for everyone individually. I just hate how people generalize their experiences to make a fuss over nothing. Its two things “Love the company and its products or don’t bother”. They have loyal and solid accounts that runs their business and not just consumer accounts with 1 or 2 phones. But back to the Instinct “it is marvelous to say the least”. And with the Simply Everything plan which is the cheapest from Sprint amongst all carriers for $99.99 you can’t go wrong.

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  25. You don’t need to sign up for the Simply Everything plan which is $99, but choose from the everything plans or a shared plan with data access that of course covers for the Instincts features. What good is a phone that has all the features when you are not using them.

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  26. This is too funny. I live in Downers Grove, Il a suburb about 30 miles from Chicago, Ill. I used the search to find a walmart in Glen Ellyn. Which according to the instinct is 3.6 miles away. When it maps it or give me directions, I sends me to a town in Florida. Which is about 1300 miles away.

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  27. This is too funny. I live in Downers Grove, Il a suburb about 30 miles from Chicago, Ill. I used the search to find a walmart in Glen Ellyn. Which according to the instinct is 3.6 miles away. When it maps it or give me directions, it sends me to a town in Florida. Which is about 1300 miles away.

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  28. [...] field know that poor usability and device complexity hurts customer satisfaction, but keep cramming more features into them. As consumers, rather than enterprises, buy more devices and drive technology adoption, usability [...]

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  29. Samsung Instinct murders the iPhone.

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  30. [...] ads (they are pretty darn good) and made me want to take a second look at the Instinct, even though Stacey wasn’t too impressed by the phone when she checked it out earlier. I wondered if there were others who were taken in by [...]

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