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Samsung's Instinct Feels Less Than Instinctive

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.

31 Responses to “Samsung's Instinct Feels Less Than Instinctive”

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. SprintYes

    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.

  5. Louie

    $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…

  6. emely

    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!

  7. 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

  8. 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…

    • James M

      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 :)