"inconvenient"on by cheezfri
Pros TV, radio, GPS and Live Search are awesome
Cons cannot receive calls or texts while listening to radio or watching TV
Summary I really wanted to love this phone. And I do in many ways. I won't give a complete review because there are plenty out there. But unfortunately, the drawbacks will probably cause me to return the phone tomorrow.
It is a great phone but you cannot receive calls or texts while watching tv or listening to the radio. This is a huge problem when I'm listening to the radio at work. I MUST be able to receive calls. You cannot receive calls or texts while charging with the USB cable. I have no extra outlets for the regular charger, and we are not allowed to use power strips. So again, another BIG problem. I even told the computer to ignore the new device but that didn't help.
You cannot browse browse any other phone menus while listening to the radio. I mean you can browse, but the radio immediately shuts off. And here's something annoying I just now discovered. I pressed a menu key and the radio shut off, and I received 2 texts. So far so good. I read the first text and deleted it. I was not given an option to review the 2nd text -- it went straight back to radio.
A frustrating aspect of the internet browser is you cannot highlight and/or right-click to copy text or save photos. And again, another frustrating aspect I just discovered is that I needed to copy a very long URL from a web email (it wasn't a hyperlink so I couldn't just click it) and obviously couldn't copy and paste it so I wanted to type it into the address bar while reading it off the page I was on. The page goes away while you enter text, so I could no longer view the URL.
Sprint's GPS and Live Search work very well. I understand that the Instinct has GPS features that many other phones don't, but I'm not sure exactly which ones.
The 2megapixel camera is better than many other phones out there right now; and I will miss it when I get a new phone.
Sorry if any of this sounds nit picky but some of it could be a deal breaker for some people. The no-calls-with-radio part is mine
Pros Nice look/feel. Easy to use. Spoken GPS driving directions and vibration/tactile feedback.
Cons Not YET! No tethering (PAM) service, no MP3 alarm or ringtones, no SERO, no WiFi.
Summary Ease of use is right on. It only takes a few tries to figure out where everything is and how to use it. The cool factor is there with the beautiful (though fingerprint grabbing) touch screen/vibrating interface. The stylus has a hidden pocket on the side of the carrying case for on the go. And even though the stylus will enter the headphone jack, don't shove it into the phone if you want it to continue working. The visual voicemail is nice as are the GPS spoken driving/walking directions w/traffic.
The bad side is that even though it supports DUN (Phone as a modem) over bluetooth/USB, there is not yet a Sprint plan that will allow you to use the feature. It does not support NAI disable (to bypass Sprint's plan restriction stupidity) and does not have WiFi (which the original iPhone can use to tether)
The Instinct does not support any SERO plans yet (meaning a $30/mo plan will cost you $70/mo for the same features).
The Instinct will only work as an alarm with ring tones. MP3s cannot be used as ring tones. Why?!?!?
The phone cannot be used as a phone when charging via the supplied USB cable. It does come with an extra battery however, so you can charge a battery via USB if you have some power in the other.
It also does not run Yahoo Go! yet.
I'll stick with my trusty Samsung A900 till they work out the PAM/SERO issues.
Pros Thin. Cool touch screen.
Cons It freezes a LOT. Inaccurate GPS. Low internal memory... the list goes ON and ON and ON!!!
Summary Ive been a LOYAL sprint customer for over 6 years. I had never had a problem w any of their phones (then again, I always bought SANYO cell phones). When the Instinct came out, I fell in love w its style and touch screen and all so I thought, why not! and bought the darn thing. Conveniently enough... my phone started to act up a lil after the 30 trial time Sprint gives its customers. Let me tell you, the phone freezes on me EVERY DAY NON-STOP! sometimes I press a command and something else pops up. The GPS (the 4 times I've used it) keeps telling me I'm "off track" but when I look at the navigation, I'm on the road that I'm supposed to be on. Drivers should NOT have to LOOK at the navigation screen while DRIVING! The narrative SHOULD be accurate and on point and in accordance with what one is able to see in the screen!!! THIS IS THE WORSE PHONE EVER!!!!! yeah... it looks cute in your hand but thats about it. I went to Sprint and complained about it TWICE and they kept saying the phone works perfectly. I would love to see who the technician is and what he or she is doing with the phone behind those closed doors! Just today I received FIVE voice mails which were left FOUR DAYS AGO!! The dropped calls I get are ridiculous and the static and echo during calls are "simply" annoying!!!! I could keep on complaining, but because of all of this and the incompetence of the SPRINT team, I will SWITCH TO VERIZON this week! The costumer service from Sprint was just horrible as they treat their costumers like cattle... Honestly... this phone gave me the push I needed to break my contract w Sprint!!! IF YOU HAVE SPRINT AS A PROVIDER, STAY AWAY FROM THE INSTINCT!!!Oh, I forgot to add... MOST OF THE TIMES I send PICTURES to other cell phone providers (ATT, Verizon and TMobile), they dont receive it! This NEVER happened with my other Sprint phones. Oh and if you want to send a VIDEO, if they dont have the proper software or they are NOT A SPRINT COSTUMER, believe you me, the other person WILL NEVER RECEIVE YOUR VIDEOS! I have sent videos to video capable cell phones and they never receive it, then again, when I send videos to Sprint costumers, they receive the video just fine! Sprint should let its costumers know about this before they decide to buy this sorry excuse for a phone! THIS PHONE IS GARBAGE!
Updated on Dec 30, 2008
Pros nice looking... pretty good keyboard texting... pretty good quality music player.. Runs on EVDO Rev A (3g Speeds). 3.5 mm headjack!!
Cons poor Web Browser... no T9... pushing the top button get kind of annoying, would be ok if only a push.
Summary ok.. I just got this phone like 3 days ago... I live in Canada, and I am happy that there is some kind of competition to the iPhone.. that is the last reference of the iPhone in this review.
So I took it out of the box, and was very impressed with the look. Turned it on, and was even more impressed with the interface.
So, obivously I bought this to talk on. My last phone had horribly quality, and I was a bit worried at first. The first time I made a call, I was quite surprised how good it sounded, everything was crisp and clear. So far, so good. Cnet said the phone had "erratic phone quality". I did not find it that bad, actually I quite like it! As for the contacts, and speed dialing, I really like how they set it up. On the bottom there is a speed dial key, contacts key, history key, and dialer key. I like that fact that all it is, is one tap and it is dialing, the dialer is quite nice, and the talk key is actually where the number appears.
I LOVE touch screens! The look, the feel, and the experience! The touch screen on this phone is quite responsive, and looks quite nice. The touch feature is used with pressure by the finger, and does not work with out pressure! The scrolling works by flicking (sort of like the iPhone.. sorry lol) It works quite smooth when scrolling, there is not really any jerks, or stalling. All in all, the touch screen is very elegant, and a nice get away from the normal keypads!
This was a major buying feature for me because I get lost really easy :P When I tried the GPS nav. it took about 3 mins to boot up, and it found exactly where I was. It was a little sketchy, but better than most of the phones I've seen with GPS. The voice worked good, and it get you to where you are going.
The virtual qwerty keyboard is a nice touch.. I found using my fingernails works best because I have large thumb pads. I also found the handwriting quite good.. lol my handwriting is a mess. I'm not sure that I like the abc format as much, and I was a little disappointed that the phone does not support the T9 function.
Web browser, and fun stuff:
So, the only thing I really have a problem with is the Web browser. Quite frankly, it sucks! I was expecting to have a full HTML browser like the ads say.. Mostly, it has a mobile version to load up.. Some pages such as Facebook, and my church website have full HTML, but even then, it is SLOW!! I would be happy if Opera were to make a version for the Insinct, but I don't know if that will happen at all. On the positive side of things, it does have a nice, ACCURATE weather function, as well as Movie listings, news, Sports, Self Serve (Bell), Facebook, and Youtube on the main default fun tab. I quite like having the facebook, and youtube (mobile version) on the web tab, it saves having to go into the browser itself.
Live TV, Radio, And Camera:
The Live TV works fairly well, its a little pixelated at times, but very watchable if you need to catch the news, or sports highlights or something. The Radio is a nice feature, it works very well, and Sirius has done a very good job on Genres, and Styles. The Camera is a 2.0 Megapixel camera. There is no flash, and there are next to no setting on it. There are a few setting after the picture is taken ,but nothing really before taking the picture. There is no digital zoom, and no flash. It takes alright pictures.. But its to catch the moment right?
The camcorder is pretty good, kind of slow, but alright. Overall, as long as there is good lighting, it takes pretty good pictures.
The music player/media player works quite well actually. I had no problem putting songs on my memory card(from my PC), and they sound very good. The volume is a little on the low end, not good for mowing the lawn or something, but nice because there is no need to carry around another MP3 player! The very nice feature on this phone is the 3.5 mm/ standard headset input, meaning we can use any normal earphones(no more need for specail uncomfortable ones!!)
Extras, and ringtones:
This phone features a Calendar, calculator (calculator, tip calculator, and a unit converter, notes application, a world clock and bluetooth. The bluetooth works quite well, and Im very impressed with the calendar. the interface is quite good, and easy to manage. The ringtones are pretty good, default is a old style ringer, and there are quite a few to choose from.. Also downloadable ones are obviously available.
MAC USERS BEWARE!!:
I have a mocbook pro, bought in September '08, and there is an internal glitch on I think all Instincts. When connect to the computer via USB, after about 15 seconds, the comuter rejects the phone, and says the phone has been unplugged without ejecting.. This happened to my friends Instinct, and I have seen reviews various other times, and places about this happening. Using a card reader worked best for me, or transfer over bluetooth is also available. I'm not sure if Samsung is going to be fixing this problem or not, if anyone knows, please let me know!
All in all, the phone is a nice looking, good working, and fun phone! I would recommend this phone to anyone who wants a little extras than a phone, and doesn't want to pay the data plan for the iPhone. I really like mine, and only hope it lasts for the 3 years I signed up for! Well thanks for reading, and have a great week,
Pros EASY CONTACT LIST, COOL VOICE MAIL FEATURE, NAVIGATION COOL.
Cons PHONE HAS NO T-9, bad TV VISION, Phone always Roming, NO CAMERA FEATURES example black&white, also you cant download stuff from the internet
Summary if your with sprint i suggest you get the HTC Touch it rocks!!!! way better than the INSTINCT, "that phone shold be call really soon THE EXSTICT"