Pros The Navigation app is pretty cool.
Cons Sluggish UI, with a tendency to freeze.
The absence of a proximity sensor, so that you're cheek is accidentally pushing buttons when you're on the phone.
Summary When something is great, we say that it "defies superlatives". What is a parallel way of explaining that something is inexpressibly awful? Because that's what the Samsung Intercept is.
Don't get me wrong. As a mode of communication, it's better than any Windows Mobile device. But then, so is a ham radio. Or two cups attached by a length of string. Or merely yelling off the porch.
But that's where the concessions stop and the horrors begin. So, to begin.
When you are dealing with a touchscreen device, and you press a button, and the user interface does not respond, what is the most natural thing in the world to do? Press the button again -- right? Try that with this horrid device, and all kinds of crazy things can happen. Let's suppose, for example, that Button B is behind Button A, but is only one of the options behind Button A. On this device, click Button A twice, and the first click will be routed to Button A, the second to Button B. The results can be catastrophic.
For example, in the Navigation application, the Exit Navigation button occupies the same screen coordinates as the Join Latitude button -- Latitude being the Google program by which you can opt to apprise your friends as to your every waking move. So what happens if you click Exit Navigation twice? You join Latitude. Undoing this decision requires a trip to the online documentation.
It gets worse. The proximity sensor, a critical feature in any touch-based phones that disables the touch screen when your face is near the phone, either does not exist in the Android, or simply does not function. When you attempt to listen to your voice message, brushing your cheek even slightly against the screen causes the phone to scroll to the next message; I've found that I cannot listen to voice messages at all without holding the phone a few inches away from my ear. It gets worse. The other day, I was on the phone with a client, and someone called in. When someone calls in during an existing call, the Android activates a button that enables the in-calling party to be joined to the party that's already on the line, initiating a three-way call. Accidentally press that button with your cheek, and you have two wholly unrelated clients on the same call. That's not just dangerous. That's actionable.
You should avoid this device. It is a misconceived, dangerous, and poorly designed.
Pros This phone was pretty cool at the beginning
Cons the whole phone. I have had this phone for almost a year in fall and it almost doesn't even respond. someone calls me and try to answer it and it does nothing. it doesn't have the proximity so it buzzes while you are on the phone. and I push a button and
Summary I used to think this phone was the coolest phone ever. but now it's stinks. it's a glorified paper weight because I can barely use it. I am going to go back to my cheaper phone.
Pros Good picture quality
Okay call quality
Cons Apps constantly crash
Functionality varies from good to non-existent
Most texts don't send
Summary This phone isn't good for someone with little patience. During turn on, it frequently takes longer than 10 minutes or just sits there with the Samsung logo blinking. The phone is generally slow doing anything at all. Texts don't send, so I usually have to send them two or three times. It takes some time for a call to actually get put through to the dial tone. It's just, overall, a bad phone.
Pros It has buttons and eventually you can call people.
The voice quality is decent.
The GPS, once you can get it turned on, is pretty solid.
Cons Turns on slowly
freezes all the time
interface so sluggish it is difficult to get to anything.
turns off all the time
impossible to do anything quickly on this phone.
Difficult to run any of the smart phone features 95% of the time.
Often opens wron
Summary Absolutely one of the worst smart phones ever produced. A year ago I had to replace my G1 after drowning in it in a sea of Coca Cola, a sad but true story. I was traveling at the time and quickly went to a Radio Shack where I was assured the Intercept would be an improvement over my beloved g1.
The Intercept has been the most aggravating device I've ever used. Here is my list of some of my issues. It takes forever to turn on. It freezes on the Samsung icon two out of three times when attempting to turn on, requiring battery removal. If you finally get to the start up screen, the unlock slider bar freezes and holds. Sometimes it eventually opens, but most of the time the screen just shuts down and you get a black screen. If you at this point still remember why you turned on the phone in the first place, perhaps to make a phone call, good luck getting your address book to open. Just try scrolling through the sluggish interface to actually stop anywhere near the contact name you are trying to get. You have better odds at a loaded Reno slot machine.
As far as the smart phone part of it goes, yeah right. Good luck opening any ap and actually using it. That's after the phone has gone black on you a few times. Everyonce in a while, for fun, a completely different ap will eventually open. Say you want shazam, well look I'll be darned if that isn't my phone contact list. Didnt matter anyway. The song was over by the time the ap opened my phone contact list anyway. Anyway, it's frozen now. Got to take the battery out and start over. I hope my phone turns on again.
Oh look at that. I'm out of power. It takes a lot of power to start and restart this phone, but I'm not sure why I wanted it on in the first place.
Want to take a picture, forget it. People will be at home in bed before you get it turned on and it is ready to take the picture. 95% of the time I tried to upload a photo to facebook it eventually failed after trying to upload for 20 to 30 minutes.
Forget being in a hurry, and trying to do something. Your patience will quickly wear thin.
When traveling and trying to find hotels or restaurants, you'd be better off driving all the streets slowly and going into each place and interviewing the costumers before you have any luck getting reviews to open.
To sum up, everything about this phone is a huge waste of your time and time is all we have in this life. Why spend it being mad at your phone and paying $70+ a month to be aggravated. I put up with this phone for a year because of the contract. My partner was sick of me saying how much I hated this phone every time I needed it and it would freeze and turn black.
It never was designed to work with Windows 7 operating system, so my computer can't recognize it. After a year, Samsung still can't be bothered to resolve that issue.
I'm not stupid. I read the forums, uploaded Advanced Task Killer, new browsers. Nothing could resolve the main problem with the phone. It was designed terribly, mass produced and rushed to market quickly. Even after terrible reviews it is still being offered for sale at stores and online new. Why? I ask myself.
Last night and I went out and bought an LG Optimus slider phone. It turns on. The aps open. The phone contacts open, but only when I want them too. It is lightning fast. I am so happy to have broken my contract with sprint to free myself from the God awful Intercept.
I will never buy a Samsung product ever again. The fact that they ever released the Intercept into the market in the first place should be a huge embarassment to this company. Even more disturbing is that they are still selling this phone.
Despite the overly generous review from CNET, this would be a terrible entry level phone for Android users. If this was my first Android phone, I would have never buy another one.
Do not buy this phone! Do not use this phone even if it is given to you for free. Even if you are paid to use this phone, don't do it.
This has been very therapeutic to write and I'm not even remembering most of the issues that I had with this phone. I now move on with my life and will put the dark days of the Samsung Intercept behind me.
Consider your self warned.
Pros So So so much better than blackberries and microsoft phones.
Cons have to know what apps to install to clean up freezing. I use advanced task killer app
Summary great phone soo much better than a black berry