Remember the original
Instinct? Sprint's go-to smartphone that was
meant to rival Apple's original iPhone
? Since the introduction of that
phone, the Instinct s30 has hit the scene, and now the best Instinct
yet is just about ready to slip into hands. The Instinct HD is the
latest and greatest in the long-standing lineup, though we're still
wondering who on Earth would select this over a Palm Pre.
You see, the Samsung-sourced Instinct HD is priced at $249.99 with a
two-year agreement and a $100 mail-in rebate. That's $100 more than the
Palm Pre, which is largely regarded as the best smartphone on Sprint
and the only real phone to rival the iPhone and the handful of Android
phones on the market. Plus, the Instinct never really made a positive
name for itself. It's known for over-promising and under-delivering, so
we can only wonder why Samsung and Sprint decided to charge such a
premium for a phone that starts off disadvantaged to begin with.
At an rate, the smartphone does boast a full touch panel, a 5MP camera
(with HD video recording), high-def video output, Opera Mobile web
browser, EV-DO Rev. A (3G), Wi-Fi, an ambient light sensor,
accelerometer and a proximity sensor. There's even haptic feedback for
those who like their touch screen to vibrate, and the virtual QWERTY
keyboard should keep your thumbs busy all the while. The phone will be
available to customers starting tomorrow at Best Buy Mobile, while it
will not land in Sprint's own retail channels until October 11th.
Samsung Instinct HD offers all of the must-have features of its
Live Search for Sprint, powered by Microsoft, which provides easy
access to directory information on-the-go, GPS-enabled directions,
interactive maps and one-touch click to call access.
Visual Voicemail, allowing users to listen to messages in their order
of preference and manage them with a simple tap of the screen.
Sprint TV®, with an extensive selection of channels and
Advanced stereo Bluetooth® 2.0.
Support for personal and corporate email (sync with Microsoft®
SMS voice and text messaging with threaded text.
Easy access to social networking sites, including Facebook®,
Flickr® and Twitter.