Top 10 Cool Smartphones of 2008 - Samsung Instinct

Released in June, and announced at the CTIA Wireless show just months before, the Samsung Instinct took the touch-screen smartphone arena by storm, taking direct jabs at Steve Jobs and his Apple iPhone.

The Instinct, which runs on Sprint's network, ties in functions like visual voice-mail, corporate and consumer POP3 e-mail and multimedia capabilities that let users play music while surfing the mobile Web, texting or playing games. The Instinct comes to the table with a 2.0 megapixel camera with video recording, expandable microSD memory of 8 GB, GPS, live TV, Bluetooth capabilities, an integrated world clock, SMS voice and text messaging, picture caller ID and Sprint Mobile Sync.

The Instinct measures 2.17 x 4.57 x 0.49 inches and weighs in at 4.5 ounces, and runs about $130 with a contract and rebates. The Instinct was a hot seller, beating Sprint's expectations and sparking worries of a Samsung Instinct shortage.

Release date: June 20 2008

CNET editors rating

Average user rating:

The good:
The Samsung Instinct offers a slick, intuitive design and a heavy load of powerful, innovative, and easy-to-use features. It particularly shines as a messaging and GPS device.

The bad:
The Samsung Instinct lacks Wi-Fi and instant messaging, and its call and video quality were erratic. Also, its Internet browser could be refined, its internal memory is small, and its camera lacks editing features.

The bottom line:
The Samsung Instinct stands out as one of Sprint's finest devices to date. It's just too bad its call quality could use some improvement.

Specifications
Brand / Type
BrandSamsung
TypeInstinct
Form factorCandybar
ColorBlack
Network
Phone NetworkCDMA, CDMA EV-DO, CDMA2000
Service800, 1900
Connectivity
Bluetoothv2.0 with A2DP
InfraredNo
Wi-Fi (WLAN)Yes
USBYes
Fax / DataNo
Display
Main displayColor TFT touchscreen
Color display262.144 colors
Dimensions3.1 in.
Resolution240x320 pixels
External displayYes
Memory
Internal memoryYes
External memoryYes
Memory slots1
Storage typesMicroSD
Basic
BatteryLithium Ion 1000 mAh
Standby timeN/A
Talk time5.5 hours
Calling
Vibrate alertYes
Photo IDYes
RingtonesMP3, Polyfone
Camera
CameraYes
Megapixels2.0 megapixels
Maximum photo resolution1600x1200 pixels
Digital zoomYesx
Optical zoomNo
Auto focusNo
FlashYes
Recording videoYes
Second (front) cameraNo
Messaging
SMSYes
MMSYes
T9 text functionYes
E-mailYes
Internet browsingYes
Entertainment
FM radioYes
JavaYes
Audio playerAAC, eAAC, MP3
Video player3GP, MPEG4
Features
Add ringtonesYes
OrganiserCalculator, Calendar, Currecy convertor, Reminders
Video callNo
Other featuresBuilt-in handsfree, Voice dial, Voice memo
Format
Weight4.4 oz.
Dimensions (H x W x D)4.6x2.2x0.5 in.


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