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2009-09-26T03:31:12Z
Remember the original Instinct? Sprint's go-to smartphone that wasmeant to rival Apple's original iPhone? Since the introduction of thatphone, the Instinct s30 has hit the scene, and now the best Instinctyet is just about ready to slip into hands. The Instinct HD is thelatest and greatest in the long-standing lineup, though we're stillwondering who on Earth would select this over a Palm Pre.

You see, the Samsung-sourced Instinct HD is priced at $249.99 with atwo-year agreement and a $100 mail-in rebate. That's $100 more than thePalm Pre, which is largely regarded as the best smartphone on Sprintand the only real phone to rival the iPhone and the handful of Androidphones on the market. Plus, the Instinct never really made a positivename for itself. It's known for over-promising and under-delivering, sowe can only wonder why Samsung and Sprint decided to charge such apremium 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 webbrowser, EV-DO Rev. A (3G), Wi-Fi, an ambient light sensor,accelerometer and a proximity sensor. There's even haptic feedback forthose who like their touch screen to vibrate, and the virtual QWERTYkeyboard should keep your thumbs busy all the while. The phone will beavailable to customers starting tomorrow at Best Buy Mobile, while itwill not land in Sprint's own retail channels until October 11th.



Samsung Instinct HD offers all of the must-have features of its predecessors including:

  • 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 on-demand programming.
  • Advanced stereo Bluetooth® 2.0.
  • Support for personal and corporate email (sync with Microsoft® Outlook®).
  • SMS voice and text messaging with threaded text.
  • Easy access to social networking sites, including Facebook®, Flickr® and Twitter.

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gibbersome
2009-09-26T12:27:08Z

Meanwhile Sprint continues to bleed customers like there's no tomorrow. You can't provide crappy customer service for the past decade and then hope to win some back with nifty phone offerings.

This phone has nothing on the Iphone or the Palm Pre, though the 5MP camera is nice.

realneil
2009-09-27T09:09:22Z

"so we can only wonder why Samsung and Sprint decided to charge such a premium for a phone that starts off disadvantaged"

Because it's about the money and nothing else with Sprint.

They probably have a big green cash based altar that they kiss when arriving and departing daily.

wil2200
2009-09-27T17:53:52Z

In this economy - who are buying these things? A new phone pops up every few weeks.