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Samsung M810 / Instinct S30 / Instinct Mini

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Overall 8

Samsung Instinct S30 Review

26 May 2009
  • Conclusion: Why Samsung created a new Instinct with so little difference from the original is puzzling. With its intuitive and well-designed interface, above-average multimedia functions and zippy Web access, we always thought the Instinct was the best iPhone analog for Sprint users. But why Samsung didn’t drastically improve both its physical and functional abilities here in the Instinct S30 is unknown, and disappointing to say the least.
  • Pros: Easy-to-use touchscreen interface and OS; excellent music and video player; fast EV-DO Web access; visual voicemail
  • Cons: No real improvements over original Instinct; below average camera; slow-to-load music player; hard-to-read Web text; less talk time battery life than original
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Overall 7

Samsung Instinct S30

24 May 2009
  • Summary: The Samsung Instinct S30 has its good points, but Samsung and Sprint missed the opportunity to make a better device.
  • Pros: The Samsung Instinct S30 offers a slick design, bigger external memory, and an attractive touch-screen interface. Features are respectable and the call quality is satisfactory.
  • Cons: The Samsung Instinct S30's video quality is erratic and it lacks Wi-Fi and camera editing options. In a disappointing move, Samsung and Sprint downgraded the EV-DO support.
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Overall 7

Samsung Instinct s30 SPH-M810 (Sprint)

PC Magazine
20 May 2009
  • Conclusion: Samsung's Instinct is still a far cry from the iPhone, even with the latest refresh. But it's loaded with features and brings some of the same, simplified touch-interface magic to Sprint subscribers.
  • Pros: Responsive touch panel. Good camera and video recorder. Plenty of mobile media features, all of which are included in Sprint's Everything plan.
  • Cons: Low-res screen. No Wi-Fi. Reception could be stronger. Some clumsy interface elements.
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Overall 7

Samsung Instinct S30

6 May 2009
  • Conclusion: The Instinct S30, like the original Instinct, is a fun phone that's ripe with features. From Sprint TV to GPS to music and web, it's got the goods. More attractive than the original Instinct, the S30 really offers no other incentive to upgrade. EVDO has been downgraded from Rev. A to Rev. 0 and there's no second battery in the box. To the S30's credit, battery life is better than the first gen Instinct, so the missing spare battery might not be a terrible sore point.
  • Pros: Sleeker design than original Instinct., Attractive, large display, supports every Sprint service for multimedia and navigation. Good GPS performance.
  • Cons: No real improvements from old Instinct, EVDO downgraded to Rev. 0., Sprint TV performance is weak, touch screen OS is starting to look clunky compared to other models on the market (notably Samsung's Touch Wiz phones like the Eternity , Impression, Memoir and Behold along with the iPhone ). Sorry, no WiFi here.
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Overall 9

Expert Review

Phone Arena
27 April 2009
  • Conclusion: Samsung Instinct s30 isn’t really a successor to the Instinct , just a nice refresh. For what it is the s30 is a decent offering, though Samsung has skimped on accessories (the extra battery, memory card is down from 2GB, no leather case) and materials, yet the price remains at $130.
  • Pros: Responsive touch screen, Great QWERTY keyboard, Excellent call quality, Included IM client, Ships with Opera Mini
  • Cons: Portrait keyboard not T9, Issues with music player, Lacks the punch the original had
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Overall 6

Samsung Instinct S30 (Sprint) Smartphone

PC World
24 April 2009
  • Excerpt: Phone fans had been hoping that Sprint's next-gen version of the Samsung Instinct smartphone would drop weight and beef up on specs.
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Samsung Instinct SPH-M810 – телефон, который с радостью откликается на ваши прикосновения

12 July 2009
  • Conclusion: Телефон Samsung Instinct SPH-M810 вполне может составить конкуренцию iPhone от Apple , учитывая его уникальное, но простое и удобное сенсорное управление. Возможно, его покупателями станут, в первую очередь, те, кто по соображениям высокой стоимости пока не может позволить себе «яблочный» продукт, но желает заполучить удобный телефон с крупным сенсорным экраном и виртуальной QWERTY-клавиатурой.
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