Reviews and Problems with Samsung M810 / Instinct S30 / Instinct Mini
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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
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.
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.