Summary: The Instinct HD has more going for it than the fact that it can record good-looking HD video. It has a sharp and stylish industrial design, decent Web browser, Wi-Fi, and reliable GPS. But the Instinct HD isn't a smart phone, which means you don't have access to thousands of apps as you would with, say, the HTC Hero.
Conclusion: True – the Samsung Instinct HD’s high-definition camcorder is impressive. But who buys a cellphone for its video capabilities? When faced with a choice of the well-endowed, easy-to-sync, open OS $150 Palm Pré and the $180 HTC Hero , let’s be frank. We can’t imagine why anyone would choose the far less capable $250 Instinct HD.
Pros: 5 MP camera; HD camcorder; Sprint TV and radio; Visual Voicemail; haptic touchscreen feedback
Cons: Clunky Web browser; difficult to sync; poor music player; buried microSD jack; poor battery life
Excerpt: The Samsung Instinct was heralded as a device that would let Samsung and Print compete with AT&T's iPhone. This review will look at those claims by focusing on the good and the bad features and aspects of the Instinct.
Excerpt: It used to be relatively easy to review a new phone. You would mention the super-duper 1.3MP camera, the external screen, and that it could make phone calls. Ahh, but the game has changed, has it not? Now we have sleek touchscreens, sophisticated haptic keyboards, interesting and fun UI’s, and so on. In other words, at some point reviewing phones became a real good time. I’m having fun. You? So it is with the Samsung Instinct .