Most Innovative Product of CTIA Wireless 2008: Samsung Instinct

Samsung InstinctSamsung and Sprint are moving touch in an exciting new direction with the Samsung Instinct, a device that offers vibrating tactile feedback, fast EV-DO Rev. A data, and GPS capability in a slick design. What makes the Instinct truly innovative is its customizable Favorites menu, which enables users to access everything, from specific contacts and Web sites to Sprint TV stations, with a single tap. The Instinct, arriving in June, also impresses with the way it uses voice recognition. Not only can you launch applications and send text messages by pressing the Voice to Action button, you can also look up nearby businesses via Live Search from Sprint. From there you can get turn-by-turn driving directions from the TeleNav-powered Sprint Navigation service. Other winning features include access to the touch-optimized Sprint Music Store (for 99-cent over-the-air downloads), Pocket Express widgets (for quick access to news, sports, and weather), and Visual Voicemail. The Instinct has potential to be one of the best phones of the year. [flq:694e3dc76fe749dfb4d7cb49e736d60e]

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Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptop Mag and Tom's Guide, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc.
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  1. abcyesn Says:

    check out for more info about the samsung instinct

  2. Watcher Says:

    This phone “seems” to have a lot of potential. Of course so did the HTC-Touch that Sprint rolled out last year (talk about disappointing). Hopefully, the Instinct will also have decent address and date book functionality as well.

    There has been a great deal of comparison (constructive and critical) between the upcoming “Instinct” and the “iPhone”. Well, Apple wasn’t the first to come out with a full screen touch interface (they just did it better than anyone else to date). In many ways Apple has done the cell phone community a enormous service by raising the standard for touch interfaces. Yes … yes … why not just get an iPhone. There are many reasons and for all it’s market penetration and popularity it is not a perfect device.

    Personally, I have issues with AT&T and vowed when I left their customer base many years ago that it would take a significant product to make me go back. I am hopeful that this new Sprint phone may be the answer for all the Sprint customers who for various reasons, have now interest in AT&T as a provider.

    *** BTW … I manage a combined Apple & Windows OS desktop environment so you can’t claim I simply dislike Apple. But I’m not a fanboy either! ***

    Just another set of ramblings from the Mid-West.

  3. Calvin Hudson Says:

    well personaly i have the instinct i was the first person there at the sprint store at 5 am on friday when it came out … despite my wait till 8 am when sprint finaly opend …. lol i finaly got my phone and case …. personaly i think its awesome i had the iphone for a week then ditched the iphone and gladly paid the termination fee …. the instinct … despite my internet not working for the first 6 hours , my ringtones not compatable and my ringback tone still has not started working the internet is FREAKY fast … the downloads are amazingly fast and i can literaly go to youtube and watch a video and have it start playing with in 15 seconds from starting up the browser which is dam fast … the keyoard does take a little while to get used to becouse it learnes its user and last but not least the voice search is truly amazing …. just press it saygo to search then ” starbucks” or whatever you want and BAM instintaly its there all 90 starbucks with in a 50 mile radious then i just press directions and bam … the gps takes me right there it also gives me the phone number and ect …. its truly the best phone i have ever had it also has its own tech. support for the few errors i have had and also you know sprint is trying hard when it comes to issues my phone updates every hour and its not inturrupting my service its just funny how often there resolving every issue by far the best !

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