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Sprint Launches Samsung M800 Instinct Finger Touch Phone


Product Launch by Michelle Ruhfass on Tuesday April 01, 2008.

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Today at the CTIA 2008 show in Las Vegas, Sprint launched the new Samsung SCH-M800 Instinct, a full touchscreen feature phone that is packed full of high tech and high enjoyment functionality. While somewhat physically large, at 55mm x 116mm x 12.4mm (2.17" x 4.57" x 0.49"), the 125g (4.4oz) Instinct doesn't seem unwieldy at all based on our experience. The version of the device's firmware that we saw running at the launch event was very much pre-production, but the Samsung folks were still able to show off an impressive amount of functionality.

For starters, the Instinct will support Sprint's GPS navigation functionality, and that navigation has been integrated with a number of other services on the device, such as the voice enabled Live Search function that lets user find things by simply speaking a word or two into the phone. The map data is downloaded to the M800 in real time thanks to a speedy EV-DO Rev A network connection that is capable of download speeds as fast as 3.1Mbps and uploads reaching 1.4Mbps. That same 3G data connection comes in handy for Sprint's streaming video Sprint TV and XM Radio services.

The all new user interface on the Instinct was co-designed by Samsung and Sprint and features a very nice tabbed main menu that includes a user configurable shortcuts screen. Lists on the M800 are flickable in a somewhat iPhone'ish way, and the UI in general benefits from localized haptic vibration feedback when the user touches it, though the pre-production devices we used appeared to only have regular haptic vibration feedback, which still helped immensely. The haptics were especially welcomed on the on-screen virtual QWERTY keyboard.

The web browser on the Instinct appears to be quite fully featured. It rendered a number of regular websites for us without any obvious hitches, and has some cool controls for dealing with zooming tasks. One other feature of the browser that I found to be interesting was the tilt and rotate based panning mode that is activated by pressing down the camera's shutter button. It doesn't work perfectly quite yet, but it still appears that it will be handy for paging around large sites. The 3.1" display's 432x240 pixel resolution provides a decent amount of screen real estate for web pages, too.

Sprint has yet to announce exactly when the SCH-M800 Instinct will be available, but it has told us to expect it some time in June. No pricing information has been provided yet.


 

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Michelle Ruhfass
Michelle is MobileBurn.com's Managing Editor, and is responsible for sourcing devices for reviews.

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