Sprint Announces Instinct - a Direct iPhone Competitor

In Las Vegas Sprint has announced a new mobile called the Instinct made by Samsung. It weighs in and is about the same size as the iPhone, and seems to use similar interface ideas. One of the most touted features of the Instinct over the iPhone is the ability to run on EVDO Rev. A, which can achieve much faster speeds than AT&Ts EDGE network. Instinct will come with a 2GB microSD card and it can be expanded up to 8GB. It also features a 2 megapixel camera, GPS navigation (using Telenav), Visual Voicemail (using the touch screen to scan through and browse voicemail messages), and two 1000 mAmp batteries giving up to 5.75 hours of talk time each, as well as some other accessories.

No price was announced, but Sprint claims it will be competitive to the $399 iPhone and should be available to purchase in June.

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Link: PhoneScoops Video of the Instinct
Link: Sprints Instinct Website and Order Reservation


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ooooogh what a iPhone rip-off!! and the software on it suck!!!Is this the best that they could do? what a joke, they just can't stand the fact that Iphone is the king!!

Erm... I have a Samsung F700 (exclusive to Vodafone http://uk.samsungmobile.com/mobile/SGH-F700).. this Instinct phone doesn't look radically new, but rather a slightly modified version. The F700 also features a full slide out keyboard.

Now lets look at prices (if you haggle in store which surprising they don't do on the iPhone as they know a Mac fanboy will pay no matter the price)...

I pay £25/mo 18 months and got the F700 handset for free along with a set of : Bose in-ear headphones (view here) worth about £80. I then get 750 any network minutes and 250 texts (this could have been 500mins and unlimited texts. There is no redemption or months at half price etc...£25/mo that is it. I then bought a 8gb micro SD card for £25. The phones "price" is claimed to be £300 although I dont think its possible to buy individually.

Now the 8gb iPhone in the UK is £269 and at cheapest an 18month contract at £35/mo with 600 mins and 500 texts.

Total over 18month for F700 (£300) / Bose Headphones (£80) / 8gb card (£25) / 750 mins / 250 texts = £475 (getting you £405 of physical 'stuff' in essence paying only £3.88/mo for calling plan)
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Total over 18month for F700 (£300) / Bose Headphones (£80) / 8gb card (£25) / 500 mins / unlimited texts = £475 (also getting you £405 of physical 'stuff' )
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Total over 18month for iPhone / iPod headphones / 8gb memory / 600 mins / 500 texts = £900 (almost double the price).

The only real advantage I see the iPhone having over the F700 is Wi-Fi, but the F700 has a full slide out keyboard, 7.2mbps connection (30x the speed of the iPhone for browsing the internet thanks to the iPhone using the wonders of EDGE), and a higher res camera at 3mp. Also I dont have to install iTunes and manage a second music library just for my iPhone as I can sync with WMP. Unless you must have WiFi I personally think anyone buying an iPhone has more money than sense.


Maybe similar deals will be possible on the Instinct? If so anyone who is willing to sacrifice Wi-Fi wll save hundreds of pounds.


NOTE to get the price mentioned above u do have to haggle a lot in store... no u cannot buy online or nor is it advertised in shop windows... the contract is meant to be £35 a month and still on that contract the phone should be £125. Which would equate to a similar price to the iPhone (£780 once made 8gb)... the point is Vodafone and other companies will do deals on phones... iPhones however seem to sit in a special place where no such deals can be made.


EDIT: I dont know why its placed all those As in my text, but I cannot edit them out

People shouldn't be trying to imitate the iPhone. The iPhone is Apple's approach, and the other phone companies need to innovate and find their own way of doing things, otherwise they look like cheap imitation phones. Look at the HTC Touch, for example. That phone blows most things out of the water, because it's original and useful. Same thing for the iPhone. Both companies innovated, and went far with it, and now we're seeing mature phone developers imitating the newcomers.

All it really needs to beat the iphone is...

1. Be reliable
2. Decent MP3 Player
3. Be able to Play Flash from web
4. Right click save as.

My coworker has an Iphone and it was fun to play with until I tried to save a picture from the web to it and found that you could not do that. Pretty lame. The image is cached on the phone from the web page but you cant get it out.
I hope this phone does well. Steve Jobs is an a$$

Or you can jailbreak your iphone and install apps that allow you to do pretty much everything the iphone is missing. A jailbroken iphone is 1000 times better then a OOB iphone due to most of the shortcomings people complain of,such as not being able to save pics from websites, have already been remedied via software.

the flash issue will eventually be resolved...please note thats not an iphone issue, that is an issue for any mobile phone that wants to have a fully functioning HTML browser. Flash Lite is not full fledged flash and thats the closest any cellular device can currently come to supporting flash.

Whatever you think about the iPhone, at least having a new player in the market has forced the mobile companies to step back and look at what can be done and what consumers want - its pushing through some REAL copycat products, and will force more innovation. It can only be a good thing.

I've been saying from the beginning that the iPhone is like the firefox of phones, in many ways. Nice to see someone with at least a similar opinion ;)

My rationale is that it brings more competition to the market, and whether you like the iPhone or Firefox, or whether you hate them, they have both changed their respective industries in a matter of years (or months in the case of the iPhone).

I think it's pretty cool. And if that legislation goes through that would make it so you cannot lock a phone to a certain service provider, I could pick one up and use it with Verizon. Sounds good to me.

(Gabe3 said @ #7)
iphone is still better. another failed attempt.

I agree especially since it's only a touch screen not multi-touch like the iPhone. When someone says iPhone competitor I expect it to have the same features as the iPhone PLUS more.

Keep trying phone companies.

(tronmaster said @ #7.1)


I agree especially since it's only a touch screen not multi-touch like the iPhone. When someone says iPhone competitor I expect it to have the same features as the iPhone PLUS more.

Keep trying phone companies.

How often do you *really* use multi touch though? And it does add features and has faster internet. It also depends all on what you consider important features, which varies per person.

(SkyyPunk said @ #7.2)

How often do you *really* use multi touch though? And it does add features and has faster internet. It also depends all on what you consider important features, which varies per person.

You apparently don't own an iphone. The answer to "how often do you use multitouch" is "everytime the user browses a webpage". Multitouch is what allows you to squeeze and pinch...so unless you have super vision you pretty much use multitouch everyday if you own an iphone. Being able to pinch to zoom in and out is one of the most elegant features of the phone, especially during web browsing.

And why in gods name do the interface buttons take up almost as much space on the browser screen as the webpage...thats just horrible design and I truly hope there is a way to hide the interface when browsing.

People can say what they want about the iphone, but the bottom line is beating the iphone's interface is going to be a feat...Apple despite their issues are still the masters of creating an easy to use interface thats beautiful and simple at the same time.

Try the Samsung F700 http://uk.samsungmobile.com/mobile/SGH-F700 ... im presuming this phone will be similar, although the the F700 has a much much prettier interface too.

Whats most amusing with this video is the person using it obviously hasn't used it much... with my Samsung when i first used it I was getting the touch but nothing problem they seem to have occasionally in this video. This is not the phone being slow! Its just not being used quite right, and after literally a couple of days you no longer have the issue.

I still want Windows Mobile. Of course Windows Mobile sucks as it doesn't matter how powerful the machine is, it'll run slow, but it's the only real option for me (don't argue, I know what I need, you don't).

I'd still get the HTC Touch over this.

(Hooya said @ #6)
I still want Windows Mobile. Of course Windows Mobile sucks as it doesn't matter how powerful the machine is, it'll run slow, but it's the only real option for me (don't argue, I know what I need, you don't).

I'd still get the HTC Touch over this.

+1 ...anyway i already own a HTC...looking for wm6.1 (or atleast the cool wm7!!) :-)

(Hooya said @ #6)
I still want Windows Mobile. Of course Windows Mobile sucks as it doesn't matter how powerful the machine is, it'll run slow, but it's the only real option for me (don't argue, I know what I need, you don't).

I'd still get the HTC Touch over this.


I'm with you there as well. I'd love to get an HTC Touch Cruise (known here as the O2 XDA Orbit II), but it's just too god damn pricey! Then again, it's cheap as hell comapred to the iPhone.

(Hooya said @ #6)
I still want Windows Mobile. Of course Windows Mobile sucks as it doesn't matter how powerful the machine is, it'll run slow, but it's the only real option for me (don't argue, I know what I need, you don't).

I'd still get the HTC Touch over this.


-1
Symbian FTW.

I think that interface is fairly ugly compared to the iPhone and the iPhone suits my needs perfectly (if i were to have one). I can imagine the music player on the iPhone (the iPod) is much more amazing as well, especially with the iPhone Cover Flow.

The only thing stopping me from buying an iPhone is the storage capacity... I need at least 20GB if not 30GB. Does anyone know how much this new Sprint one can store?

cover flow on my ipod touch is plain dumb/annoying...does anyone really know what the album cover looks like of all their music? No, atleast I dont...its a waste for me and I wish i could turn it off..its wasted eye candy space that could be used better

I definitely hear you, Netrack. Sure, I'm a freak and know most all of the album art for what I listen to, but in the Cover Flow it is utterly useless, and *does* slow down recognition. I'll stick with a list any day.

I am also guessing that Sprint doesn't have to pay Samsung a monthly "privilege" fee per paying customer. I hope this phone makes to Canada before Apple's phone. I'd hate to see our country fall victim to Steve Jobs Reality Distortion Field.

(C_Guy said @ #3)
I'd hate to see our country fall victim to Steve Jobs Reality Distortion Field.

I wish they'd bring some originality over there as well since you're apparently stuck on repeating "FUNNAY" stuff invented by others.

Oh well, you'll always have Celine.

Oops! Reality Distortion Field is a real phenomenon. It's not a joke "invented" by others.

Celine has nothing to do with anything. How hard is it to stay on topic?

C_Guy your constant idiotic responses are kind of ruining the comments section for me. You are filled a stange biased hate which seems to destroy any rational thought.

It could be the most beautiful, feature-packed phone in the world, without the Apple on the back it doesn't provoke the fanboy reaction that Apple live on. Companies should stop trying to make the 'iPhone killer' and get on with making phones for the 99% of us with some individuality.

Who cares about individuality!? I just want a phone that's easy to use and works well.

jeez, stop living in the 90's man, functionality is for losers. Its the year 2008, if its white and shiny with a picture of an apple on it and is promoted with a cool advert then we buy it. Next you'll claim you want to pay a reasonable amount for it too.

(winmoose said @ #2.2)

jeez, stop living in the 90's man, functionality is for losers. Its the year 2008, if its white and shiny with a picture of an apple on it and is promoted with a cool advert then we buy it. Next you'll claim you want to pay a reasonable amount for it too.


Since most phones still suck I'd say I'm still right.