Sprint announces the Samsung Instinct HD

Sprint announces the Samsung Instinct HD

Summary: I remember last year before the Samsung Instinct was released we saw a pretty amazing marketing effort to get the word out about the device and I have seen a ton of people using the Instinct as their mobile phone. Sprint and Samsung today announced the Samsung Instinct HD that builds upon the success of the Instinct with the latest in multimedia experiences. The 5.0 megapixel camera captures video and then lets you play back the video on an external monitor/TV in HD with the TV-out HD connection.

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I remember last year before the Samsung Instinct was released we saw a pretty amazing marketing effort to get the word out about the device and I have seen a ton of people using the Instinct as their mobile phone. Sprint and Samsung today announced the Samsung Instinct HD that builds upon the success of the Instinct with the latest in multimedia experiences. The 5.0 megapixel camera captures video and then lets you play back the video on an external monitor/TV in HD with the TV-out HD connection. This functionality is much like the Zune HD where playback on the device is not in HD, but the output to a HD TV is in high definition.

Specifications of the new Instinct HD include:

  • Integrated GPS receiver with Sprint Navigation support
  • Integrated 802.11 b/g WiFi
  • Integrated Bluetooth radio with stereo support
  • Opera Mobile 9.7 web browser
  • Visual Voicemail
  • Text messaging with threaded SMS support
  • Calendar sync support through Exchange and IBM Lotus Notes
  • Corporate email support through syncing with Outlook
  • Proximity sensor and haptic feedback

The Samsung Instinct HD will be available at Best Buy Mobile starting 27 September for $249.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and 2-year contract. today, 25 September, for $199.99 with 2-year activation and instant (no mail-in) rebates. Best Buy Mobile also offers free Walk Out Working (Best Buy Mobile employees set the new phone up, activate e-mail, etc.) and free Upgrade Check (Best Buy Mobile employees can check to see when customers are eligible for an upgrade on most carriers).

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, Networking, Samsung, Telcos, Wi-Fi

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  • If it is anything like the original Instinct

    If it is anything like the original Instinct, this is just a marketing throw-away. The original Instinct showed some promise as a platform, but it was left out to dry as soon as the steam was out of sales. Do yourself a favor and buy a Palm Pre or if you are on the Sprint network, wait until the iPhone gets there. These devices have a future, and an API that begs to be exploited by developers.
    jfgeschmidtt
    • jfgeschmidtt is right on!

      My wife has the original Instinct, and I got my Palm Pre a few months back. Between the two, I would most definitely stick with my Pre, but that's because I follow what's going on in the mobile industry (mild-level Mobile Geek), and my wife simply voices what she wants to be able to do and how she wants her tech experience to feel like.

      She's got an available upgrade on her line of service, but at this point, I'm going to have her try out my Pre before upgrading to anything else. For one, It'll be MUCH easier for me to help her maintain her contacts, email and calendar (can we say "Thank you Synergy!"), as well as the superior multi-tasking ability of the Pre. She enjoys the touch screen keyboard, though. We'll have to see what comes to the surface of her feature wish-list.

      Plus... it seems the Pre is going to be much cheaper than the Instinct HD when the Instinct HD comes available. To me, that would be a no-brainer!
      NorCalMike
      • What about the Hero?

        The HTC Hero is coming to Sprint and will be
        cheaper than both the Pre and the Instinct HD.
        Plus its UI is incredibly slick. And with the
        Android store... it sounds like a winner to me.
        CassidyJames
  • RE: Sprint announces the Samsung Instinct HD

    Samsung Instinct HD Of only 19$. I can't believe on my eyes. Check em out and tell me is it realy true?
    http://www.justcompareit.com/s~q-samsung-instinct~b-11580100~c-Cell-Phones.aspx?ag=3
    Steve.bucknor
    • That's the original Instinct. [nt]

      [nt]
      CassidyJames
  • RE: Sprint announces the Samsung Instinct HD

    Hero is also good. I see the HTC Hero Thats good to use. Here is that http://www.justcompareit.com/s~q-htc-hero~b-11580100~c-Cell-Phones.aspx?ag=3
    Steve.bucknor