A newer version of the Samsung Instinct touch screen phone has come out this year – the Samsung Instinct S30. Even though a newer version of the phone was much expected, however, it failed to meet most people’s expectations, for the simple reason that there were not any major changes to the phone. It’s nothing more than slight redesign with very few feature changes. The Samsung Instinct S30 costs around $129 along with a contract which to be honest is a pretty good bargain.
The new Instinct phone shares the same shape as its predecessor; however, by a close comparison one can easily see that it has a slightly sleeker design and curved corners. The size of the phone is almost the same as the original. It’s 4.57 inches tall, 2.11 inches wide and 0.48 inches thick, only 0.1 inches slimmer than the original. The phone is available in two different colors copper and cobalt metal.
The screen of the phone is 3.2 inches long and there’s not much difference between the touch screen of the old and the new model. The phone has a virtual dial pad and QWERTY keyboard very similar to the original.
The Instinct S30 has the following features: stereo Bluetooth, GPS with Sprint Navigation, a personal organizer, voice dialing and commands, FM radio, IMAP4 and POP3 e-mail, USB mass storage, 600 contact phonebook, messaging and a full HTML browser.
It also has 2MP camera. The photo quality seems to be fine. One thing that disappointed was that here was no flash with the camera.
A new feature in the phone is that it has an Opera 4.2 browser and additional memory space of 32MB. Also another disappointment was that there’s no Wi-Fi and that the developers have actually downgraded the 3G technology in the phone.
Another feature not available in the newer phone was that there is no extra battery that could be charge in the carry case. This was a great feature available with the previous phone.
The quality of calls has improved somewhat and the signal is quite clear mostly. Speakerphone calls are acceptable, but not great though. The web browsing experience is decent as pages upload rather quickly. The battery has a life of 4.6 talk time.
Overall, the Instinct S30 is a good redesign and a slightly better version of the original Samsung instinct, with a few additional features here and there.