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Samsung Instinct S30 / Instinct Mini SPH-M810

alaTest has collected and analyzed 117 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the battery and screen are generally positive. The design and value for money also get good feedback. The reception and apps get less positive opinions.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Samsung Instinct S30 / Instinct Mini SPH-M810 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Samsung Instinct S30 / Instinct Mini SPH-M810

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 43 user reviews of Samsung Instinct S30 / Instinct Mini SPH-M810 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com.

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56% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Samsung Instinct S30

 

In a couple of months, amid the usual hoopla, Apple is expected to unveil its next-gen iPhone, rumored to include such improvements as a 3.2MP camera plus video recording, stereo Bluetooth and 32 GB memory, as well as a totally updated OS – all major...

Easy-to-use touchscreen interface and OS; excellent music and video player; fast EV-DO Web access; visual voicemail

No real improvements over original Instinct; below average camera; slow-to-load music player; hard-to-read Web text; less talk time battery life than original

Samsung didn't drastically improve either its physical or functional abilities from the original Instinct.

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Instinct S30

 

Phone fans had been hoping that Sprint's next-gen version of the Samsung Instinct smartphone would drop weight and beef up on specs. Then, at CTIA 2009, the Instinct S30 ($130 after rebates, with a two-year contract) premiered. Let's just say that the...

Slimmer profile, smooth lines feel great in hand 32GB of internal memory

Still no Wi-Fi Weak camera capabilities

Samsung has done a solid job on both the original Instinct and the S30; either way, you have to admire the extensive feature list and sharp design you get for the price. But Wi-Fi support, better camera specs, and a snazzier user interface all seem...

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Samsung Instinct S30 Phone Review

 

Slimmer profile feels great in hand ; 32GB of internal memory

Still no Wi-Fi ; Weak camera capabilities

Samsung Instinct S30 is a solid phone, but it needed Wi-Fi support and better camera specs to be a true upgrade.

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Samsung Instinct S30 Review

 

As mentioned before, the Samsung Instinct S30 is the followup to Sprint's most popular phone from last year. Originally, the Instinct was positioned as an iPhone killer. While that never actually happened, the Instinct was a great phone in its own...

Everyone who has a current generation Instinct is going to be upgrading to the Palm Pre. You can bet on that. Users who want to dip their feet into the world of social-networking, mobile browsing, and GPS-capable applications. The phone is still a...

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Samsung Instinct S30 (cobalt metal, Sprint)

 

Editors' note: The Instinct S30 is similar to the Sprint's first Instinct. For this review, we will be concentrating on the differences only. For a full description of shared features and characteristics, see our original Samsung Instinct SPH-M810...

The Samsung Instinct S30 offers a slick design, bigger external memory, and an attractive touch-screen interface. Features are respectable and the call quality is satisfactory.

The Samsung Instinct S30's video quality is erratic and it lacks Wi-Fi and camera editing options. In a disappointing move, Samsung and Sprint downgraded the EV-DO support.

The Samsung Instinct S30 has its good points, but Samsung and Sprint missed the opportunity to make a better device.

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Samsung Instinct s30 SPH-M810 (Sprint)

 

The 3.2-inch, 240-by-432-pixel touch screen has a lower resolution than the iPhone's—and looks it, with drab icons and blocky menu graphics. But Samsung wasn't joking about the touch-screen upgrade: It's a tenth of an inch larger and considerably more...

Responsive touch panel. Good camera and video recorder. Plenty of mobile media features, all of which are included in Sprint's Everything plan

Low-res screen. No Wi-Fi. Reception could be stronger. Some clumsy interface elements

Samsung's Instinct is still a far cry from the iPhone, even with the latest refresh. But it's loaded with features and brings some of the same, simplified touch-interface magic to Sprint subscribers.

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Samsung Instinct s30 Review

 

Last summer Sprint took arguably the best shot at the iPhone at the time, and the Samsung Instinct stood toe-to-toe with its fruity rival. Customers no doubt stayed with Sprint because of it, but we doubt too many AT&T customers defected for an...

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Samsung Instinct s30 SPH-M810 (Sprint)

 

With more features and a lower price than the original Instinct, the updated s30 version is a solid handset choice for Sprint.

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Review: Samsung Instinct S30

 

Samsung takes another stab at the basic Instinct. The S30 is an all-around better phone than its predecessor, but it's still far from perfect.

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Review: Samsung's curvy new Instinct S30 for Sprint

 

The new Samsung Instinct S30 for Sprint takes the winning capabilities of the original and packs them into a much sexier form factor - but adds little else. We take the S30 out for a test to see how the little tweaks and updates add up in this review,...

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Product Specifications

The Samsung Instinct s30 puts your world at your fingertips. Instant messaging keeps you in touch with friends and family. The web browser lets you surf the internet faster. Turn-by-turn GPS navigation gives you directions to anywhere you want to go. And with Calendar Sync, you'll be in perfect harmony with your business computer at all times. What are your instincts telling you now?

Antenna

Antenna Type:Internal

Battery

Capacity:1000mAh
Talk Time (PB):276minutes
Technology:Lithium ion

Calculator

Type:Basic

CE Input Device

Type:Keyboard

Cellular

Band:CDMA2000 1X 1900/800
Combined with:With digital camera / digital player
Integrated Components:Digital camera / Digital player/Digital camera / Digital player
Phone Form Factor:Monoblock
Service Provider:Sprint Nextel
Technology:CDMA2000 1X
Type:Cellular phone
Vibrating Alert: Yes
Voice Recorder: Yes
Wireless Interface:Bluetooth

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.5in
Height:4.6in
Weight:3.8oz
Width:2.2in

Display

Color Depth:18-bit (262000 Colors)
Type:LCD display

Flash Memory

Supported Flash Memory Cards:Micro SDHC/microSDHC

Header

Manufacturer:Samsung
Model:M810 Instinct S30
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Samsung SPH

Messaging & Data Services

Internet Browser: Yes

Miscellaneous

Color:Cobalt metal/Purple/Touch of copper

Optical Sensor

Sensor Resolution:2Megapixel

Organizer

Alarm Clock: Yes
Calendar: Yes
Reminder: Yes

Telephone Memory

Phone Book Capacity:600names & numbers