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Samsung Instinct S30 / Instinct Mini SPH-M810

alaTest has collected and analyzed 128 reviews of Samsung Instinct S30 / Instinct Mini SPH-M810. The average rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. People are impressed by the screen and portability. The design and price are also mentioned favorably. The camera and reception get critical opinions, while views are divided on the durability.

usability, price, design, portability, screen

reliability, reception, camera

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 78/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 54 user reviews of Samsung Instinct S30 / Instinct Mini SPH-M810 from The average user rating for this product is 3.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Opinions about the GPS navigation and usability are generally positive. The portability and performance also get good feedback, whereas the camera and screen get less positive opinions.

price, performance, portability, usability, GPS navigation

reliability, screen, camera

61% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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May, 2015


Expert review by: Stewart Wolpin (

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.

May, 2009

Expert review by: Ginny Mies (

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...

Apr, 2009

Expert review by: Ginny Mies (

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.

Apr, 2009

Expert review by: Steven Grady (

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...

Apr, 2009

Expert review by: Kent German (

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.

Apr, 2009

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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.

Expert review by: PhoneArena Team (

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...

Apr, 2009

Expert review by: Jamie Lendino (

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.

Jun, 2009

Expert review by: Eric M. Zeman (

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.

May, 2009

Expert review by: Michael Oryl (

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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May, 2009

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 Type:Internal


Talk Time (PB):276minutes
Technology:Lithium ion



CE Input Device



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



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

Flash Memory

Supported Flash Memory Cards:Micro SDHC/microSDHC


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

Messaging & Data Services

Internet Browser: Yes


Color:Cobalt metal/Purple/Touch of copper

Optical Sensor

Sensor Resolution:2Megapixel


Alarm Clock: Yes
Calendar: Yes
Reminder: Yes

Telephone Memory

Phone Book Capacity:600names & numbers
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