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Samsung Instinct S30 review




Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
3.2"
Camera
2+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Phone Scoop

The S30 makes some noteworthy improvements to the original Instinct. The hardware is better all around. It feels like a more fully-realized device. The vast improvements in signal strength and responsiveness of the resistive touch display are the two things that make us happiest. Other new addition...

- Eric M. Zeman, Phone Scoop
MobileBurn

This phone does a lot, it just seems a tad awkward in the user interface department.

- Michael Oryl, MobileBurn
Engadget

In case you're somehow oblivious to negativity, you can probably guess that we can't wholeheartedly recommend that to-be smartphone owners equipped with $130 and an open mind purchase the Instinct s30. If we're being entirely honest, we're wondering why Samsung and Sprint even bothered releasing thi...

- Darren Murph, Engadget


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Samsung released the Instinct S30 on March 31, 2009.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Samsung Instinct S30 user manual here.


Samsung backs up the Instinct S30 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
3.2"

The Samsung Instinct S30's screen size is 3.2 inches with 240 x 432 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

The phone runs on the Other operating system (OS).

Camera
2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
32 MB

Internal memory is 32 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1000 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 9 days standby time.

Instinct S30 Specs

Overview
Release date March 31, 2009
Regions available USA
Networks
CDMA:
850/1900 MHz
Data:
1xRTT, EV-DO Rev. 0
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory 32 MB
RAM No
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.33 W/kg
Body: 1.04 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1000 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 9 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Colors Cobalt Metal, Touch of Copper
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.6 x 5.5 x 1.2 cm (4.6 x 2.2 x 0.5 in)
Weight 110 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution 240 x 432 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 3.2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 600
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization No
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Flash
Yes
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung Instinct Mini, Samsung SPH-M810

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Critic Reviews


Phone Scoop

An inexpensive touch phone that is easy to use

from Phone Scoop

The S30 makes some noteworthy improvements to the original Instinct. The hardware is better all around. It feels like a more fully-realized device. The vast improvements in signal strength and responsiveness of the resistive touch display are the two things that make us happiest.

Oth...More

The S30 makes some noteworthy improvements to the original Instinct. The hardware is better all around. It feels like a more fully-realized device. The vast improvements in signal strength and responsiveness of the resistive touch display are the two things that make us happiest.

Other new additions are the ability to send IMs, set an EQ for your music and better access to third-party apps.

These don't make up for the aspects of the S30 that haven't changed at all. Too much of the software (including the bad parts) is carried over almost exactly as-is. I was hoping for better camera software, and there was none to be found. Adding a flash or autofocus to the S30 would have been great, but Samsung skipped it.

What's worst is the poor call quality I experienced. Quite honestly, it had the poorest call performance of any phone I've tested in recent memory.

But, if you're a Samsung fan, and a Sprint lover, the Instinct is a solid, budget, alternative to some of the higher-end touch phones that have flooded the market in the last 15 months.

Bottom line, if you want an inexpensive touch phone that is easy to use, the S30 may be the phone for you.

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MobileBurn

New body design is worlds better than the original

from MobileBurn

We honestly expected more from the follow-up to the original Samsung Instinct. The fact that the Instinct S30 gets downgraded 3G data speeds and still has the same ultra basic 2 megapixel camera is a real disappointment. But with that said, the new body design is worlds better than the original in both hand feel and style. It is the integrated services that really make the device shine. The voice command and search functionality are exceedingly good, and the access to music, streaming TV and radio, and the web are equally impressive. This phone does a lot, it just seems a tad awkward in the user interface department. But that alone is not enough to keep the device from earning a solid "Recommended" rating....

More

We honestly expected more from the follow-up to the original Samsung Instinct. The fact that the Instinct S30 gets downgraded 3G data speeds and still has the same ultra basic 2 megapixel camera is a real disappointment. But with that said, the new body design is worlds better than the original in both hand feel and style. It is the integrated services that really make the device shine. The voice command and search functionality are exceedingly good, and the access to music, streaming TV and radio, and the web are equally impressive. This phone does a lot, it just seems a tad awkward in the user interface department. But that alone is not enough to keep the device from earning a solid "Recommended" rating.

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Engadget

Decent featurephone with a few unique niceties and nothing whatsoever that's mind-blowing

from Engadget

In case you're somehow oblivious to negativity, you can probably guess that we can't wholeheartedly recommend that to-be smartphone owners equipped with $130 and an open mind purchase the Instinct s30. If we're being entirely honest, we're wondering why Samsung and Sprint even bothered releasing this phone. In far, far too many ways, it's just an Instinct that looks a wee bit different than the one outed last June. And in some critical areas (mobile data, specifically), it's actually less featured. To that end, we're really struggling to see where the s30 fits in today's oversaturated featurephone / smartphone marketplace. As we've insinuated already, we could totally see this as a winner if priced anywhere between $0 and $50 on contract. As it stands, there are just too many better options out there in the $130 - $200 range, and so far as we know, each of those rivals support EV-DO Rev. A or the GSM equivalent....

More

In case you're somehow oblivious to negativity, you can probably guess that we can't wholeheartedly recommend that to-be smartphone owners equipped with $130 and an open mind purchase the Instinct s30. If we're being entirely honest, we're wondering why Samsung and Sprint even bothered releasing this phone. In far, far too many ways, it's just an Instinct that looks a wee bit different than the one outed last June. And in some critical areas (mobile data, specifically), it's actually less featured. To that end, we're really struggling to see where the s30 fits in today's oversaturated featurephone / smartphone marketplace. As we've insinuated already, we could totally see this as a winner if priced anywhere between $0 and $50 on contract. As it stands, there are just too many better options out there in the $130 - $200 range, and so far as we know, each of those rivals support EV-DO Rev. A or the GSM equivalent.

What Samsung did here was give a lackluster phone an uninspiring makeover and a price tag that's not a penny lower than the original. You're buying the same camera, the same display, the same form factor, the same operating system (mostly), the same experience -- and you're paying the same price ($129.99 on contract). Oh, and you're also getting less speedy mobile broadband (Rev. 0 on the s30 versus Rev. A on the Instinct), a less capacious memory card (1GB on the s30 versus 2GB on the Instinct) and less battery life (4.6 hours of continuous talk time on the s30 versus 5.75 hours of talk time on the Instinct). Of note, that last tidbit is made even worse when you consider that the same $130 got you a spare battery right in the box with the original Instinct, which is something you definitely won't find in the box of the s30. If you can manage to snag one for $49.99 at Best Buy Mobile, you may be pleased with the value proposition, but there's just nothing here to warrant a triple-digit MSRP -- who knows, maybe the real Instinct 2 will actually pack some innovation (or a reasonable price tag, at worse).

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