Samsung Instinct s30 Review
The Samsung Instinct s30 downgrades to EVDO Rev. 0 from the original’s Rev. A. While this looks like a bad move on paper, and we’re not saying it isn’t, Rev. A isn’t particularly noticeable on a handset as compared to an aircard. Browsers don’t render fast enough anyway, and the limited uploading we do on our phones are usually of relatively small files.
Speaking of browsers, the Instinct s30 actually comes with two. Samsung again has a “full HTML” browser, clocking in at v1.3 (up from v1.2 on the Instinct). It’s decent, but still not as full as we’d like it to be. Rendering is quicker than in the past, but still not what we would call quick. Luckily it ships with Opera Mini, and Sprint even touts it with a screenshot on the box. While it still doesn’t support flash like its Opera Mobile counterpart, it renders pages quickly and accurately. The stock browser only works in landscape mode, whereas Opera gives you the option to choose.
The s30 is Bluetooth 2.0+EDR compatible and supports the HSP, HFP 1.5, DUN, OPP, FTP, PBA, A2DP and AVRC profiles.
Again there is nothing new here, which is a bit disappointing because there are still zero options. Still, the 2 megapixel shooter performed well enough in good lighting conditions. It is most likely the same camera found on the original, as results were similar. There is direct upload to Facebook and YouTube, a feature we are starting to see more and more but enjoy none-the-less. Video capture and playback are unchanged as well, which is to say that they are fine for YouTube but don’t expect anything great.
The music player of the Samsung Instinct s30 still lacks the refinement needed for it to compete with the iPhone. We loaded our usual six test albums, all properly tagged with album art, and the s30 only recognized 3 of them and occasional album art. All the songs played just fine, but in this day and age we expect more from our music players. Customers can of course also download music for just $0.99/track over the air though the Sprint Music Store.
SprintTV has had several upgrades since the Instinct’s original release. It runs much smoother with less pixilation, but the quality does not approach Verizon and AT&T’s offerings. What it lacks in quality it makes up for in quantity however, with an ever-changing mix of live and on-demand programming.
1. dickenson (Posts: 8; Member since: 03 May 2009)
I purchased the same Instinct s30 of the same color in this review from Sprint for $129.00 after the mail in rebate. So far I like this phone and pretty much agree with the PhoneArena assessment of the phone in general. I wish it did come with an extra battery and maybe a leather case. It does function as advertised. It feels very good and solid in the hands. And the screen size is very nice. The features of the phone and what Sprint offers as part of their Everything Data Plan is what drew me to this phone and how they made it very easy for me to become a new customer. I am also very please to know that developers have the ability now to create new applications for this model to add some more excitement. I would like to see a version of Blackberry Pocket Express available for the Instinct s30. This phone has plenty going for it for the price. And it's very stylish. I like the fact that this phone offers two web browser. The Opera Mini 4.2 Browser is very fast indeed. And I hope that eventually EV-DO Rev A will be offered for a download update, which may increase the standard browser download speed. I am looking forward to seeing a few very good, informative and fun applications for this phone in the near future. But with a two year contract I do think the fun of using the Instinct s30 will fade anytime soon till I'm ready to replace it with something more flashy and advanced.
2. douchka (Posts: 4; Member since: 12 Mar 2010)
Is it me or Phonearena always rates Sprint phones above 8, and any other carrier 8 or below? Same way cnet.com always rates ATT's phones way above average and any other carrier phone average or below? Must have something to do with advertising. I mean of of the advertisement on here are sprint ones... Just saying