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Samsung Instinct s30 User Reviews

7.7 Based on 9 Reviews

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Build quality10/10
Text input10/10
Everyday usage10/10
UI speed10/10
Call quality10/10

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posted on 12 Nov 2009, 13:43 (Posts: 74; Member since: 09 Nov 2009)


Great Phone

I got my Instinct S30 back in July.  I am very satisfied with this phone. 
First the video quality was a bit pixilated, but found a way to increase the bandwidth, so problem resolved.
Opera Is a good web browser.
One thing I noticed is that when taking pictures especially if you take mulitple pics quickly the images seem to drop, but doing the same thing it makes them reappear, quirky but not a major issue. 
I know its only a phone but people have complimented me on this phone especially since they have other Samsung touchscreens, the camera is only 2.0 megapixel but that's all you need if you need to post on facebook or myspace.
I love the Sprint Naviagtion with the Nuance voice command; this feature rocks, the Visual Voicemail is also a plus!
Easy Navigation on the text keyboard with spellcheck is great, tethered messages.
No real complaints other than the battery life could be better, but if you're web, looking at videos, and texting I guess it would suck up the battery.

Design 9/10
Features 9/10
Performance 8/10


  • *Visual VoiceMail
  • *GPS
  • *Music Organizer
  • *Stylish
  • *Text Keyboard


  • *Battery Could be better
  • *Photos tend to drop when clicking the camera too much but reappears when doing the same.

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posted on 12 Mar 2010, 10:38 (Posts: 4; Member since: 12 Mar 2010)


um hum

 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

Design 3/10
Features 3/10
Performance 3/10

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Phone geek
posted on 13 Apr 2011, 10:57


Sooooo Awsome

Phone geek has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

This phone is great it has a good camera and is a long battery life phone could not be any better. It is great for kids and teens .The software and touch screen text works good.I had no Idea it could work like this.I bought it at a best buy mobile on 280.The sevice is great and I an do most of anything.i ordered black and bought a jelly pad case.

ps sprint is waaay better thatn at&t doucha

Build quality 10/10
Reception 10/10
Call quality 10/10
Internet 10/10
Multimedia 10/10
Camera 10/10
UI speed 10/10
Everyday usage 10/10
Text input 10/10
Display 10/10
Battery 10/10


  • awsome opera works great


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John Johnson1
posted on 20 Mar 2010, 14:31



Its a good phone and it has alot of cool features with the live search and the GPS works great. The battery life isnt good and its always freezes on the web. I had this phone for about 2 months now I had to swap it out for my old phone which was a Sanyo 8400 that I liked alot. But  Samsung usuallly makes good phones and I heard the the regulary Instinct wasnt that good, so I thought that the s30 might be different.

Design 8/10
Features 10/10
Performance 7/10


  • Features and nice, sleek


  • Battery could be battery
  • Freezes alot

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posted on 04 Jan 2010, 15:54


do not buy

All i can tell you is not to buy this phone. it looks good but the software is horrible. it shuts down on its own too many times and i had to swap it for the hero

Design 7/10
Features 4/10
Performance 1/10


  • thin
  • touch sensitive buttons
  • video camera


  • everything and always freezes!!!!!

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posted on 03 Aug 2009, 22:29



I love this phone. i am learnig new things about it everyday.
the music play is good.
touchscreen works excelent.

Design 10/10
Features 9/10
Performance 9/10


  • Touch Screen
  • Loud Speaker
  • Bright Beautiful Display
  • Apps


  • No voice memo
  • Battery Life could be better

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posted on 11 Jun 2009, 01:21


Iphone knockout

i purchased my s30 at my local radioshack and it is great opera mini was a big hit and my family has the original instinct so i decided to give this one a try and i absolutely love it i reccommend this to anyone that wants to buy the iphone dont even bother with the iphone this phone is 10 times as good

Design 10/10
Features 10/10
Performance 9/10


  • signal, opera mini, sleek design, color, camera, size, features, texting


  • nothing

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posted on 03 May 2009, 17:20


Samsung Instinct s30 review

As a practical phone, the s30 works well.  Great keyboard, signal(6 bars in my apartment) and battery life. For its features the size and weight are impressive. 
Using the phone to watch streaming TV reminded me of the 200x 200 vidoes of garbage quality appearing 15+ years ago.  Complete with artifacts and 1-2 second freezes in picture.  However, with the microSD card slot you can import your own videos including .hkvs.  I recommend finding out how to re-encode your own .hkvs to fit the phone specifications(240 x 432 @ 15FPS).  The microSD feature is the reason I didn't get an iphone.
No use for or way to remove the NFL and Nascar buttons.  However I can add/remove myspace/facebook/photobucket/youtube/online albums even though I have no use for any of them.  Most people would like the option to remove NFL and Nascar. 
In the games/applications section nothing is free.  Since only the Instinct uses this Operating Systems not many people are jumping to develop software. There's only 15-20 games/applications available with a slim chance of many more being added ever. 

Design 10/10
Features 5/10
Performance 9/10


  • microSD Reader
  • headphone out
  • well functioning phone


  • No Wifi support
  • Limited applications
  • Failure OS

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posted on 20 Apr 2009, 12:48


Best dumbish smartphone I've ever used.

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Opera Mini works great for browsing the Internet. I don't like that they still have the stock browser as the default browser though. If you hit the web button it brings up the old and busted browser. I really like how Opera is optimized to work on this touch screen phone.
Messaging is good, I like the On Screen Keyboard it works great in qwerty mode. But you can also switch it to single hand mode, it formats as an A B C D setup that is 6 boxes wide and 5 boxes tall. The phone has a chat log style history for text messages although it flows backwards. In texting and Sprint Mobile Email its awesome because there is a built in spell checker that lights up incorrect works in red and they turn blue after corrected. Although the spell checker doesn't seem to work in the IM client, standard web browser or Opera Mini. Sprint Mobile email works good, No issues at all connecting to my Gmail. Voice mail is odd, it claims that it can verbally tell you who has left you a message when it arrives.
Navigation seems to have connection problems inside of buildings it gets zero signal to the satellites. Instant Messaging is great, I use ICQ which I can log into using the AOL client. It stays logged in no matter if it loses signal quality. Or it probably auto re-logs once signal quality is back and doesn't tell me. When exited out of the client it will send you a text message saying to check the client if someone had messaged...  

Design 10/10
Features 10/10
Performance 5/10


  • *Opera Mini
  • *Super accurate On Screen Keyboard
  • *Spell checker
  • *Sprint Mobile Email
  • *Great AIM Client


  • *Poor GPS Signal
  • *Horrible Cell connection
  • *Over sensitive Microphone

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