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Samsung Instinct s30 Review

Samsung Instinct s30

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The original Instinct set the bar pretty high for phone performance, and the Samsung Instinct s30 is just as good. Sound quality on our end was excellent, just as good as a landline phone. Callers were equally impressed, picking up subtle differences in our voice though they said we sounded a bit like we were in a hole. Overall the s30, like the Instinct before it, is one of the best phones we’ve ever tested. Battery life is rated at 4.6 hours, well below the 5.75hr rating of the original, but we found that to be rather generous and 4.6 is probably more realistic. Unfortunately the s30 does not ship with the extra battery and charger like the original did.


Samsung Instinct s30 isn’t really a successor to the Instinct, just a nice refresh. For what it is the s30 is a decent offering, though Samsung has skimped on accessories (the extra battery, memory card is down from 2GB, no leather case) and materials, yet the price remains at $130. Don’t get us wrong, the Instinct s30 is a very compelling offering and still probably the second best featurephone on the market behind the iPhone 3G, but in this day, a and market we feel it would be much better suited at $50 as a low-priced compliment to a true replacement. With the Dash rumored we’ll have to see how it plays out, but for those who just need a phone now the s30 is a fine choice.

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Samsung Instinct s30 Review


  • Responsive touch screen
  • Great QWERTY keyboard
  • Excellent call quality
  • Included IM client
  • Ships with Opera Mini


  • Portrait keyboard not T9
  • Issues with music player
  • Lacks the punch the original had
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

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.

posted on 12 Mar 2010, 10:39

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

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Display3.2 inches, 240 x 432 pixels (154 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size4.57 x 2.17 x 0.48 inches
(116 x 55 x 12 mm)
3.88 oz  (110 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 4.6 hours talk time

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