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Samsung Intercept Review

Samsung Intercept

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Interface and Software:

For the most part the Samsung Intercept SPH-M910 runs stock Android 2.1, though Samsung has made a few small tweaks.  The most noticeable is a different lock screen where the user scrolls up; we prefer the vanilla Android lock screen with the two side scrolling options but it’s a minor dislike.  In the notification drawer the user now has quick access to toggle Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Silent and Vibrate modes.  This is a change we do like.  We’ve seen widgets for these on HTC devices and in the Market, but it’s nice to have them not take up real estate especially since the Intercept only offers three screens for customization.  Of course this problem can be taken care of via the Market as well with excellent home screen replacements such as LauncherPro and ADW.Launcher.

Lock screen - For the most part the Samsung Intercept runs stock Android 2.1 - Samsung Intercept Review
Home screen - For the most part the Samsung Intercept runs stock Android 2.1 - Samsung Intercept Review
Main menu - For the most part the Samsung Intercept runs stock Android 2.1 - Samsung Intercept Review
Quick access toglges - For the most part the Samsung Intercept runs stock Android 2.1 - Samsung Intercept Review

Lock screen

Home screen

Main menu

Quick access toglges

For the most part the Samsung Intercept runs stock Android 2.1

There is noticeable lag at times throughout the interface, which is a disappointment given the phone’s healthy but not beefy 800MHz processor and 512/256MB or ROM/RAM.  It seems almost software related, as things ran much smoother with a homescreen replacement and an upgraded browser from the market (Dolphin HD, for our money.)  In fact, the more we started customizing the phone the better we liked it and the better it ran.  Ahh, the beauty of open source!

The contact list has been reworked a bit as well.  It offers Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and Exchange integration.  One thing we loved to see was the option to sync everybody from our social network sites or just match with our contact list.  We don’t want every Facebook friend in our phonebook and this is one of the reasons we never setup Facebook on webOS, and why HTC’s reworked integration with Sense isn’t as good as their old one.  Unfortunately Nuance is gone on the Samsung Intercept SPH-M910, replaced by the subpar stock Android voice dialer.

Dialing screen - Samsung Intercept Review
Contacts - Samsung Intercept Review

Dialing screen


Sprint TV - Samsung Intercept Review
Sprint TV - Samsung Intercept Review

Sprint TV

There are a few preloaded apps, including Facebook, Where, a document viewer and memo pad, as well as the standard Sprint apps like TV, Navigation, NASCAR and Football Live.  Other than that the user must fend for themselves in the market.

Multimedia and Web:

Samsung touts the multimedia prowess of the Intercept on their web site, but truth be told it is the same as just about any other Android device out there.  They have not added anything special to enhance the experience and the smaller screen obviously hurts video performance.  The display is still 16 million colors rich though, so videos at least look nice on the small screen. We were able to play our XviD and MPEG-4 at resolutions up to 720x480, but our DivX and H.264 videos were not able to play on the Intercept.

Samsung Intercept Review
Samsung Intercept Review
The 3.2 megapixel camera has lost a flash, and in low light conditions the Intercept understandably suffers from graining.  It does very well in well-lit situations, with excellent color reproduction and good detail.  Images didn’t look so hot on-screen, but once we examined them on our computer the difference was amazing.  Options are almost nothing and video camera is even less, but videos were YouTube quality at least.  Snapping pictures does take some time; a cold boot took 4.5s to load and another 3s to autofocus and capture in general.  Sometimes the capture would be quicker, sometimes slower.

Samsung Intercept Review
Samsung Intercept Review

Strong light - Indoor samples shot with the Samsung Intercept - Samsung Intercept Review
Medium light - Indoor samples shot with the Samsung Intercept - Samsung Intercept Review
Low light - Indoor samples shot with the Samsung Intercept - Samsung Intercept Review

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

Indoor samples shot with the Samsung Intercept

The Samsung Intercept SPH-M910 has been bumped down to EVDO Rev. 0 compared to the Moment (and any other smartphone’s) Rev. A but honestly this probably doesn’t make a difference on a handset.  The stock browser performed poorly, though it does support multi-touch gestures.  It was very choppy and slow, but moving to Dolphin Browser HD improved performance greatly for us.  Opera Mini is the ultimate browser for speed and Skyfire is another good alternative for a full-featured browser including full flash playback.

The internet browser of the Samsung Intercept - Samsung Intercept Review
The internet browser of the Samsung Intercept - Samsung Intercept Review
The internet browser of the Samsung Intercept - Samsung Intercept Review

The internet browser of the Samsung Intercept

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. chris23 (Posts: 39; Member since: 16 Jul 2010)

Come on phone arena how are you not doing your review on the stock UI of the phone? And again this phone is the same size as the mytouch slide, but yet you say that this phone is "a nice size" And multi-touch on the slide is waaaay better

posted on 22 Jul 2010, 23:30

2. chris23 (Posts: 39; Member since: 16 Jul 2010)

And the resolution on this phone is lower than i have ever seen in a while...in addition the slide does not need any home replacement and works pretty fast all the time as long as you are killing the apps...So i'm sorry Phone Arena i do not see how this phone gets rated even 0.5 higher than the Mytouch Slide

posted on 23 Jul 2010, 01:44

3. SladeNoctis (Posts: 5; Member since: 30 Apr 2010)

The Samsung Intercept is in the featurephone area hitting the mainstream crowd. While the Mytouch Slide is a smartphone with a smartphone price range and hitting in many crowd areas. If the Slide was in the same price point as the Intercept it would be comparing the LG Ally and the Motorola Droid. But it's a shame that a featurephone like Intercept features a more higher clocked processor than the Mytouch Slide. But hopefully there will be a Android device that will surpass all the original Android users' dreams, a HTC Dream with the spec sheet of a Samsung Galaxy S phone or rumored gingerbread spec sheet requirement.

posted on 16 Sep 2010, 13:20

4. Jonathan Pusar (unregistered)

Wait...you comment that the Moment's UI is bland, yet its not on the Intercept? Its the same thing! They are both $99 on Sprint. If you're gonna give this phone an 8 because of customization, then you should give at least that for the Moment....

posted on 05 Dec 2010, 13:00 1

6. Atulita (unregistered)

This is NOT a smart phone! All the wish-wash reviews lead me to buy this horrible phone. From pictures to simple phone call it's not worth the money!!! Do not buy this phone! The list of bad things is to long to list here... I can't believe Samsung actually put this on the market... not right!

posted on 25 Dec 2010, 01:52 1

7. ashley (unregistered)

This phone is pure garbage!! Sprint replaced my moment with the Intercept and its by far THE WORST android phone I've come across. Its slow, the quality of the phone is trash. The camera is horrible. I wouldn't reccomend it for anything.

posted on 20 Mar 2011, 12:55

8. Wadya (unregistered)

On Sprint, Samsung Intercept feels inferior because there are options such as Samsung Transform, Samsung Epic 4G, EVO 4G. For 2 year contract, one gets better phone with subsidized price and same rate plan.

Samsung Intercept feels great on Virgin Mobile USA. With 25 USD per month unlimited SMS / MMS / Data and no service fees/taxes!

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 22:19 1

9. Marc Dunbar (unregistered)

Sprint replaced my HTC Hero crap phone, With this intercept, this phone go into airplane mode every time i travel to a different cell tower. I am unable to turn of the AP mode w/o turning of the phone. I can then turn on the phone make a call then the phone go right back into AP mode again. I can not receive calls or use data. Sprint has replaced this phone 4 times now, and the phone has done the same thing with every phone. Sprint is telling me that this in a known software problem with this phone and the Samsung is working on a fix. But sprint is still selling this phone even with the problems and not informing anyone of the issues. After bringing the phone back to sprint for a service tag every day for the past 18 days,( i told sprint i would bring this phone every day till the end of my contract next November untill they replaced the phone with something better) Today Sprint decited to replace my intercept with a LG Optimus S. Hope this is a better phone. The reviews seem to be pretty good!!

posted on 08 May 2011, 19:50

10. Fred H (unregistered)

Beyond bad, this is the worst phone I've ever owned. "Some menu lag" is the understatement of a year, and not just the menus but *everything* on the phone lags and / or freezes up.

It's so bad that from time to time you'll get a call and hear the phone ringing, but will find yourself unable to answer it before it gets to voicemail because the screen stays black and doesn't display the call-screen with the accept reject buttons until it's too late. Calls also drop regularly, even in areas where the phone shows 3 or 4 bars.

It performs just as poorly as an internet device, coughing and wheezing all the way through. Particularly egregious is are the navigation buttons at the bottom of the screen, which often fail to work. If you touch them more than once, be prepared for the phone to go insane after its normal 10 second lag time, popping up all sorts of windows at once and sometimes even performing commands you never pressed buttons for. If you're really lucky, the phone will freeze to black, and you'll have to remove the battery to reset it, as if the device is trying to hide itself out of shame.

Sprint, for their part, is beyond unhelpful. Their forums are replete with complaints and angry tirades about this phone, but they refuse to admit that it's a lemon. I decided to wait for the Froyo update, which put me outside the 30 day return period... I had the phone reset at the Sprint store and continued to experience problems, eventually being told that I would just have to live with it, unacceptable since the device utterly fails to perform as advertised (or often at all). Pass on this one and go for a better model; put the $50 or $100 in, because you get what you pay for with these. I'm cancelling my contract and moving over to T-Mobile.

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 19:28

11. awoelf (unregistered)

This is worse than any phone I could have ever possibly imagined. And I'm not picky. If the phone can make calls, sends/receives text messages, and occasionally allow me to check my email, I'm happy.

If I still had it, I'd go back to my flip phone from 2007 because at least it could send simple text messages and answer calls without constantly freezing and messing up.

My husband and I both bought this phone at the same time. And they are both complete trash. Frequently (I'm talking like once every few days) his would not send text messages, even with 4-5 bars of service, without him having to resend the message eight or more times. And this lasts for a period of a few hours. EVERY text must be sent over and over and over and over and over before it finally works.

My phone had a different problem. It randomly corrupted and then deleted all of my photos. It started out where I could not open the pictures, or they would have green squares all over them, and then one day they were completely gone. My photo gallery simply says "no media found."

You cannot talk on the phone without pressing buttons accidentally with your face. Very annoying.

FORGET watching a video on YouTube on this phone. It will freeze every 15 seconds at least, even if you pause the video to let it completely load first.

OH! And one of the most annoying things at all. Sometimes, when you try to delete a certain text message, the phone will freeze and it will think you clicked more than once, and the "CALL THIS NUMBER" button is right behind "delete message." So it will start calling the person whose message you are trying to delete, and since the phone is already slightly frozen when this happens, you won't be able to hang up until it already rang a bunch of times.

Not a single function on this phone works like it should. I can't even believe Samsung put a phone this crappy out on the market.

posted on 30 Dec 2012, 16:23

12. biebergurl101 (Posts: 2; Member since: 30 Dec 2012)

this phone is ok. its cool looking and works 70% of the time. it is pretty slow and sometimes it randomly turns off. you can get cool apps and stuff and the keyboard works great! you need an sd card to take pictures or get music or anythng like that and mine didnt come with an sd card so you have to spend more money for that, which sucks. this is a very good phone compared to my old stupid boring phone but its not very good compared to other samsung phones. i only rate it a 3.5 out of 5 stars. good things: cool looking good keyboard nice apps ect. bad things: slow turns off randomly ect. i like this phone but i dont think its always reliable. ~ hope this was helpful!

posted on 30 Dec 2012, 16:28

13. biebergurl101 (Posts: 2; Member since: 30 Dec 2012)

awoelf~ this fone was not that bad and i didnt have some of these problems. i think you over eggzargerating.

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Samsung Intercept

Samsung Intercept

OS: Android 2.2 2.1
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PhoneArena rating:
Display3.2 inches, 240 x 400 pixels (146 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
800 MHz
0.25 GB RAM
Size4.43 x 2.19 x 0.59 inches
(113 x 56 x 15 mm)
4.90 oz  (139 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 5.5 hours talk time

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