Objects of Desire: Samsung Instinct HD
Nov 23, 2009
By Dan Havlik
The Samsung Instinct HD may only kind of/sort of resemble an iPhone—and we're very doubtful it has the same user experience—but its imaging chops are far superior. First there's the 5-megapixel sensor which is about as high as we'd go for resolution on a chip this small. We'd also like to see a halfway decent lens on a cell phone but that's probably asking a lot.
For video, while the Samsung Instinct HD doesn't let you actually watch the high-def footage you've captured on the handset, a TV-out HD connection means you can play it back on any high-definition compatible device such as an HDTV or a monitor.
Other, non-photo related features include a full Opera Mobile 9.7 browser, WiFi capabilities, an Ambient Light Sensor, and an accelerometer. Though the virtual keyboard on the Instinct HD doesn't compare to a true QWERTY keyboard, a proximity sensor with haptic feedback provides vibration to simulate actual typing.
Like we said though, the real reason you'll want this Sprint network handset is the built-in 5-megapixel camera and HD video camcorder. It may not be the best camera you have but it'll be with you at all times.