Hands on with the Samsung Intercept with Sprint
Aug 26, 2010 4:39 PM –
It’s pink! Do I think they sent me the pink one because I’m n3rdg1rl? Absolutely. Was the funky metallic pink with a nifty tribal design on the back cute? Yes…fine…it was. Unfortunately that was my favorite feature of the phone.
- Network Type: CDMA Dual Band
- Data: 1xEV-DO rev.0
- Processor: Samsung SC6410, 800 MHz
- Color(s): Black and Pink
- Software: Android 2.1
It does come in black too so you don’t have to worry about people staring at you awkwardly while you’re talking about your newest winning investment. The processor, at 800 MHz, while not top of the line, isn’t the worst processor in an Android phone. It is just powerful enough to multi-task, but it does show it’s issues when you open menus or scroll through home screens while you have a few things going on in the background.
- Dimensions: 4.43 x 2.19 x 0.59 in
- Weight: 4.90oz
For how small it is, I was surprised at the weight. It’s not heavy, but it is deceiving. At only just under 4 1/2″ inches long, the keyboard feels cramped, but I still used the physical keyboard more than the on screen one.
- Resolution: 240 x 400 Pixels
- Type: LCD (Color TFT/TFD) 16.7 Million Colors
- Physical Size: 3.20 in
- Touch Screen: Capacitive
One of the most annoying things I’m finding in phones is when there is no multi-touch. All the bigger screens have it. Why they wouldn’t have it on the smaller, lower resolution screens that need it is beyond me. You can easily tell that it has a very low resolution just looking at anything on the display. It was difficult to read text and pictures and video always looked blurry.
Since this phone isn’t very good at video or pictures, it’s a good thing that it does work so well with sound. The call clarity with the speaker phone and the built-in ear piece were clearer than some high-end models I’ve used. The audio always sounded great regardless if it was through the speaker or the standard 3.5 mm headset.
- Memory Card Slot: microSD/microSDHC (Up to 32 GB)
- 512 MB built in
Thank goodness that this phone can handle a card up to 32GB because onboard 512 MB will go very fast. Since you’re saving so much money buying this phone, you should pick up a larger SD card as well because you’re going to want it! With no discussion of upgrading this phone to Froyo (Android 2.2), without rooting there isn’t going to be a way to move your apps to the SD card. If apps are an important part of your Android experience, I would look elsewhere.
- Bluetooth: 2.1, Stereo Bluetooth
- Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g
- Internet: Android Browser, HTML
This is an Internet phone, however, I wouldn’t buy it for the Internet. It’s loading time for anything beyond text pages is painful. If you try to open another window, the phone literally sits there and ponders what it would be like to open that window and if it really wants to do that for you.
It’s not a good camera. There’s really not much else to say about it. I was surprised that it was even 3.2 MP when I saw the quality of the pictures. Video is jerky and the sound didn’t line up a few times because of the lag in the video. I thought the quality problem was because of the phone so I transferred it to the computer and it still was very bad.
- Li-Ion 1500mAh
- Battery Life: 5.5hrs Talk Time, 300hrs Stand-by Time
- Included Programs: Alarm, Calendar, Calculator
- Voice: Recording, Speaker Phone
- Email: IMAP/POP3/SMTP/Microsoft Exchange
- GPS: GPS
- Video Playback: MPEG4
- Music Player: MP3
- Keyboard: Full Keyboard (QWERTY)
- USB: MicroUSB
The great thing about this phone is the battery life. It seems to last longer than other Android phones I’ve played with. I’m sure this is because it doesn’t have much going on behind the scenes. I could easily leave it off the charger for 2 days and still have some juice in it.