Unboxing the Sprint Samsung Instinct

After reading review after review and probably driving my poor wife up the wall about it, I decided to take the plunge and stick with Sprint(they only have 30 days to prove their worthiness). My obsession with everything iPhone 3G has been outweighed by my necessity to pinch pennies for the diapers my 4 month old Cooper so lovingly annihilates on an hourly basis. So that led me to the much anticipated Instinct, mind you it was purchased at Best Buy as they give you the $129.99 price out the door…no waiting until Halloween for my rebate check! And no the box didn’t get wet, that’s actually how it looks.

GearDiary Unboxing the Sprint Samsung Instinct

GearDiary Unboxing the Sprint Samsung Instinct

Inside the main box they seem to have stepped up their packaging a notch from the brown drink holder crate that normally accompanies any phone not made by Apple.

GearDiary Unboxing the Sprint Samsung Instinct

Once the lid is opened you are greeted with a glimpse of the Instinct, which so far in my opinion looks pretty nice.

GearDiary Unboxing the Sprint Samsung Instinct

The screen cling that protects the screen has that fun little smiley face and a little message that challenges you to “get in touch with the world…now”. Hope that means both batteries are fully charged…doubtful!

GearDiary Unboxing the Sprint Samsung Instinct

After lifting off the top tray hold the phone I was greeted by the many accessories that accompany my new toy that include
-Owners manual
-Sprint Media Manager CD
-Charging cable
-Headphones that also work as wired headset
-USB cable that connects Instinct to computer for either file management or tethering.

GearDiary Unboxing the Sprint Samsung Instinct

Leather protective case that lets you charge the phone while it rests peacefully and protected.

GearDiary Unboxing the Sprint Samsung Instinct

My favorite part, the spare battery and spare battery charger, for those of us on the go this is money as it allows us to charge the spare battery by either the wall charger or USB cable.

GearDiary Unboxing the Sprint Samsung Instinct

And lets not forget the 2GB microSD card, adapter, and stylus…wait did I just say…yes STYLUS! Not sure on the use here as the phone itself doesn’t even have a storage option for the stylus.

Few screen shots of the menus

GearDiary Unboxing the Sprint Samsung Instinct

Favorites menu…no I’m not that boring just haven’t customized yet.

GearDiary Unboxing the Sprint Samsung Instinct

Main menu

GearDiary Unboxing the Sprint Samsung Instinct

Fun Menu

GearDiary Unboxing the Sprint Samsung Instinct

Web Menu

GearDiary Unboxing the Sprint Samsung Instinct

Dedicated Back, Home and Phone buttons.

GearDiary Unboxing the Sprint Samsung Instinct

Cool little drop down menu that displays various information regarding the phone, most importantly battery percentage and network.

After a about an hour or so with the Instinct, I am now confident that Apple is no longer holding on to my electronic heart, it has been quite an experience between utilizing the Navigation features and bouncing around the menus. At the $129.99 price point it was hard to pass up this deal, and being that I have a family plan the $129.99 monthly for 1500 minutes and unlimited everything is another great selling point as I am now hearing that AT&T is no longer going to include any Text messages on their iPhone plans, but then again they always surprise us. As I said before anyone wanting to pick up an Instinct should definitely try to go the Best Buy(they have exclusive rights until August) route as you get the rebates instantly as long as you are either a new customer or upgrade eligible. A full review of the Samsung Instinct should follow after I have had enough time to really dive into the features and options.

The Samsung Instinct is available from the Sprint Retail Stores and Best Buy.
MSRP: $449.99 dropped to $129.99 after rebates for eligible buyers.
What I Like: Price Point
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About the Author

Adrian Leibas
Adrian is 28 years old and lives in Newark, Ohio with his wife Katie, 14-month old son Cooper, and two cats Tyson & Samar. He is a claims adjuster for State Farm Auto Insurance, and he has also worked in their systems department. He was a computer science major at Mt. Vernon Nazarene University, where he also played baseball. He quickly realized that he did not like writing code or script, which is why he changed both majors and schools, graduating from Franklin University with a BS in Business and minor in HR Management. Adrian has been a gadget enthusiast as far back as he can remember, and his wife might say that he spends more time in Best Buy than he does with her. In his spare time he likes to spend time with his new little family, reading, watching baseball, and assistant coaching on his high school varsity baseball team. He is also in the process of deciding if he is ready for the transition from PC to Mac, as he's sure many of you can relate.