The slope to my Intercept
Today I am going to share with you a brief review of my new cell phone, the Samsung Intercept, or ‘Mr. M910’, as the other mobile phones sometimes call it.
I’ve been using the phone for about two weeks now and overall I am very happy, but that could just be because I had been in a rut without internet on my phone and I missed it terribly.
As you can see, the phone is not a super-sleek hotshot phone. It isn’t the top of the line, but it is a great phone for the price.
So, since CNET and other sites have spent time calling out all the technical specs and such, I will just share a few comments about what using this phone it really like.
But for those comments and to see the phone naked (i.e. without its case on), you will need to dive into the next page!
There it is, in all its glory.
So, after two weeks, what sticks out about using this phone?
- The OS is slow, you frequently have to wait for the phone to catch up with the commands you give it. Definitely download the Free Advanced Task Killer app if you use this phone.
- The 3.2MP camera has no flash and is not able to shoot clear pictures unless the phone and subject are nearly stationary.
- Switching from any task over to using the camera is intuitive and easy, making it easy to use the phone as your regular camera.
- After market screen protectors and phone cases are readily available on Amazon. They are cheap and work well. I bought a phone case and a set of five screen covers for under $5, including S&H
- Speakphone is nice and loud
- The keyboard! Oh, the keyboard. I really like having a QWERTY keyboard on my phone in addition to the touch screen. It does limit the sleek factor, but it speeds up my typing a lot. This keyboard is spacious, but the keys do not protrude as much as I think would be ideal for quick typing. Also, the arrangement is a bit odd; I find myself hitting the space-bar a lot instead of ‘b’, and the ‘m’ key is tucked too far out of the way.
- Of course, Android 2.1 has loads of cool features and makes the handset a pleasure to us, but any Android 2.1 phone would have those benefits, so I will not go into them here.
I will just leave you with one more glamor shot of the phone.
In regards to the OS, is it frustratingly slow or do you get used to it? I am also a Sprint user and am looking to potentially acquire the HTC Hero. The reviews say that the OS has some lag time as well and I do not want to be regularly waiting forever for the phone catch up.
Great question. At times it is frustrating, you know, when you’re quickly trying to get a phone number or something. For the most part the delays are when I am wasting time on the phone playing games or the like, so a few seconds delay is not bad. The delay really is never more than a couple of seconds, and the phone prioritizes phone calls over other activities, so I have never had any issue with that.
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