While this handset didn’t receive as much fanfare as its predecessor, it’s still a decent upgrade for those who are currently on Sprint. Is it worth switching carriers? Well, that’s entirely up to you but we’re thinking it might be smarter to hold off for, oh we don’t know, the Palm Pre perhaps. If you were a big fan of the original Instinct and your calendar is full of giant red X marks however, today is your day. For $129.99 with a two-year contract and mail-in-rebate, this slim touchscreen phone can be yours. The S30 is much like its older sibling but Samsung has trimmed a lot of the fat and made the UI a little more user friendly. The glitches and bugs that plagued the first Instinct should be ironed out now as well. If you were looking to upgrade, now would be the time — but before you rush out to the Sprint store, you might want to check out Best Buy first if you’re planning to snag one along with an Everything Plan.
The slightly smaller, sleeker successor to the Samsung Instinct is hitting Sprint retail stores on April 19th and it looks like Best Buy might be besting Sprint’s offer. With a two-year contract and $100 mail-in-rebate, the S30 will be retailing for $129.99 from Sprint but the pictured flyer shows Best Buy dropping $80 from that price. Of course, if you read the fine print it says that you’ll need an Everything Plan with data — something that Sprint retail stores won’t be requiring for its purchase. The way we see it, if you’re planning on grabbing one of these phones next week, you may as well get the Everything Plan and pick up the phone for less. With a device like this, you’re going to want unlimited data and all that jazz anyway.
We apologize for the delay in getting some sexy CTIA news coming your way but technical difficulties — ie, relying on an AT&T USB modem for connectivity — have been a bit of a road block. No matter… Welcome to AMOLED world, aka Samsung’s CTIA booth this year. As you can see from the giant AMOLED sculpture-thingamajig welcoming visitors to the Samsung booth, Sammy is making it a point to let us know that it means business when it comes to handset displays. And it does, by the way, mean business. Samsung has a handful of handsets on display and the common theme among more current models is a big, bright, gorgeous AMOLED touchscreens. Hit the jump to see some highlights plucked from Samsung’s line up.
A sleeker and more compact version of the Samsung Instinct is coming, so grab your camping gear and find your nearest Sprint retailer. Or not. An official picture of the Instinct S30 — or what many thought to be the Instinct Mini, though it looks like that was just an internal name used on some Sprint documents — has slipped out from Samsung so one would have to imagine that it’ll be hitting stores pretty soon. The original Instinct was relatively solid except for the sometimes-troublesome battery door, so we’re hoping this one will be built like a rock. Of course, when the Instinct first arrived its main competitor was the iPhone, but now it will have to contend with the second and then third generation Jesus-phone as well as Sprint’s own Palm Pre. Sprint will have to be aggressive with marketing this handset, but please… No more cheesy “save-the-day” or “find-a-husband” Instinct commercials.
The Samsung Instinct Mini — now reportedly designated the S30 — has been photographed yet again, this time in a hit or miss copper getup. According to new reports the “Mini” designation may have been tossed, perhaps due to the fact that the phone isn’t really all that mini. Pretty odd though, considering we’ve seen it referred to as the “Instinct Mini” on several Sprint documents. Regardless, the Instinct’s new sidekick will apparently also be available in blue along with copper and graphite, as was revealed back when we scooped the April 19th release date. Hit the jump for a second blurry snapshot.