Is Samsung's Wallet-Busting Instinct HD Worth The Price Tag?


Samsung and Sprint on Thursday revealed specs and pricing for Samsung Instinct HD, the latest in Samsung's line of Instinct phones and one that adds a high-definition, 5-megapixel video camera to the equation. Sprint will be the carrier, and at first glance, the only major downside is price: At $249.99, Samsung HD is a pretty penny, and that's after a two-year contract and a $100 mail-in rebate with Sprint.

According to Samsung and Sprint, Instinct HD will be available through Best Buy on Sept. 27, and will be available through other Samsung retail channels and online by Oct. 11.

The Instinct HD has a 3.2-inch, 320 x 480 touch screen, GPS, the 5-megapixel camera that can record 720p video and a TV-out connection that supports HD resolution with an HDMI adapter. The camera itself offers a timer and a number of modes (sports and sunset, for example).

The Instinct also includes Opera Mobile 9.7, Wi-Fi, an ambient light sensor and preloaded Twitter and Facebook apps, as well as Visual Voicemail, Sprint TV, Sprint Navigation, Bluetooth 2.0, SMS/MMS/Exchange messaging and a headphone jack.

"What sets Instinct HD apart even more is the ability to view those pictures and video on your HDTV or other HD-compatible monitor through the device's HDTV-out connection. These improvements raise the Instinct handset portfolio to a whole new level," said Omar Khan, senior vice president of strategy and product management for Samsung Mobile, in a statement.

Too pricey, Samsung and Sprint? It would seem so, especially because other major Sprint-carried smartphones, such as the Palm Pre, come considerably cheaper.

Would the HD capabilities make you give Instinct HD a spin, especially since you'd need an HDMI adapter to watch all those pretty videos on the TV? Let us know with a comment in the ChannelWeb Connect community.