Samsung has been very good to us lately – yesterday, I came home to find the (pink) Intercept on my doorstep, and today they delivered a Captivate to Chris (yea, I got the short end of that stick.) This may not be the crown jewel in Samsung’s collection, but it serves as a phone for the masses.

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It’s funny (but not surprising) to see Android moving down the phone spectrum – or rather, maybe Android is just keeping its spot and the hardware has caught up to it. Either way, this is interesting in that it’s the first Android phone that I see as being targeted at the featurephone crowd. The specs match that target:

  • 3.2” 240 x 400 px LCD display
  • 4 row slide-out QWERTY keypad
  • Android 2.1
  • Samsung S3C6410 ARM 11 CPU @ 800 MHz
  • 512 MB ROM, 256 MB RAM
  • 3.2 MP Camera (with video)
  • 802.11g, Bluetooth (2.1), headphone jack
  • 2 GB microSD card in the box, support for up to 32 GB
  • EV-DO rev. 0 (slower than EV-DO rev. A)


I owned an enV Touch (enV-T) before my EVO, and I’d have to say this is a very similar device. The enV-T certainly had a better screen (twice as many pixels at 480x800), but at the same time, it was resistive, so you really had to press on it to get it to register. The capacitive touchscreen on the Sammy is a joy to use in comparison. The keyboard on the Intercept is squishy, while the enV’s was clicky; typing on each device is a very different experience, but I’m going to wait until the full review to elaborate.

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The build quality is typical Samsung – solid as a whole, with some minor niggles (the backplate is somewhat flimsy and a pain to get off – I actually thought it might be broken, but when it finally did snap off it flew 3 feet away). The slider feels on the lower end of average – not awful, but definitely not top-of-the-line. The phone is light (especially compared to the EVO), and fits nicely in the hand. As a whole, the quality feels good, despite the low weight.


Initially, compared to my EVO, using this phone was a big step down; for my girlfriend, compared to her enV 3, it was a big step up. After I played with it for a few hours, though, I adjusted to losing some screen real estate (and pixel density) in exchange for gaining a keyboard. Now that I’ve adjusted, I’m content with this phone, and I imagine most people in the target demographic will be as well.

I’ll go into more detail in the full review, but the software isn’t nearly as powerful as what you’ll find in higher-end phones (although it’s still much better than the proprietary stuff you’ll find on most featurephones, such as the enV-T).


All things considered, thus far I’m certainly content with the Intercept. Check back next week for the full review – I’ll be running benchmarks, comparisons between this, the EVO, and the enV Touch, and (figuratively) tearing the phone apart. (I may also spraypaint it black - I don’t know how they expect me to use a metallic pink phone all week).

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Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • http://www.freebieshark.com Daily Freebies

    How's the battery life on this?

    • Aaron Gingrich

      Great so far. I think I'll probably make it through nearly two days of use that falls at the high end of moderate.

  • Tom

    no keyboard pictures?

    • Aaron Gingrich

      Stupid thing to overlook on my part, eh? Sorry about that. I'll post some up with the review, which should go up on Monday or Tuesday.

  • Ashley

    aye it looks so nice i think ill be gettin this! :3 with longer battery life this would be a 5 star phone!

  • Timothy

    Worst phone I have ever owned in my life. Battery lasts about 2 hours max on a good day. That’s with normal use and wifi off. This is the 3rd Intercept I have exchanged and they are all terrible.

    Very slow processor and very unresponsive. Locks up constantly and has to be rebooted. This phone shouldn’t even be considered a smart phone or in the category with other droids. It is pretty sad when you have to recharge your phone every 2 hours throughout the day just to use it.

    I have owned $7.00 cell phones that worked better than the Intercept. Also I can’t count how many times this phone has just turned itself off in the middle of a call with a full battery. All 3 of my Intercepts have done that, so I know it’s a common problem with this phone and not just the one that I own.

    Sometimes you have to push a button 3 or 4 times before it responds. When you slide or drag the window there is always a delay and it stops constantly. This phone has the worst internal storage and memory around. At least half of the apps from the Droid market malfunction on this phone. On a normal day this phone will freeze up on me anywhere from 5-15 times, to the point that I have to open the back to take the battery out before I can restart.

    I really wanted to like this phone, but as it turns out, it’s by far the worst phone I’ve ever used. To say it is frustrating is an understatement. The problem is its poor response. Frequently during daily use it is unresponsive. Especially after a phone call. It might take up to twenty seconds for the controls to respond. This is not acceptable!

    I am a certified computer technician. I work on and repair all makes and models of computers. I embrace technology and understand it. But I will never understand this phone! I have no interest in “rooting” it either. It should just work….but it does not. And please don’t tell me I have “too many programs installed.” I don’t have any. In fact, I’ve done a hard reset on this phone-twice-running only the factory installed programs and STILL it is totally unresponsive.

    I also find no correlation between what is running in the background and how the phone behaves. Every time I use the device I clear out whatever programs I’m not using at the moment. But it seems this does not make a difference. The phone has a mind of its own and it will behave any way it wants to, RAM or no RAM

    If you go to cnet reviews you will see that over 80% of all the genuine reviews for this phone have 1 star or less. Samsung should be sued and should be put out of business for passing off a phone as bad as this to the consumer. BUYER BEWARE: If you do buy this phone it only comes with a 30 day warranty and everything will work great until the second month you own it……..TOTAL DISAPPOINTMENT

    I regret buying this phone. But I’ll keep it until my carrier comes out with another model that I like, then I’m gonna just trash the Intercept. I don’t have the heart to sell it to someone else.”

    Pros: makes a good paperweight.

  • Amanda

    I used to have a Samsung Moment and i loved it, is it near the same quality or size?