A few weeks ago, Samsung was kind enough to send us an Intercept for review. While it may not be of Galaxy S caliber, it’s not intended to be. Rather, it’s more so aimed at the feature phone crowd – those who want something more powerful than a feature phone, but maybe not all the bells and whistles of a high-end smartphone. We spoke (unofficially) with Samsung about what other phones they think people will cross-shop the Intercept to, and they agreed its target is something like the enV Touch.
You see, Samsung has so far posted 2 SPS TV (Samsung TV) videos of their hosts showcasing the Captivate and the Vibrant, with video post dates coinciding with the official phone release dates:
EVO 4G is notorious for its battery problems - they've been plaguing the phone since before it even came out. I personally don't think the battery life is too drastically different from the Hero, for instance, but it's still pretty bad. Chances are that if you want to last through the day, you won't.
A rumor is going around, supposedly confirmed by multiple sources within Sprint, that the Sprint's infamous SERO employee referral plan is going to start accepting Android and WebOS phones come October 1st. It is currently not possible to use these devices if you belong to SERO; this has been a long-standing woe of many SERO users wanting a piece of the Android action.
While financial information may be a little outside the norm at AndroidPolice, this piece is pretty relevant. Deutsche Bank reiterated its “Buy” rating on Sprint this morning, based on Q2 expectations. The relevant part of their explanation:
If you’re the kind of person who isn’t exactly careful with their phone, or needs it to be usable in extreme conditions, you’re in luck. Sprint has just announced it will begin shipping the Motorola i1, the first push-to-talk Android phone, from their online store and telesales starting July 25, and from all other channels on August 8.
The phone meets military specifications for dust, shock, vibration, and rain, so it will certainly be able to handle anything you can throw at it (or anything you throw it against.) Nothing has changed since its launch on Boost Mobile last month, but here’s a refresher on its specs, now that the device is hitting one of the four major carriers:
- 5 megapixel camera with LED flash
- Swype, Opera Mini 5, and Touiteur pre-installed
- Android 1.5 with MOTOBLUR
- 600 MHz processor
- 3.1” screen
- Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth
Clearly, the fact that it is running Android 1.5 is a huge downside, but that shouldn’t matter to the market the phone is aimed at.
Remember the 3-click SimpleRoot app that brought full root, including permanently unlocking NAND (that's something unrevoked doesn't do), to your EVO 4G? I sure do, as that's exactly how I rooted my EVO. However, If you applied the latest god forsaken EVO OTA, you may have found that that version of SimpleRoot no longer worked.
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.
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.
Because it was previously leaked, today's announcement of 7 new metropolitan areas lighting up with Sprint's 4G signal didn't quite come as a surprise. Still, we want to congratulate Sprint users who will now be able to enjoy 4G speeds in these areas:
- Rochester, NY
- Syracuse, NY
- Merced, CA
- Visalia, CA
- Eugene, OR
- Tri-Cities (Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland), WA
- Yakima, WA
With the 7 new additions, Sprint's 4G coverage now includes 43 markets.
Is Samsung’s Epic 4G (otherwise known as the Galaxy S Pro) too hot for you to handle? Not to worry, because the Samsung Intercept is up for pre-order right now from Sprint’s EVP site for discount customers at just $99.99 after rebate on a 2 year contract.
According to the page, the ‘regular’ price of the Intercept is shown at $349.99, although it’s not been confirmed what the actual price will be for customers buying the phone in store.