updated 03:25 pm EDT, Wed April 2, 2008
Instinct from CTIA
Sprint unveiled the Samsung Instinct phone at CTIA 2008 on Tuesday, which is very close in appearance and function to Apple's iPhone. Unlike the iPhone, the Instinct's touchscreen features vibration feedback that replicates physical button presses. Common features between the two include a 2-megapixel camera and full-size headphone jack. Samsung added assisted GPS support, voice commands, and a USB tethering mode for data as well as microSD card storage. No prices are announced yet, but shipments start in June.
In our first experiences of the Instinct, we've learned that the device uses a custom operating system developed jointly between Samsung and Sprint; the interface isn't strictly a reference design borrowed from European and Korean phones. However, the Instinct also lacks an accelerometer, which prevents it from auto-rotating the image if the phone is tilted on its side.