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Samsung Instinct M800 review

5.2/10 AVG.

  • Samsung Instinct M800
  • Samsung Instinct M800

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The Samsung Instinct M800 currently has an Informr score of 5.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 44 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

It used to be relatively easy to review a new phone. You would mention the super-duper 1.3MP camera, the external screen, and that it could make phone calls.

Ahh, but the game has changed, has it not? Now we have sleek touchscreens, sophisticated haptic keyboards, interesting and fun UI’s, and so on.

In other words, at some point reviewing phones became a real good time. I’m having fun. You?

So it is with the Samsung Instinct. This is another in a series of anxiously awaited devices, and like the HTC Touch, it does not disappoint.

The Instinct is a sleek powerhouse capable of satisfying the cell phone shopper of today. It has all the necessary ingredients, including a full and true touchscreen fascia, 3G speeds, 2.0MP camera and video recorder, able to send your email directly to your phone, haptic feedback to add certainty and assuredness to your every touch, etc.

This phone is what cell phones have become: powerful, easy-to-use devices that no longer insult the buyer with silly interfaces or low-end resolution screens.

While many touchscreens compare themselves to the iPhone, you must keep in mind that there is more to it than just the touchscreen. The Instinct’s drawback, one of only a few, is a “rough and go” browser experience, due in part because it simply does not have the same engine as the iPhone. Also, in trying to achieve a small form factor, the Instinct became so small that typing becomes cramped and challenging at times.

Still and all, If you are like many phone shoppers looking for a powerful touchscreen phone, you simply must include this on your list.

Operating system
Screen Size
2+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...


The problems on the device stem largely from the software that runs on it, not from the hardware.

- Michael Oryl, MobileBurn

To call the Samsung Instinct an iPhone knockoff would be an understatement of grotesque proportions. Seriously: Even the packaging looks like it came straight outta Cupertino. With its buttonless face and black monolithic look, the all-touchscreen Instinct is immediately familiar: It's virtually th...

- Christopher Null, Wired

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Common Questions

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Samsung backs up the Instinct M800 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Instinct M800 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Samsung support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Samsung's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

The Samsung Instinct M800's screen size is 3.2 inches with x pixels resolution.


There is a processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

32 MB

Internal memory is 32 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 8 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1000 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 9 days standby time.

Instinct M800 Specs

Release date January 12, 2008
Regions available USA, Canada
1xRTT, EV-DO Rev. A
Mobile / Cellular Data
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Internal Storage 32 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.46 W/kg
Body: 1.22 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1000 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 9 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.5 x 5.3 x 1.2 cm (4.5 x 2.1 x 0.5 in)
Weight 102 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 3.2 inches
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 1000
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 8 GB)
PC Synchronization No
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
2+ megapixels
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
QVGA (320 x 240 pixels), 15 fps
Front Camera
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung M800, Samsung SPH-M800

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