By Chuong Nguyen | July 16, 2010 6:31 AM
In this video, we take a look at the successor to the Samsung Moment, the Samsung Intercept, for Sprint. The budget Android 2.1 device features a 3.2-inch WQVGA TFT LCD touchscreen display, sliding QWERTY keyboard with great tactile keyboard, and an 800 MHz processor–placing it higher than some mid-range devices like the HTC Aria but lower than the 1 GHz CPU on the HTC EVO 4G. The device comes with a 2 GB microSD memory card, 512 MB ROM/256 MB RAM, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, and optical joystick.
The Intercept is an interesting device as it attempts to replace the Moment, which had a devout albeit niche following. In many ways, the Intercept is an improvement over its predecessor–it sports a more modern body that is compact, comfortable, and lightweight. However, there are some things that Samsung had cut out to make the device affordable at just under $100 with contract–a full $80 less than the original price that the Moment debuted at.
Some of those omissions include a lower resolution screen at WQVGA compared to the HVGA on the predecessor, LCD instead of AMOLED screen, and plastic rather than glass for the touchscreen. In use, however, you won’t be too bothered with some of these like the plastic instead of glass and LCD may be a better technology for outdoors use and readability under direct sunlight than AMOLED, but keen eyes may notice some pixelation on the screen with the lower resolution screen.
Additionally, rather than supporting the faster Sprint EV-DO Rev. A network, the Samsung Intercept only works on the slower 3G EV-DO Rev. 0 protocol. We’ll explore more about browsing speeds in the next video, but for now, budget conscious users have another great 3G-capable Android smartphone to choose. The Intercept packs a lot of punch and if you’re willing to compromise a little, the price may be just right for you. Great keyboard, a number of included Sprint apps and services for no additional subscription costs, GPS, good call quality and capable browser, as well as a good 3.2-megapixel camera all help to highlight the value of the device at just $99. The device is available in either steel grey or satin pink colors.
The Intercept ships with Android 2.1, though an upgrade to Android 2.2 should be available at some point in the future.