“The parade of iPhone lookalikes continues. Soon after Apple announced the first iPhone a year ago, factories in Asia, at the behest of U.S. phone carriers, were asked to respond to the sleek, touch-screen device. Some already have reached America; more are coming,” Walter S. Mossberg repots or The Wall Street Journal.
“The latest to arrive is the Samsung Instinct, to be introduced by Sprint on June 20. I’ve been testing the Instinct, and while it isn’t a bad phone and has some features the Apple product lacks, it’s no match for the iPhone,” Mossberg reports. “The manufacturers haven’t replicated the iPhone’s greatest strength: beautiful, powerful, breakthrough software.”
MacDailyNews Take: Samsung’s Instinct doesn’t even offer Wi-Fi. Yes, you read that right.
Mossberg continues, “I don’t do full reviews of products until I have tested them extensively, but my first impressions of the 3G iPhone are largely positive. The price of the new iPhone’s base model, which comes with 8 gigabytes of memory, is $199, a 50% price cut from the comparable first-generation model. Yet, it now works on AT&T’s fastest data network, promising anywhere from two to five times the speed of its predecessor. It also has GPS for tracking your location, and fully supports over-the-air synchronization of email, contacts and calendars — through Microsoft Exchange in corporations or via a similar new consumer service from Apple called MobileMe. And you’ll be able to download directly to the phone a whole universe of third-party programs, from productivity software to games.”
“While the Instinct is a touch-screen device, it lacks the iPhone’s ‘multi-touch’ system, which includes features that recognize multiple fingers and gestures, and allows actions like shrinking a photo by ‘pinching’ it. The touch system on the Instinct is more like that on an ancient ATM than a cutting-edge gadget,” Mossberg reports. “…Physically, the Instinct looks a lot like the iPhone — a dark slab without a physical keyboard or many buttons dominated by a large screen. It’s a bit longer and thicker than the iPhone, but a tad narrower and lighter. Its screen is smaller than the iPhone’s and has lower resolution… [The Instinct also] comes with just one-quarter of the memory the base iPhone includes… It’s no iPhone.”
Read the full review here.
Samsung and Sprint should be ashamed. As our own SteveJack wrote back in April: “It’s the same old, same old in an iPhone-inspired wrapper… You can judge the distance behind and overall cluelessness of iPhone’s future roadkill by the amount they copy the iPhone’s exterior… The question I’m left with for [all] of these companies rolling out imitation iPhones this year is: Exactly how stupid do you think your customers are?”