Samsung Intrepid SPH-i350
The Samsung Intrepid SPH-i350 made its foray into the market as Sprint's first Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone. Intrepid is Samsung's follow up to the Samsung Ace. However, it is an upgraded version of its predeccesor having being blessed with a touchscreen, a larger QWERTY keypad, a great camera and Windows Mobile 6.5. The phone does well as a messaging device and can surely serve as an alternative to the Tour if one desires a touchscreen phone.
The Samsung Intrepid is larger than the Ace and also feels much lighter. The dimensions of the device are 4.88 x 2.44 x 0.53 inches and it weighs about 91 grams. It is also wide thereby offering more space for the keyboard. The keys are also larger than in the Ace which facilitates ease in typing.
The standard navigational cluster is present on the top of the keyboard. The navigation keys are a little hard to use as they are very close to each other. The front portion of the phone is dominated by the 2.5inches QVGA display. As the back of the phone is not textured it tends to slip out of hand.
The Intrepid comes with a 3.2MP camera and camcorder that can be used to capture special moments. The outdoor photos are sharp and detailed but the colors do not appear as good. Although the photograps appear quite decent fancy things cannot be expected out of the camera that does not offer zoom features.
The Intrepid SPH i350 offers a host of features which include a 2.5 inches touchscreen, QWERTY keypad, MP3 player, stereo Bluetooth, Windows Mobile 6.5 OS and many more. A feature that deserves special mention is the TellMe voice recognition applcation. It opens up a web page if the user throws up a search term. It also connects calls to people when directed by voice.
Interface: The Samsung SPH-i350 Intrepid runs on the Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system. It offers a great visual overhaul that starts with the homescreen featuring a list of items like messaging, calendar, multimedia and Internet explorer among others. Also the start menu has been altered. It cannow be customised according to the user preference.
Phone Book: The phone book capacity depends on the system memory. Multiple numbers can be assigned to each contacts. Besides, the contacts can also be assigned ring IDs and picture IDs.
The 2.5 inches display screen is one of the best features of the phone. It has a pixel resolution of 320x240 pixels but the pictures are comparatively sharper and clearer than what similar resolution usually offers. The touchscreen is quite responsive and accurate.
Keypad and Controls
The bottom part of the Intrepid is dominated by the QWERTY keypad. Although it works well but the keys do no not have well defined boundaries requiring users to monitor their fingers as they are texting. The keys are very small and they do make dialing difficult. However, they are easy to read as they are printed in white. But again, the punctuation marks are a little difficult to see as they are in red.
The left side of the phone has a volume rocker and microUSB port. The right hand side features the power/sleep key, a dedicated camera button.
The Intrepid features an MP3 music player. The files suported are AAC, AAC+, WMA, MIDI. It comes with a dual band CDMA radio as well as a GSM radio. Voacal and speaker quality are pretty decent , crisp and loud. There is a small mono speaker on the handset's back part which generates pristine sound for ambient music listening experience.
The Intrepid supports all forms of communication namely SMS,MMS, POP, IMAP and Microsoft Exchange. The threaded message feature is also there. Email feature is really good as creating accounts is pretty easy and convenient. The email client also keeps different accounts well organized. Instant messengers are also supported which include AOL, windows Live, Yahoo Messenger.
The Intrepid uses the mobile version of the Windows Media Player for audio and video. Sprint TV, NFL Mobile, and NASCAR Mobile are also part of the Sprint entertainment package and hence included. The videos look really good. Sound quality on the external speakers is a bit low and using headphones is recommended.
However, the Media player needs a little more updating as the songs do not load properly. Also, Windows Mobile often is unable to locate certain tracks on the memory card as it is not organized well in the library.
The SPH-i350 offers support for Sprint's 3G network and also WiFi wireless network. Thus there are plenty of options for a speedy Web browsing experience. As it is a Windows Mobile based handset it includes the mobile version of the Internet Explorer and thus offers a fairly good browsing experience. Web pages load quickly and look good too. Support for Flas Lite is also provided.
It has a 256MB RAM and a 512MB ROM. It comes with a microSD slot that allows memory expansion.
Connectivity and Data
The Intrepid is a GSM Quad-band phone capable of global roaming (850/900/1800/1900 MHz). It also features CDMA dual band (800/1900 MHz) . For data transfer the Intrepid uses the EVDO Rev from Sprint. It features Stereo Bluetooth with A2DP support. It offers support for WiFi and EDGE technologies.
Usability & Performance
The Samsung SPH-i350 Intrepid performs reasonably well. The sound quality of the phone is good. However, the background noises interfere with conversations. The phone's battery offers 6hours of talktime which is a great offering for a CDMA phone. The stand-by time of the battery is also decent.
Samsung SPH-i350 Intrepid Phone Specifications
- Weight: 91 g
- Width: 124 mm
- Height: 62 mm
- Thickness: 13 mm
- Display size: 2.55"
- Announced: 2009, March
- Colors: Black
- Network: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - CDMA 800 / 1900 - 3G UMTS 2100 CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
- Screen Resolution: 320 x 240 pixels TFT resistive touchscreen with 65K colors
- Data: GPRS Class 10, EDGE Class 10, 3G Rev. 0, up to 153.2 Kbps, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP, USB v2.0 microUSB
- Memory: Internal phone storage 256 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM, microSD, up to 32GB
- Connectivity: USB v2.0 microUSB, Bluetooth 2.0
- Web Browser: WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML
- Media and Music: MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player, MP3/WMA/AAC+ player, Suppoerted (AAC, H.263, H.264, MP3, MPEG-4, WAV, eAAC+, WMA v10, MIDI, AAC+)
- Camera: 3.2 Megapixel Digital Camera
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
- Expansion Slot: microSD supports up to 32 GB microSD
- Tones: Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
- Software Features: Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional
- CPU: 528 MHz processor
- Other Features: QWERTY Keyboard , Voice Recognition, Embedded JAVA™ Games, Scheduler, Stop watch
- US Sar Values: Head: 1.20, Body: 0.59
- Battery: Li-Ion 1480 mAh
- Talk Time: up to 360 mins
- Standby: up to 300 hours
Pros & Cons
- Large and bright touchscreen
- Good battery life
- Decent camera
- TellMe works well
- Keyboard is below average
- Performance is average
- Hard to grip
There is nothing wrong really with the Samsung Intrepid SPH-i350. However, it doesn't do much to please us. It is more of a ‘middle of the road' kind of device. It serves as a kind of launch pad for the Windows Mobile 6.5 and apart from this it does not offer anything to generate enough interest.
With its slightly above average looks and average performance there is not much reason to go for this phone apart from the attractive price. However, an application that deserves special mention is the TellMe which performs really well.