Sprint Samsung Intrepid hands-on

Here was the big surprise today! The Sprint Samsung Intrepid is basically the Jack but for CDMA.

  • Windows Mobile 6.5
  • 3.2MP camera
  • Tell Me voice control
  • 320x240
  • aGPS/GPS
  • 3.5mm (on top)

The keyboard was pretty good on it, though there is no space between the keys, so it is a bit cramped. The screen is a bit odd at that resolution, but it seems to work. The Start menu has four rows, allowing it a lot to fit on the screen.

The device was speedy to use and seemed like a nice middle of the road front-facing QWERTY device. Will it beat out a Treo Pro? Tough call, but I do like the minimalist look of the Treo Pro better. Still, this seems like a compelling device and Samsung has been quite successful with this line so far.

This particular Windows phone will be available Oct. 11 on Sprint.

More pics after the jump!




Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • why isnt tellme in the marketplace?
  • No one knows yet. Perhaps it awaiting approval, like many other apps, or maybe MS is only building it in ROMs for specific devices. Will just have to wait and see.
  • that is one sexy phone! I want it! Glad to hear that it has 3.5 mm jack too.
  • "basically the Jack but for CDMA" I'd say WM 6.5 Pro (vs. the Jack's 6.1 Standard) is a pretty big difference!
  • 6.5 vs 6.1 really isn't that big of a difference. Plus, now that the Jack is slated for an (official) 6.5 upgrade, Mal's statement is going to be even more valid.
  • But you still have the Professional-Standard disparity. Major Difference.
  • How big is the battery on this baby?!
  • 1480 mAh which should pretty well.
  • I'd say the Intrepid compares more to the Epix than to the Jack. Windows Mobile 6.5 Standard should've been named Windows Mobile 6.1.1. There's no way anyone will mistake a Jack running that so called version 6.5 from the Intrepid, which runs the Professional 6.5 - the real deal. I actually like the Intrepid a lot. A new QWERTY-bar WinMo Professional device with every key and button needed to make touchscreen use optional is like hardware nirvana to me. That said, Sprint = no signal in my house and many other places I go so I'm not getting this device.
  • Does this use the Samsung proprietary power jack or micro usb? Thanks.
  • is there autofocus in camera to make closeups?
  • I don't think so, but not 100% either. When we do a full review we'll look into that.
  • yes does it have mico, mini usb or Samsung crap jack? Is the screen physically larger than the Treo 800w?
  • Sorry, didn't get to check the plug. Only had the phone in hand for a short while (Microsoft demo unit); but we'll probably have a full review on the phone soon. The screen is 2.5" on both Treo Pro and Intrepid, but the Intrepid has less resolution/pixels since it is 320x240.
  • No front-facing camera on this device?
    Status/notifications LED?
  • yes just like the jack but.. it is touch screen, i know its wm pro but Mal should of at least mentioned it
  • It's micro usb (I know I'm two + months late)