Sprint Instinct HD Impressions: Shockingly Decent 720p Video Doesn't Save It

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The Instinct software feels pretty damn dated now, and the Instinct HD doesn't make it feel any fresher. But, the hardware is a deadly serious upgrade: It can shoot 720p HD video and 5MP photos, plus it finally has Wi-Fi.

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It's also got Opera MIni 9.7 off the bat, a capable, though not phenomenal browser, along with (crappy) apps for Facebook and Twitter, besides the usual Sprint stock: Navigation, Live TV, etc. Overall, the experience feels clunky and, far too often, frustratingly laggy.

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Why anyone would buy this $250 (or $200 at Best Buy) faux-smartphone over the much cheaper, more elegant, and just plain better Palm Pre or HTC Hero—which are real and excellent smartphones on Sprint—I don't know. The welcome addition 720p video isn't worth it, even if it is pretty decent vs. the Flip Ultra HD:

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Why is it only 1 mbps? I don't get that! Vimeo re-encodes at 2 mbps for HD. You should have uploaded the file DIRECTLY out of the phone to Vimeo, not re-encode it to VGA or something.