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Samsung launches 3G'ed Instinct; iPhone rival is real threat

The Samsung Instinct will get heads turning, not least because of its close resemblance to Apple's iConic mobile phone; they look like twins separated at birth.

The Korean manufacturer's phone however it slightly thinner than the iPhone; Gizmodo (opens in new tab) and Product-reviews (opens in new tab) call it the first decent iPhone competitor and it is easy to see why.

First it is a 3G mobile phone, which means that you can now surf the internet at neck breaking speeds, something that the iPhone is conspicuously incapable of at the moment; perhaps the Instinct will provide with the proverbial kick.

It has a much larger touchscreen (3.1 inch, 240x432 pixels) compared to its other non-iPhone competitors and it features an Apples-que Tilt Navigation control.

Then it costs only $300 (that's £150) which is nearly half the price of the iPhone and it will be available worldwide; two more cookie points for the Apple Phone competitor.

Although the iPhone comes with a much higher storage capacity, the Instinct supports EV-DO Rev A and true GPS and offers a 2.0MP camera with recorder.

But the two finger zoom-in, zoom-out won't work on the phone and you can't use more than one finger to input data on there... Ouch.

The phone is currently available in the US on the Sprint Network for a monthly $100 monthly subscription fee.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.