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Samsung Intrepid

The Samsung Intrepid debuted at CTIA Fall 2009 and is Sprint's first Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone. It is available now for $149.99 with a two-year contract.
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Out with the old, in with the new

The Samsung Intrepid replaces the older Samsung Ace. Aside from Windows Mobile 6.5, the smartphone brings a touch screen, a larger keyboard, and a better camera.
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Samsung Intrepid vs. Samsung BlackJack II

The Intrepid's design is similar to the company's other slate QWERTY devices, such as the Samsung BlackJack II pictured on the right.
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Wide load

At 4.6 inches tall by 2.59 inches wide by 0.51 inch thick, the Samsung Intrepid is on the wider side so it'll make for a tight fit in a pants pocket.
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Right side

On the right side of the phone, you'll find the power button, camera activation/capture key, and stylus.
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Touch screen

The Intrepid features a slightly larger screen than the BlackBerry Tour and HTC Snap, measuring 2.5 inches diagonally. With a QVGA resolution (320x240), it's not quite as sharp as the Tour's display, but it does offer the advantage of being a touch screen.
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One-handed navigation

In addition to the touch screen, you can use the navigation controls below the display for easy one-handed operation. We did miss having a dedicated back button, however.
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Keyboard

The Samsung Intrepid boasts a spacious keyboard with large buttons and a nice tactile feedback--not too stiff, not too clicky. Our only complaint is that they feel a bit cheap.
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World phone

The Intrepid is a world phone, working on Sprint's CDMA network domestically and switching to compatible GSM networks when traveling overseas. Sprint ships the smartphone with a SIM card, but it's unlocked so you can swap it out for an international SIM card.
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Camera

The camera gets a nice upgrade from the Samsung Ace's 1.3-megapixel sensor to 3.2 megapixels and offers a healthy set of editing options, such as five shooting modes, ISO settings, white balance controls, and auto focus.
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Decent picture quality

We were impressed with the picture quality. Photos were sharp and in focus, and though we would have liked a little more richness in color, we were satisfied overall.
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