The Good The Samsung Intercept is a solid first foray for Virgin Mobile into Android territory. The phone brings with it a 3.2-megapixel camera, a great QWERTY keyboard, 32GB expandable memory, and the Android 2.1 OS.
The Bad Photo quality on the Intercept could be stronger, the screen could be larger, and the dimensions could be sleeker. We found the optical touch pad too small to be truly useful.
The Bottom Line The Samsung Intercept is one of the most advanced and priciest phones for Virgin Mobile, but it's an excellent addition to the carrier's lineup.
Samsung Intercept (Virgin Mobile)
Virgin Mobile USA has a handful of higher-end cell phones and smartphones on its prepaid roster, but the Samsung Intercept is the carrier's first Android offering. The Intercept is no stranger to the United States, having arrived three months before on its parent company, Sprint. Although the Intercept is an entry-level Android phone by all counts, it's one of the most advanced for Virgin's customers, and is a welcome addition to the carrier's pool of phones.
When we first got our hands-on view of Virgin Mobile's Intercept at CTIA Fall 2010, we joked that its hardware specs made it a phone of "32"--because it has a 3.2-inch screen, a 3.2 megapixel camera, and a 32GB expandable memory card slot. Like the Sprint model, the Intercept for Virgin Mobile comes with the usual Android treats such as integration with Google contacts and calendar, Google Maps with free turn-by-turn voice navigation, and the endless Android Market. What's lacking are the hardware touches that separate the entry-level, midrange, and high-end devices, like large, lush screens; speedy processors; and cameras starting at 5 megapixels. We do give Samsung kudos for instilling the Intercept with Android 2.1, and we hope Virgin Mobile USA updates it to Android 2.2 (Froyo).
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