Given that the Samsung Instinct is Sprint's flashiest, most hyped device ever, has received mainly good reviews since it launched a week ago, and was priced at a bargain basement $129 on contract, this shouldn't come as much of a surprise. Sprint sent out word this morning that Instinct's broken all sorts of sales records in its first week on the shelves, and word around the InterWeb is that the handset is sold out all over the place.
?We had high expectations going into the launch so our initial order to Samsung was the largest for any Sprint EVDO handset to date,? said John Garcia, President of Sprint's Wireless Division. ?The strong early response tells us that wireless customers recognize Instinct as a highly-innovative and convenient touch-screen device combined with the fast speeds available on the largest national mobile broadband network. In the first few days of availability, many Instinct devices were purchased by existing customers upgrading their wireless device ? we thank our customers for their endorsement of this device, our Simply Everything pricing plan and our company.?
If you're interested, I've posted about three thousand minutes worth of video detailing Instinct's workings (okay, slight exagguration ... but only slight). A full written review is forthcoming, but in a nutshell Instinct is a very good device with excellent GPS and voice command features and solid media capabilities. The Web browser and messaging are lacking a bit, but if you're on Sprint and can live without Mobile IM, that $129 price tag must be lookin' awful nice right about now.