Man, the Instinct? I'm sorry to hear that...
...and I'm not trying to be mean, but... that's just a dumbphone in smartphone's clothing. It sounds nice, but when it really comes to the tasks that make a smartphone a smartphone
, the Instinct doesn't succeed.
I guess the definition of "smartphone" isn't really set in stone, but I'd say a smartphone is a phone which can synchronize data (contacts, notes, pictures, music, etc.) with your desktop apps. It also has to be able to surf the internet and play media, and it has to have a good and open SDK.
The Instinct uses... Java, pretty much through and through... and sadly, this makes just about ALL of the Instinct apps largely un-advantageous over apps for a Motorola Razr, or any of the billions of epic stupidphones out there. In addition, it has no means of syncing information with a desktop - and that alone kills it's "smartphone" status, IMO.
Now, the T-Mobile G1 is a pretty cool phone. I was considering it VERY seriously, especially after seeing some of it's applications demonstrated to me. I liked the GPS feature (in Google Maps it would show your current position as a blinking dot - like on the iPhone) and all of the apps would work just perfectly with my Google Account and what-have-you.
Unfortunately, I have a Sprint PPC-6700 (HTC Apache), and I hate
horizontal slide-out keyboards. Being that the PPC-6700 is an OLD WinMo device (it's about two years old), I've been in the market for a new smartphone which I'd like to have a full, front-facing, vertical QWERTY keyboard.
I briefly flirted with the Palm Treo Pro, and I have to say, that is hands-down the best
Windows Mobile smartphone I have ever seen, done, or imagined. It's got some nice software on it, for example, Palm licensed the HTC task manager which replaces the moronic "OK" button (the button in Windows Mobile which you use to close programs, only it doesn't actually close them, it leaves them running in the background - yes, Microsoft, that was a brilliant idea for a mobile device with extremely limited CPU and memory*) with a drop-down that allows you to FULLY EXIT running applications. It also came with a tabbed, multi-protocol IM client, Live Search from Microsoft, and Windows Live from Microsoft (it synced your contacts and calendar with your Windows Live stuff online).
Despite the neat bundle of software, the thing that attracted me to the Treo Pro was it's speed and responsiveness. Beyond the few and useful bundled applications, the Treo Pro was bare. It had no bloatware, and (other than the HTC task manager) had no "shell improvements" to Windows Mobile, like the unresponsive TouchFLO 3D interface from HTC or the Tiles interface from Sony Ericsson.
It's also sexy as balls. It's almost exactly the same size as the iPhone, but actually has a smaller footprint (the iPhone is more exactly rectangular, while the Treo Pro kinda shaves the corners off just a bit). It's shiny black, the (touch sensitive!) screen is flush with the sides, making it sexier and easier to clean. It's got WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, 320x320 pixel touchscreen... I mean, the thing is feature packed, dead sexy, and it's fast
. When do those qualities ever align in a phone running Windows Mobile? Not often, I can tell you...
I'm enduring with a Sanyo SCP-200 (a dumbphone of epic proportions) for the time being.