Face-to-face video calling is provided by a discreet secondary lower resolution camera above the display, but the main camera action is on the camera-like metal back panel. The 8Mp sensor has an automatic lens cover built in, ready to be fired up from the main menu or the dedicated camera button on the side.
On the opposite side of the phone, there are a Hold key and, above it, an application switcher. From standby, this pops up a small grid of six shortcut icons: call, music player, message, browser, main menu and back. At the bottom of the home screen there are four small buttons: keypad, phonebook, messages and menu.
The main feature is the 8Mp autofocus snapper
Like the Tocco, there’s an arrowed tab to the side of the display. Tap that, and a separate vertical tool bar pops out. This contains Samsung’s widgets – a selection of mini apps and functions that you can drag from the toolbar onto the main portion of the screen. Multiple widgets can be pulled over and rearranged with some fingertip action.
Samsung has expanded the line-up of widgets you can select from, introducing some that use online connectivity, such as an Accuweather weather forecast widget, Google Search and a More Widgets finder that lets you download new ones over the air.
In addition to the online set, the pre-loaded widget line-up includes various clock and calendar functions, music player, FM radio, image viewer, games, favourite contacts, birthday reminders, and a profile selector. And there’s a mirror widget – which uses the video call camera to give you a look at yourself onscreen.
You can scroll up and down the widgets toolbar with a swipe of the finger, and when you’re finished adding or removing widgets, you can close the bar with another tap of the arrowed tab.
Further to my last comment..
I have found a big bug with the software of the phone and it is going back.
Before I start, all the numbers involved ARE stored in my phonebook!
If I send a message on the phone to a contact, it will display the name of the contact that I sent it to. Likewise, if they reply it will display their name. However, if I receive a message from someone before I have sent them a message, the phone displays their number and not their name. Also, if I have messages in my inbox or sentbox with the sender's/receiver's name with them and then restart my phone, I find that when I go back into the inbox or sentbox, the names have disappeared and just the phone numbers are displayed. This issue can be resolved by sending a text message to each contact involved, which then updates all messages I have sent and received to/from that person with their name. It will not update the messages with the contacts name if they send me a message, only if I send them a message, and only if I select their name when composing a message rather than replying to a message that I have received from them.
Received and played about..
It's a good phone, there's no doubt about that. The screen is responsive, bright, clear, the qwerty virtual keyboard is great for typing texts, it has push email which works great with my Yahoo account, camera is very nice, the user interface is far superior to Windows Mobile.
But it's got some very annoying problems too. The messaging program is rubbish, I much prefered the one on Win Mo 5, it has annoying things like not telling you how many messages the message that you are composing will take until you click through to send. There are no arrows for scrolling left and right when composing messages, so you gotta be really accurate with your fingers. The default web browser is rubbish, so I put Opera Mobile on it but I would have much preferred Opera Mini. Customisation is nearly non-existant, no themes, no screensavers, auto key-lock is on or off with no option to change the timeout. My Samsung X600 from way back in 2003 allowed me to do these things..
RE: Just ordered...
The on screen pad isn't as annoying as the Tocco, and if you turn it sideways you get a full qwerty keyboard when typing :D