Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Samsung Galaxy 5: the interface

Courtesy of Advertlets, I had the opportunity to review Samsung Galaxy 5.

Samsung Galaxy 5 and Nokia 5230.

As an entry level touch-screen phone, it's fair to compare it with my Nokia 5230. Nokia 5230 employs the resistive touchscreen technology while Samsung Galaxy 5 uses capacitive technology - this translates into very different user experience. Nokia 5230 works well with stylus or fingernails; Samsung Galaxy 5 with bare fingers.

To start it off, Galaxy 5 runs on Android version 2.1 (Eclair).

It is packed with features for an all-rounded experience. For a price tag of RM 699, this device features Bluetooth, 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g and A-GPS - extremely good for an entry-level product.

buttons Samsung Galaxy 5

Although packed with features, I gotta be honest with you that its touchscreen cannot really differentiate between light touch and heavy touch - leading to many mistakes that I had to press the "back" key to get back. In other words, I meant to drag, but the phone interpreted as "press".

The home screen. It's the shortcut to many of your beloved apps and features, however setting it up was a pain for me due to its error prone touchscreen.

For social networking fans, input of the phone is of utmost concern when it comes to usage.

Numeric keypad was fine but took me some time to get used to.

Considering that the screen is 2.8" big, typing on the QWERTY keypad in portrait mode gave me a relatively high error rate. The keys are quite small.

Turning the phone into landscape remedied the high error rate.

Input method can be interchanged by pressing and holding on the text space on the screen. In the menu that pops up, you can select other input methods like Swype and Chinese IME. Let us see how to input Chinese with Samsung Galaxy 5.

Chinese characters can be entered in the Chinese IME mode. You begin by typing the pronunciation of the character and select from possible suggestions. Tap on the character you want. Just like other input methods, entering Chinese is very intuitive.

Lastly, to access more functions in an app, simply press the menu key on the phone. Available options vary according to apps.

In the coming post of my review series, I'll be taking you to a tour of social apps I've used with Samsung Galaxy 5.

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