There are also new settings for the general screen mode and some power saving adjustments, which again can be attributed to the unique chipset and display on the phone, and might not be present on the next Samsung phones with this version of the UI.
You have three modes for the screen, called “background effects” - Dynamic, Standard and Movie. Dynamic bumps up contrast and smears a bit of detail, whereas Movie brings a more subtle, darkened picture. Those three we also have on our Samsung HDTV at home. You can opt to use a Power saving mode in Settings now, and it will turn off certain radios, or dim the screen, whenever the battery falls under a predefined threshold.
We are pleased to see that apps like Kies Air are now an integral part of TouchWiz. It allows you to type in an IP address in your computer's browser, and gain access to the phone's storage memory and functions via a neat interface, provided both are on the same Wi-Fi network. You can exchange files with the device, stream movies or songs from it, update your contacts' details, and even send text messages and email through the phone from your computer. Very handy, if you don't have a microUSB cable lying around.
Camera and Multimedia
minimalistic font on more transparent menu backgrounds, which allows you to still see the scene you are framing when you fire up the settings.
It is also swiftly alternating between landscape and portrait modes now, allowing you to change settings easily no matter what position is the phone at.
A very handy feature is the ability to manually place shortcut icons to the functions you use most in five slots, which are situated on the left of the screen in landscape mode, or at the top in portrait.
The other two apps worth mentioning are the ones for photo and video editing. They got released for the Samsung Galaxy S in the beginning of the year, but come standard with TouchWiz 4.0 now. The photo editor comes with tons of utilities, which will let you remove the hair from your nose on close-up shots, or apply cool laughing-mirror effects to your ex’s photos. The video editing app is Video maker, and lets you trim and split the clips on your device, apply various effects like Sharpen to them, or mix and match with pictures and music. It works with video files with resolution of up to 720p, so you can't edit 1080p video yet.
We'd be remiss not to mention the four Hubs Samsung is supplying with TouchWiz 4.0. The Social Hub integrates all your messaging and social networking updates at one place, and you can also create something wise, and only afterwards choose whether to shoot it in a text, email, or post in on Facebook or Twitter.
We also have Music, Readers and Games Hubs, acting like Samsung's own multimedia stores. The Music Hub is powered by 7digital, and sells millions of songs for roughly $0.99 a pop, or whole albums. The same rich choice is present in the Readers Hub, which is categorized into newspapers (powered by PressDisplay), magazines (powered by Zinio), and Kobo's books app. There are 7 trial issues you can subscribe for in the newspaper section, and a bunch of free classics to read on the book shelf, if that's your thing.
The Games Hub seems predominantly occupied by Gameloft titles in the Premium games section, which you can't find in Android Market. All four Hubs have easy to navigate interfaces, and searching for music, books, games or magazines is a snap, while the options to show you what's hot in each category is pretty helpful.
On the whole, we don't mind the TouchWiz concept for an Android overlay of Samsung. It is not as deeply enthralled as HTC Sense, for instance, but it just works, and has some very neat ideas like the radio switches in the notification bar, and well-executed social networking integration in Contacts. With its latest version, TouchWiz 4.0, the overlay scores beautification points as well, with transparent backgrounds and transitional animations galore. Well, video is worth millions of words, so have a brief look at the new TouchWiz 4.0, as we found it on the Samsung Galaxy S II.