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TouchWiz 4.0 Walkthrough

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Apps and Settings

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.

TouchWiz 4.0 Walkthrough
TouchWiz 4.0 Walkthrough
TouchWiz 4.0 Walkthrough
TouchWiz 4.0 Walkthrough

Camera and Multimedia

The camera interface in TouchWiz 4.0 now works in 
portrait mode as well

The camera interface in TouchWiz 4.0 now works in portrait mode as well

The camera interface has been reworked to sport a 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.

TouchWiz 4.0 Walkthrough
TouchWiz 4.0 Walkthrough

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.

Photo editor (left) and Video maker
Photo editor (left) and Video maker
Photo editor (left) and Video maker
Photo editor (left) and Video maker

Photo editor (left) and Video maker

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.

Music, Readers and Games Hubs in TouchWiz 4.0
Music, Readers and Games Hubs in TouchWiz 4.0
Music, Readers and Games Hubs in TouchWiz 4.0
Music, Readers and Games Hubs in TouchWiz 4.0

Music, Readers and Games Hubs in TouchWiz 4.0

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.


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posted on 11 May 2011, 04:34 1

2. Mike Montgomery (unregistered)

First!! I'm so gonna buy this phone

posted on 11 May 2011, 04:54

3. vijay pal (unregistered)

app icon are not better than Galaxy S/SL, i can show you,although they may look clearer because of super amoled plus screen but still they are not better than Galaxy SL/SL only because of they dont have square background in them,you can see the diff if you you had samsung galaxy S..

posted on 11 May 2011, 08:00 1

4. IOS5 (unregistered)

Still a copy from iPhone/iPad UI lol sense UI still the best Android UI.

posted on 11 May 2011, 10:38

5. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)

Agreed. Sense UI is the reigning champ of Android UI's. TouchWIZ looks flaky & Ninja Blur is just ok.

posted on 11 May 2011, 10:38

6. Hello-dirt (Posts: 102; Member since: 02 May 2010)

I'm sold. It looks like I will turn into a Sammy guy: SGSII & Galaxy Tab 8.9. That was a good demo of what the phone is capable of and it's adjust-ability.

posted on 11 May 2011, 20:00

7. wutang01 (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 May 2011)

I don't understand why my Messaging icon looks different:
(http://images.androidcentral.com/sites/androidcen tral.com/files/articleimage/Phil%20Nickinson/2010/ 03/Moto%20i1/Samsung%20Galaxy%20S%202.PNG)

Image found off Google images search.

posted on 12 May 2011, 20:30

8. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

Best UI on Android is no UI/stock, Second is LGs custom UI since it near Stock. The rest Lag a phone Especially Motoblur gross!

posted on 27 Jun 2011, 18:51

9. sadefazio (unregistered)

Anyone know where we can get the blue/orange wallpaper on the Galaxy S2 in this walkthrough? Like it a lot. Thanks.

posted on 27 Jun 2011, 18:53

10. sadefazio (unregistered)

Sorry, but just found it. Thanks.

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