Interface and functionality:

The TouchWiz interface is in a “lite” version on the Samsung Champ. There are up to seven homescreens which can be populated with widgets, while the dock at the bottom is having only three shortcuts – Keypad, Contacts and Menu. The homescreens are somewhat restricted in having just one widget on them due to the smallish 2.4” display.



The widgets cover the basics – there are Analog and Digital clocks, Calendar, My buddies (up to four favorite contacts), Widget memo (a note taking app), Shortcut 1 and 2 (with four app shortcuts on each), Wallpaper and a sound Profile widget. The Shortcut widgets offer quick access to every app on the handset, including shortcuts to Facebook, Twitter, Friendster and MySpace's mobile sites, as well as to popular multimedia sharing sites like Picasa.



The main menu has three pages by default with a 3x3 icon grid on each. Most of the usual TouchWiz applications can be found here, you can have a look at the screenshots below. There is a notable absence of any type of YouTube client, or even a shortcut to the mobile site like there is to the social networks in Samsung's Communities app. There are a few Java-based games, but they are all trial versions, and the phone can access Samsung Apps to download more applications or games. Throughout the interface the Samsung Champ behaved responsively, and we needn't press too hard on the resistive screen to register a touch.



There is no smartdial in the Keypad application to show you possible contacts as you type in the number, but the phonebook offers a search function, and can separate your contact details in groups and favorites.



Messaging:

The email functionality on the Samsung Champ is part of the Messages application, along with  texting and MMS. Google, Windows Live! and Hotmail accounts have their settings prepopulated so you can just enter your user name and password, and should be good to go. Text messaging is available in threaded view from the Conversations option.



The stylus is provided not only because the screen is resistive, but rather because Samsung is hoping to sell a lot of the cheap touchscreen handsets in Asia. Touchscreen users there are accustomed to writing their characters when sending a text message instead of typing them, for example, for reasons you can probably guess yourselves. Typing on the tiny phone is done via the on-screen portrait numpad, and is as quick as you can expect given that fact. There is no accelerometer, not even a button to turn the keyboard in landscape, as that wouldn't make much difference on the small screen anyway.


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