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Samsung SGH-F480 Review

Samsung SGH-F480

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Main Menu

As we’ve already mentioned, the new TouchWiz interface makes its debut with the F480. The good news is that all icons in the menus are full-colored and are pleasure to the eyes. In addition, opening the various applications relates to a screen transition. However, as most of the operations in the phone it is accompanied by an annoying lag.

Unfortunately, there are almost no personalization options for the interface. The wallpapers are static and although beautiful, we got tired of them quickly. Besides them, a few other pictures can be used as a screen saver and those are not accessible from anywhere. The main menu has only two color schemes – black and white. We looked for the theme creator seen in Soul, but it’s not present here.


Overall, except for the annoying lag when navigating through the menus, controlling the phone is trouble free. The only serious comment we have to make is about the scrolling when you have more choices. Most of the time (like in the Settings submenu), this function is very adequate, and you can easily get from one end of the list to the other. However, in other cases (like adding a contact for example), you have to move the screen step-by-step, which is very uncomfortable. Since these menus are identical, it’s illogical to have the inconvenient way of scrolling in one of the modes.

The TouchWiz interface brings one heavily advertised feature:

Widgets:

Forget about the home screen, because it is now called “Widget”. Its idea is to let you add certain given “programs” and to let you arrange them the way you want. These can be found in the taskbar on the left side, from where you can drag them. In our preview unit, their number was not large and we expected to have more options in the final version of the device. However, this didn’t happen and all you’ll have at your disposal is as follows:

- Analog clock
- Digital clock
- Dual time zone clock
- Calendar
- Gallery
- Games
- Upcoming birthdays (taken from the phonebook)
- Profiles
- Radio
- Music player
- Events
- Carrier information

Analog Clock - Widgets - Samsung SGH-F480 Review
Dual Clock - Widgets - Samsung SGH-F480 Review
Gallery - Widgets - Samsung SGH-F480 Review
Music Player - Widgets - Samsung SGH-F480 Review

Analog Clock

Dual Clock

Gallery

Music Player

Widgets


Samsung SGH-F480 Review
Shortcut Menu - Samsung SGH-F480 Review

Shortcut Menu

Besides these selections, most of which have very limited functionality, you cannot add anything else.

Nevertheless, the widgets in F480 are designed much better than those in LG KF700, where they are only 4 static ones. The main problem comes from the limited space, which you have on the 2.8” QVGA display. Here, you are hardly able to add more than 4-5 and in combination with the limited functionality, it becomes apparent that they are the next colorful marketing trick, intended to attract attention. As a whole, this element of the interface is pointless and it is more of a distraction than a feature designed to assist the user.

Shortcut menu:

You can enter this menu, by pressing the functionality button, located under the display. No matter which menu or application you were in, 5 shortcuts will be visualized on the screen. They lead to the music player, messages, the main menu, the Internet browser and the dialing pad. This feature will help you reduce the use of the main menu to a minimum.


Phonebook:

Here you can save up to 1000 contacts with up to 5 numbers, including home, business and office. On top of that, you can add pictures, ringtones, birth date and a short note. Searching is done only by first name, which is a common problem, but is largely annoying when present in such a high-end device. In addition, only three names are visualized on the screen, which makes the navigation much more difficult. The contacts can be organized in groups with their own picture and ringtone.

Samsung SGH-F480 Review
Samsung SGH-F480 Review
Samsung SGH-F480 Review
Samsung SGH-F480 Review

Unlike most of the new phones, inputting a number does not activate a search for matches.


Organizer:

Samsung F480 offers some rather useful options, to help you organize your day. From the main menu, you can set up to 5 alarms, to make sure you make it to work/school on time.

Calendar - Samsung SGH-F480 Review
Samsung SGH-F480 Review
Alarms - Samsung SGH-F480 Review
Samsung SGH-F480 Review

Calendar

 

Alarms

 
In the calendar, you can store events (up to 100), divided in appointments (up to 50), anniversaries (up to 50), vacations, important and personal (the last three you can add up to 20 each). The calendar can be viewed as an entire month, week or day.

On top of that, from the applications menu, you are able to write short reminders and tasks (limited to 20). Here is the world clock, the calculator, the unit converter and the timer with a countdown timer. Everything that needs to be here is present.

Samsung SGH-F480 Review
Samsung SGH-F480 Review
Samsung SGH-F480 Review
Samsung SGH-F480 Review

Its built in memory is 220 MB, and it is expandable via microSD cards. However, we experienced a strange problem; cards, which were operational in other phones, had to be formatted in the F480.

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PhoneArena rating:
6.5Good
Display2.8 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (143 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Size3.85 x 2.16 x 0.45 inches
(98 x 55 x 11.5 mm)
3.54 oz  (101 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 3 hours talk time

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