Review: Samsung SYNC
Hitting up on the D-pad from the home screen brings up the new message compose window. A single screen serves as the sole message window no matter what type of message you want to send. You are shown an address and a text box. Even if you choose to address the message first, you will be taken to the address screen again before sending, so you quickly learn to wait and scroll down to the text window.
If you only type text, you can send an SMS. However visiting the options menu lets you add more fields to create an MMS. Any type of message can also be sent to an email address as well. This makes sending off photos to flickr or text to blogs painless.
On the second screen, you can address the message to any phone number or email address. You can start typing a number in one of the fields, or hit the left softkey to choose from a number of list. You are given a list of the last three people you sent a message to, and access to your call logs as well as your contact list. Every time you choose a contact from your phone book, you are asked to select from a list of numbers and email addresses. This task is not confusing, but it is tedious.
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Reading messages is simple. From the alert box that pops up on the home screen, or from the shortcut key, you can go right to the inbox. Everything works as expected except that if you don't want to go back to the inbox to move between messages, you scroll between them using the * and # keys instead of right and left on the D-pad. This takes some getting used to and will unfortunately remain awkward since you need to move your hands from the navigation cluster at top to do this.
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