Review: Samsung Juke
Because the Juke focuses more on being a mobile music player than a full-fledged feature phone, it has a paired down set of applications. This means the menu system is vastly simpler than on more feature-rich phones.
The only application you can access with the phone closed is the music player. To use any of the phone's other features, you have to open it up. The Juke won't let you access them with the phone closed because they require using the softkeys to interact with them. Once open, hitting the center of the spin wheel will fire up the main menu. In the out-of-the-box configuration, you get a simple list of items from which to choose. There are only six of them: Music Player, Get It Now, Messaging, Settings, Calls, and Contacts.
Once open, these six menus show you a list of other actions to take relative to the folder you've opened. Similar to other Verizon phones, hitting the D-pad to the left or right with a menu open will scroll you sideways through the other menus so you can jump to them without returning to the home screen. You can spin the spin wheel, or use it as a regular D-pad to move the selector up and down to make choices within each menu. These secondary menus are all fairly short and are simple to figure out. The Settings menu is the most extensive, but mirrors what is on other phones from Verizon.
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The main menu can also appear as a grid with icons rather than a list, but once open each menu functions the same way.
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