CTIA Fall 2008
Sprint made a significant announcement at CTIA, and it concerns the user interface that will be used for Sprint's feature phones moving forward. The new UI is called One Click, and is meant to streamline usability and make it easier for Sprint customers to find the content, applications or other items on their phones quickly.
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We were able to spend some time with the new UI. Both the hardware and software were NOT final builds, and we definitely noticed a few bugs and other glitches. We'll assume that they were due to the pre-release nature of the gear, rather than faults of the UI itself.
The base home screen has a carousel running along the bottom of the screen. Using the D-pad you move sideways through this carousel to access different menu items. As you pass over each item, a list of options appears above it that you can choose from. For example, if you scroll over the messaging icon, you'll get a list of different things to choose from, such as going to your inbox, initiating a new message, etc.
The carousel itself is fully customizable. You can add or delete icons at will, and move them around to an order that suits your usage needs or style. There was a bit of a lag on all the One Click phones we tested when scrolling from icon to icon. We assume that a final build of the software and hardware will clear up those lags.
One carousel item is Google. When you scroll to it, it opens a Google search bar, and below that are links to Google Maps, Gmail, and several other Google services. This is a nice touch to have built in mobile search capabilities.
There is also a full regular menu that houses all of the phones applications and services. This larger menu appears in a standard list or grid view.
We wouldn't exactly say that you can get to everything in "one click", but One Click does eliminate a lot of the digging around in menus that is necessary in Sprint's current UI. One Click does speed up the time it takes to reach most tasks, and that is a really good thing.
Here is a video tour of One Click: