Review: Nokia Surge
The Surge runs S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2. The S60 menus are not the easiest thing in the world to master, but in this case, AT&T has customized the menu structure a little bit to make things easier. The main menu is chock full of things that you'd see on any AT&T feature phone. The more Nokia-centric items are buried a bit deeper down. I'd complain about how far you have to go to find basic controls for the Surge's settings, but there is a set-up wizard that guides you through the process when you first turn on the phone.
The main home screen of the Surge can be set to two basic configurations: Active Standby on, or off. Active Standby places a dock with shortcuts to six user-customizable applications. If you choose to turn Active Standby off, the dock goes away. Under the dock, you can also see some notifiers, such as a quick view of any unread messages or voicemails, quick access to the phone's media player, and so on. Out of the box, AT&T has configured the dock to have messaging and media features readily available, such as IM, navigation and the media player. The dock items can be re-arranged at will.
The menu can be set to grid, list, horseshoe or V-shaped. These latter two are just different ways to interact with the menu, and, to be honest, I didn't see the advantage of either. They are slower to interact with and make less organizational sense than the simple grid or list views of the main menu.
Unfortunately, S60 hasn't changed all that much in recent years. Depending on how you look at things, that's either good or bad.