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.
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Unfortunately, S60 hasn't changed all that much in recent years. Depending on how you look at things, that's either good or bad.