Review: Samsung Moment
Here's where the Moment starts to get boring. Rather than employ Samsung's TouchWiz or any other sort of user interface skin, the Moment runs the basic version of Android 1.5. Sure, there are some customized Sprint-branded apps and widgets, but the basic operation and menu system of the phone matches that of devices such as the HTC G1 and myTouch 3G. Probably the thing I am disappointed about most is that it has only three home screens to customize and not five or seven, as other Android handset are offering. This means less space to put your own stuff.
When you first boot the device, you have to sign into your Google account. It will then automatically configure your Gmail, your Gmail contacts and other Google services. There is no hard syncing directly to a PC. It must be done via Sprint's network. This can take a while, depending on how extensive your inbox and contacts lists are.
You have a basic home screen that has six pre-loaded apps, plus a Google search bar (with voice search!) at the top. Like any standard Android phone, there is a little tab at the very bottom of the screen. Swipe it up and the entire main menu will appear.
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Tapping into the Settings menu, Android ditches icons in favor of a simple list of adjustments to make. Each has a pull-down arrow that opens up a folder with the choices for that menu selection. Most of these make sense and it's quick to figure everything out.
When using applications, hitting the Menu key on the front of the Moment will open up a short list of additional options you can use to adjust whatever app it is that you are running.
Lastly, there is a notification bar that runs along the top. Any time you get a new email or other notification, it will sit up there. From any screen on the phone, you can swipe down from that notification bar and it will show you any missed calls, and what unread messages you have.
One thing to point out: There is a very slight lag in almost everything that you do with the Moment. It's less lag than on other Android handsets, for sure, but it's still there.
In all, Android continues to be a highly usable mobile operating system.
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