Review: Samsung Strive
The Strive uses AT&T's feature phone menu system. From the home screen, the left soft key opens a list of shortcuts. These are all user-defined and can include apps, settings, folders, actions and so on. For quick access to specific functions, this can be a life-saver.
The right soft key opens up the full menu, which is a grid of icons. It's the usual assortment of AT&T-branded stuff such as AT&T Music, AT&T GPS, etc.
Notably, there is a new feature called Online Locker. This is a service that lets users upload stuff, such as photos and videos, to AT&T's servers and store them there as well as share them from there. It costs $10 per month to use, though.
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The d-pad can be set to launch user-defined apps, such as the IM client or web browser.
The most interesting thing is perhaps the app switcher. No matter what application happens to be open, pressing the app switcher button opens a dock at the bottom of the screen that lets users jump quickly to core features such as the phone, messaging, browser, music, gaming, and Java apps. Users can also choose to end all running apps from there. If you have to jump to something fast, this is a great way to do it rather than exiting the current app and clicking through additional menus.
Review: Samsung Galaxy S9+
Samsung's flagship handset is here and it's a curvaceous, complex piece of consumer electronics. The Galaxy S9+ seemingly has it all: the good looks, the high IQ, and the killer skill set that sets it atop the Android pedestal.
Review: Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge for Verizon Wireless
Samsung's top-of-the-line smartphone for 2016 is the Galaxy S7 Edge. This curvy beauty is a powerful addition to Samsung's roster of Android smartphones.
Review: Alcantara Case for Samsung Galaxy S9+
I learned the hard way that the Samsung Galaxy S9+ is breakable. This dual-glass-sided phone is begging for some protection.
Review: LG G6
The LG G6 is a strong offering from the Korean company that goes toe-to-toe with the best from Apple and Samsung. The G6 features a gorgeous design, the best materials, a waterproof chassis, and killer cameras.
Review: Alcatel Idol 4S - Unlocked
Alcatel's flagship Android handset strives to break through barriers with its high-end design and mid-range specs. The middle of the market is a tough space in which to play, and, rather than allowing the Idol 4S to stand on its own merits, Alcatel hopes a set of VR goggles, a case, and a pair of headphones will help sweeten the deal.