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Review: Samsung Flight II

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The Web browser on the Samsung Flight II isn't horrible for a simple mobile browser. The phone can handle some pages in their full desktop format, like our own homepage, which came through looking acceptably good, but not perfect. Other pages, like CNN and the New York Times, default to their mobile version. Google Reader offers its most basic mobile format. The problem I had isn't the browser's layout and formatting, it's navigating the pages. First, the Web browser has two zoom levels. One that gives you a birds-eye view, but renders text as black squiggles on the page, and another that gives you a close up view. I'd like something in between, so I can read the larger text on a page but still skip around quickly. My second problem with the browser is, you guessed it, touch response. It is very difficult to manipulate sites and scroll around a large Web page. The browser does not coast, it simply scrolls and stops as soon as you lift your finger. Occasionally, it would register a click on a Web link while I was trying to scroll. The browser is also very slow to load pages. Sometimes the loading stopped completely mid-process, then started up again after a long delay.


TouchWIZ offers plenty of customization options, but the layout and other problems with the phone hamper its usefulness. The phone has more than 30 widgets preloaded, and you can choose which widgets show up in the sidebar drawer. Widgets don't work while they are stuck in the drawer, you have to drag them out onto the homescreen. They pile up fast. You can also change the wallpaper on all three homescreen panels, as well as the layout of the main menus.

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