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Review: HTC G1

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Menus Calls/Contacts Messaging  

Tap the Dialer button on the G1's home screen and you're going to see something very similar to the phone program on the iPhone and Instinct. There are four tabs that run across the top for the dialer itself, the call log, your contacts, and your list of favorites. Each of these is exactly what you expect them to be.

The dialer buttons are nice and large and no problem at all to use for dialing numbers directly. The call log shows all your calls heaped into one long list, and different colors next to each call tells you if it is a made dialed, received, or missed call. Tapping any of the numbers does not open a menu at all, it simply calls the number. If you press and hold the call, then a menu pops up and gives you options for calling, SMSing, or adding the number to your contacts.

Once you are in a call, you can press the menu button to see a list of actions to take such as swapping or merging calls, hanging up, placeing the call on hold, and so on. You can also choose to send the call to a Bluetooth headset. Going through the calling program once is all it takes to figure it all out.

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Any numbers stored in your phone that haven't been assigned text names are listed in the contacts app first. It then lists everything alphabetically as you scroll down. It is easy to swipe your finger up and down to cycle through your contacts. There is also a nifty slider tool on the right side of the screen. As you drag your thumb down, it pops up. Shift your thumb over to the slider and you can zoom through the alphabet, stopping wherever you choose.

Pressing a contact quickly will open the contact up. Pressing and holding the contact will give you a short list of options, such as calling or editing that contact's information. Each contact can store tons of information. You can also save them to your "Favorites", which effectively serves as a speed dial function on touch-based phones.


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