Review: Samsung Epix
The Epix comes preloaded with Pocket Internet Explorer. Paired with AT&T's HSDPA 3G wireless data network, it makes for a very capable browser. IE can be launched from the Start menu, and also appears as a shortcut on the Today screen.
Once open, the left soft key is the back key and the right soft key is the menu key. The Menu opens up a list of things to do, such as jump back to the home screen, pull down the address bar, view your favorites or add the current page as a new favorite. You can customize the view just a little bit, by adjusting the text size, having pages rendered as one column, fit to screen or in desktop mode. And you can also turn pictures on and off for faster or richer Web browsing, depending on your tastes.
For the most part, browsing was speedy. Only the most graphic-laden sites bogged down the browser. IE doesn't include any innovative and useful features such as a mini map or built-in RSS feed reader. But the decent screen size and fast wireless capabilities get the job done with no issues.
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We also tested Opera Mobile and Skyfire on the Epix. They both worked very well. The beta of Skyfire, in particular, was blazing fast. Having the touch screen also makes the Epix more usable for browsing than some of its non-touchscreen Windows Mobile brothers.
Windows Mobile 6.1 lets you customize how you interact the phone to a good degree. The main Today screen can be viewed in nine different versions to suit your tastes, including the newer version of the Today screen that comes with WinMo 6.1. You can also adjust the color of the themes, as well as the color of the text on the themes. To be honest, anything other than white was rather difficult to read.
You can also fully customize what menu items appear on the Today sceen, which lets you set it up for quick access to the things you interact with most.
There are a decent number of included ringers on the phone, but you can't select songs from your music library to serve as ringtones.
Another great feature are the function shortcuts. When in the Today screen, you can set the Epix to launch a number of different applications by pressing certain keys. For example, you can set up the "B" key to toggle the Bluetooth radio on/off.
You can also move items into different folders and customize where applications are located in the Windows Mobile folder hierarchy.
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