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Review: Samsung M570 Restore

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The Restore uses Sprint's One Click user interface. The base home screen has a carousel running along the bottom of the screen. Using the trackpad you move sideways through this carousel to access different menu items. As you pass over each item, a list of options appears above it that you can choose from. For example, if you scroll over the messaging icon, you'll get a list of different things to choose from, such as going to your inbox, initiating a new message, etc.

The carousel itself is fully customizable. You can add or delete icons at will, and move them around to an order that suits your needs. As with all One Click phones Phone Scoop has tested, there was a bit of a lag when scrolling from icon to icon.

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The carousel items are meant to serve as shortcuts to sections of the phone. The Browser icon, for example, lets you choose to open the browser, see your recent history or go to your bookmarks. This lets you jump straight to the web page you really want to go to rather than launching the browser first and then scrolling to your bookmarks or history.

One carousel item is Google. When you scroll to it, it opens a Google search bar, and below that are links to Google Maps, Gmail, and several other Google services. This is a nice touch to have built in mobile search capabilities.

As is common to Sprint phones, there is a carousel item for your favorites. This lets you populate a bunch of shortcuts to action items or applications.

There is also a full regular menu that houses all of the phone's applications and services. This larger menu appears in a standard list or grid view.

Different from other One Click devices, the Restore has a carousel item reserved for green(er) living. This menu item houses a number of applications and services that teach users how to conserve energy and be aware of their impact on the environment.

One Click eliminates a lot of the digging around in menus that is necessary in Sprint's entry-level feature phone user interface. One Click does actually make finding the phone's features faster, even if not in "one click." The user interface hasn't seen a significant upgrade or change since its introduction several years ago.


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