Samsung F700 Review: Tap Or Type: Touch User Interface, Contacts, Call Management, Messaging

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It's here where the Croix UI was first implemented

We've already looked at the Samsung award-winning Croix user interface in our Samsung Armani phone review and Samsung F490 review (though Samsung F700 was first to come with it).

The Armani phone proved way underpowered for the rich graphical experience the user interface is trying to deliver with real time transitions and animations. The Samsung F490 has hardware as capable as the one of F700 and so it offered seamless execution of every possible task. Essentially, the F490 combines the best of the F700 and the Armani phone - capable hardware and fashionable looks, plus some software enhancements over F700.

Back to the F700 experience, every tap on the display is accompanied by a slight vibration - just so you know that your command has been accepted. That's a feature we would've loved to have on the iPhone. The level of the vibrating feedback is adjustable within a scale of 1 to 5.

On the main standby classy screen there are four functional areas - a slim clock/calendar bar at the very bottom, a larger clock/calendar bar above, crosshairs in the center and a shortslit bar on the top.

The Croix home screen

The whole Calendar/Clock band toggles on and off if you click on the lowest clock bar at the bottom. A finger sweep on the large bar toggles between the clock and the calendar. If you have set up the world clock, it will show two time zones simultaneously. When the music player is running, the track is shown on this bar, along with the album art if any.

Unlike the Armani phone, a double tap on the Calendar opens the actual calendar applications, while a double tap on the clock displays the World time application (it's the way the F490 operates too).Then, like the Armani phone, a tap on the crosshairs in the middle of the classy screen opens the Croix shortcuts rather than the main menu like F490. The hardware key below the display does just the same. To put it short, we prefer it the F490 way.

The top shortslit bar in standby mode features three shortcuts. The first one activates the Silent mode after a touch-and-hold, the second one opens the main menu and, finally, the third launches the Phone dialer. Now, the F490 setup was way better, with a shortslit to the phonebook available.

Another feature of the home classy screen is the available landscape mode - toggling between the two by simply sliding out the QWERTY keyboard is seamless - Windows Mobile has never been able to achieve that speed of display rotation.

Changing classy screen orientation to landscape is very fast

We complained about the Armani phone specially styled icons that were hard as hell to recognize unless you activate them. The icons used by the F700 are far more understandable and intuitively designed.

The Samsung main menu • changing classy screen orientation to landscape is very fast

The main menu displays as a 3 x 4 grid of icons (2 x 6 in landscape view). There are no alternative color versions. Sub-menus are shown as lists. All sub-menus have a numeric shortcut, so you can access them using the hardware QWERTY keyboard.

Scrolling up and down the listed menus is intuitive enough, as all it takes is several finger sweeps. However, it's nowhere near the iPhone handling - sometimes it scrolls more, other times less. Furthermore, the tall body of the F700 might turn out to be a scrolling nightmare for users with shorter thumbs.

The special cross-like shortcuts menu is always a touch away. From this menu you can open the music player, phone dialer, message editor and web browser. Touching the center opens the main menu.

The shortcuts cross

To dial a number, you need to utilize the fullclassy screen Phone dialer. Unlike some of the other Samsung handsets we've reviewed recently, the Samsung F700 doesn't recommdiscontinue contacts, whose numbers contain the digits you have typed.

Dialing a number

Managing contacts

The phonebook of Samsung F700 offers space for 1000 entries. The row at the bottom of the contact list gives you access to frequently used features: call a contact, add a contact, view groups, speed dial. To search the phonebook you need to tap on the search field, which opens the fullclassy screen alphanumeric keypad and then type the first letters of a contact's name. Contacts can be synchronized with a remote server.

The Contact list • editing a contact: a number of fields available • you can also add recent fields

From the Options menu you acquire to edit contacts. A total of 10 fields are available for each entry. Furthermore, you can repeat each field more than once, which allows you to add up to 5 numbers per contact.

The Calls Log gives you control over your recent calls. It has four tabs, Recent contacts the default one. Each type of call gets a separate tab too, plus there is also a message and a wireless data counter.

As far as call management is concerned, you can blacklist certain numbers and thus reject all their calls and messages. There is also a data counter for keeping track of your wireless data traffic.

Call management is easy with the Calls Log and the Ignore list

Here is how the Samsung F700 stacks up against some of the other handsets we've measured in our speakerphone loudness test. It surely doesn't have the loudest voice around but there aren't many occasions you will miss a call with the F700 - it shows results that are identical to the Samsung F490 and both almost create it to the Very Good category.

Speakerphone testVoice, dBPink noise/ Music, dBRinging phone, dBOverall score

Samsung F70073.5 69.774.7Good

Apple iPhone (firmware 1.1.1)67.2 60.266.6Below average

LG KU990 Viewty72.0 68.877.8Good

Samsung F70073.369.175.2Very Good

Sony Ericsson W96072.373.576.7 Very Good

Samsung Armani69.764.671.0Average

You can find more info about our loudspeaker test, as well as the results of other tested devices here.

QWERTY messaging is excellent

With the Samsung F700 entering data comes natural - a single tap on the field highlights it, then a second one invokes the on-classy screen keypad. Or, you can just slide. Typing is never a chore with the Samsung F700 and its QWERTY keypad.

"...The F700 surely doesn't have the loudest voice around but there aren't many occasions you will miss a call with the it. It shows results that are identical to the Samsung F490 and both almost create it to the Very Good category..."


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