Samsung F480 Preview: First Look: User Interface, Music PlayerBy cheatmaster 03:41 Sun, 08 Aug 2021 Comments
User interface is nicely upgraded
Samsung F480 features a recent UI, with nice colorful icons. It is a welcome change as previous touch UI Samsung handsets we reviewed seemed a small too reserved. The other nice improvement to the interface is the addition of widgets. We did like the concept and we are glad the implementation didn't let us down.
The Widgets are basically a very convenient way for customizing your home screen. The Widacquire bar toggles on and off the homeclassy screen by pressing the arrow in the lower left corner.
The Home classy screen and the Widacquire sidebar
Some of the available Widgets at work
The Widacquire bar itself includes a number of icons, which can be dragged onto the display and ordered to the user liking. If any of them should become unwanted, they can easily be dragged back to the bar. Here is a quick video demonstration on how the whole widacquire thing works.
Widgets in action video
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Most of the actions throughout the menus also involve animations. We, for one, did find them very eye-pleasing and cool to work with. If we're to sum up the first impression of the user interface, we'd say it's downcorrect fun to use. And it's by far the best looking and best performing Touch UI we've seen in recent handsets (save for the Apple iPhone of course).
Main menu • file manager • dialing pad • task switcher menu
The music player of Samsung F480 has also been improved and optimized for touch operation. It looks very cool but, in terms of functionality, is quite the same as with most other recent Samsungs.
The music player allows filtering tracks by author, album, and genre. You can also choose to play either the tracks you've recently listened to, or the ones that you've played the most. If that doesn't seem enough, you can create your own custom playlist. The music player can naturally be minimized to play in the background.
Filtering tracks by artist • now playing interface • the music player widget
The widacquire responsible for controlling the music player is cool, allowing quick access to the full version of the application by a single click only. You can also start, stop and alternate tracks straight from the home classy screen if you prefer.
There are a number of sound effects available when playing a track. Starting with surround, adding dynamic sound and finishing with some common equalizers (rock, jazz etc.), it's all there with Samsung F480. Not that we are such remarkable fans of those sound effects but we still needed to mention them.
Samsung F480 music player video
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Finally, the Samsung F480 allows touch-performed quick forwarding and rewinding, as well as track rating. Add all those extras to the generous 228Mega Bytes (MB) of internal storage and the memory card slot, and you acquire a remarkable portable music player.
Samsung F480 is also equipped with an Frequency Modulation (FM) radio with RDS. Again, it offers intuitive controls and it even has an integrated music recognition feature much like Sony Ericsson's TrackID. We tried it once and it returned the correct result straight on.
Frequency Modulation (FM) radio interface • song recognition turned out nice
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