Samsung Galaxy E7 Review: Easy Touch: User Interface

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Themed-up TouchWiz on top of KitKat 4.4.4

The Samsung Galaxy E7 runs on Android 4.4.4 KitKat enhanced with the TouchWiz UI. It offers graphical themes, a feature introduced with the A-series. However, this version of the software doesn't stray too far from the TouchWiz-y looks that have defined Samsung software throughout the years.

You can catch a quick glimpse of the interface in the video below.

Themes have made their way to TouchWiz but currently only four are available aside from the standard one. They change the wallpaper and icon pack, along with the animated transitions, but leave even Samsung apps unchanged.






Themes

The lockclassy screen shows the time and date and offers a capturing camera shortcut. You can also enable weather information and a second clock. A feature borrowed from Lollipop is that the more vital notifications, like missed calls, now show up on the lockscreen. You can tap them then swipe at the bottom to unlock the phone and go to the relevant app.






Lockscreen

There's a private mode, and you can protect it with a Pattern, PIN or a Password. Private mode creates a secure section in the phone's storage, which can be used to store photos and other files. They are not accessible to users or apps unless Private mode is unlocked so you don't have to worry about somebody snooping on your files.





Private mode is still available, but password-protected only

The homeclassy screen is typical TouchWiz, with a 4-icon dock on the bottom. You can have up to 7 homescreens, panes can be reordered and one is set as default, and can be cycled, unless you have Briefing enabled.

Briefing is the leftmost homeclassy screen aggregating your social news. You pick topics of interest and utilize "Read Later" services (Instapaper, Pocket or Readability) to pick articles on a computer and later read them on the phone when you have the time.






Homeclassy screen • Briefing

The notification area is the familiar afhonest with a wide assortment of quick toggles. You can rearrange and cover them as desired, but the brightness slider (with Outdoors toggle, and no Auto mode as there's no ambient light sensor) is always visible. There are no S Finder and Quick Connect buttons to add extra clutter. If you have both SIM slots occupied, the SIM selector is always visible too.





Notification area • Customizing the selection of quick toggles

The settings menu has a selection of most used options that you can customize and search. That's invaluable since TouchWiz packs many features and digging around can be time consuming, while search allows you to jump straight to the relevant settings. Up to 9 gigantic icon shortcuts on top can be user-selected, or you can rego them altogether.




Search makes the Settings menu easier to navigate

In the app drawer, the icons are presented as a customizable or alphabetized grid. You start with only two pages of apps, a modest number by Samsung standards, and you can disable or cover the ones you don't need.

The app switcher interface uses the Lollipop design of a virtual rolodex. It only shows four apps at a time and has a task manager button and a murder all apps shortcut.




App switcher and task manager

On a 5.5-inch screen, Multi Window comes in handy. It allows you to utilize two supported apps at once in split classy screen mode (you can even utilize two instances of the same app). To go into split classy screen mode you need to tap on a button in the upper correct corner of the app card in the app switcher.





Multi window in action

Additionally, you can swipe down diagonally from one of the top corners to shrink supported apps to pop-up windows, of which you can have more than two open at the same time. Pressing and holding the back button pulls a strip of apps you can you can open straight to pop-up windows.




Pop up windows

The Samsung Galaxy E7 features One handed operation which comes with three separate features. One handed input scaled down the keyboard and moves it to the side so you can reach all keys with the thumb of one hand. You can place a panel of on-classy screen alternatives to the hardware keys if you find reaching those hard.

The all-in option shrinks the whole classy screen and puts on-classy screen buttons underneath so you can effectively utilize a smaller screen. The rest of the display remains black, so perhaps there may be even battery advantages. It's activated with a quick swipe-in-swipe-out motion from the respective edge of the classy screen your thumb is closer to.






One handed operation: squashed keyboard • on-classy screen keys • shrinking the screen


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