Samsung has had a bit of a play with the Android 2.2 OS that powers this phone. Along the bottom of the homescreen are four icons for Music, Video, Internet, and the App Launcher, giving you instant access to the most common features for what is still at its core a media player. Tap the app launcher and, instead of a grid of icons, you're greeted by a list of the phone's apps. This makes sense considering you're likely to have less apps on a device like this than a phone but if you start downloading games it could soon become cumbersome as you spend an age scrolling up and down the list.
Samsung has also changed the homescreens so that, like on the Galaxy S, the primary screen – the one you end up at when you press the central button – is the far left one, rather than the middle as is standard on Android. This is nothing but a silly decision as it means you can only access one other of the seven homescreens with one swipe, whereas as having the middle as default gives you access to two screens with one swipe – a small gripe in the grand scheme of things but annoying when it's a change from Google's default.
Changes have also been made to the Music player and thankfully they seem to be all good. It's generally just been tidied up and given a clearer playback screen but they're welcome changes nonetheless.
A neat feature is that if you're playing some music, a mini player appears in the notifications drop down, allowing you to quickly pause the music or skip tracks. What's more, tap the central button when the screen is locked and a music player appears there as well, so you don't even need to unlock your phone to control your music.
Sadly the video player and picture viewer haven't been overhauled so, particularly with regards the latter, you still have a slightly cumbersome overly stylised app for doing what is essentially quite a basic task.
Otherwise you get full access to all the usual Google apps with GoogleMaps, Gmail, Calendar, Places, Navigation, et al. What's more, with GPS onboard, once the offline version of GoogleMaps becomes available, or if you buy a dedicated sat nav app, you should be able to use this as a proper sat nav.
With both front and rear cameras, a 1GHz CPU, 512MB RAM and inbuilt Wi-Fi this really is a smartphone that is only missing the phone and as such it's mighty impressive. As hinted at earlier though, we have no word on availability or pricing yet.