Along the bottom of the home screen sit four icons. These take you to the messaging, contacts, dialpad and main menu of the phone. The latter is your resort if you want to access settings or any area that isn’t covered by tapping any of the icons. This bottom row of four icons and scrollable menu lists are all large and easy to tap. And I had no trouble with one-handed use. A tiny vibration when a button is tapped makes all the difference too.
That said, there are some tiny icons that are difficult but not impossible to hit with a fingertip. On the top row of the home screen there are three: a ‘multi-tasking’ icon that lets you switch between currently running apps, one that takes you to the inbox and another for switching the profile. These are usable, though, and if I have a major complaint about the touchscreen it’s the old grease gathering gripe.
You’ll notice this most after sweeping the screen and also when using the built-in handwriting recognition, which you can use for things like writing SMS messages and making notes to yourself. You can use a finger for this but only if you have a nail to drag around the screen. Sadly I found the recognition engine not what it could be. You can resort to T9 tapping or a widescreen QWERTY keyboard instead if you prefer. Which I did.
Beneath the screen are Call, End and Cancel buttons. More buttons sit on the right edge. One switches the camera on and then shoots, one locks the screen, and the third is a really handy switcher between stills, video and image library modes.
Then there is the jog wheel. Not side mounted as you might expect but incorporated into the camera lens surround. This makes it quite awkward to use, which is a pity as it performs a lot of functions; for example scrolling through menus, adjusting music and call volume, and camera zooming. I found one-handed use of this a bit tricky.
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