Flick a finger horizontally across the main screen right to left and you’ll get to the main menu, grid style. Flick left to right and you get to contacts. This is not a circular system. You have to flick the right way for the right menu.
The small screen makes entering text a challenge. The screen is an unusual format being considerably wider than it is tall. There is an accelerometer that automatically rotates the screen as you turn the handset around, but it doesn’t work when you are entering text.
There is no wide format QWERTY keyboard, so text entry relies on a smallish keypad that takes a standard phone format. T9 text entry is okay and I found it responsive enough, but if you are a fast or frequent texter, or have stubby fingers, you may find it frustrating.
Fortunately the accelerometer does work with the web browser. There’s no pinch zooming here, but you can call up a slightly fiddly slider for zooming and the accelerometer gives you a wide view that makes good use of those 400 pixels of screen width. As this is a handset with HSDPA support to 7.2Mbps, web pages load fairly quickly.
The handset has no front camera for video calling. The back-mounted lens shoots stills at 3.2 megapixels. There is an LED flash, but it’s only good for fairly close work indoors. Our usual test subject, the coloured dish photographed under ordinary household lighting, is fairly clear and sharp. The chair, photographed with some high sun and shadow running across it is also fairly sharp, though overexposed where the sun has hit. The flowers are clear and their colour reproduction is spot on.
There is GPS built-in and Google Maps is included to take advantage, but you can’t geotag photos and I found the two-stage focus-shoot side button less positive than I’d like.
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