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Samsung Blade GT-S5600V review

A decent touchscreen handset that won't set the world alight

Samsung Blade GT-S5600V review
The Samsung Blade GT-S5600V is a entry level toushcreen phone

The TouchWiz user interface employed here is very similar to the Tocco Lite. The home screen is styled in a similar way (albeit adapted for the shorter, slightly wider screen), with three alternative home screen 'pages' you can swipe between with a sideward finger stroke.

The home screens feature three small virtual buttons sitting on the bottom of the display – keypad, contacts and menu.

The first brings up the numberpad, which sensibly Samsung has ranged across the full width of the display. This provides plenty of room for fingers to dab the keys without mis-pressing.


With haptic feedback confirming presses, and a responsive action, the keypad is easy to use and very intuitive. Buttons at the bottom of the keypad enable you to make a voice call or start composing a text message.

However, when you press the text message option, and tap the text panel to start typing, the keypad layout changes, introducing option keys (for T9, space, clear and symbols) down the right side of the numberpad, reducing the finger space for each key.

This is presumably more a factor relating to the screen size than anything else – its relatively short length making it tricky to squeeze in extra option buttons below the number keys.

main menu

The Contacts button brings up your phonebook, either on your SIM, phone or both combined.

Ease of use

You can scroll down by swiping your finger, search by tapping a search box and inputting letters, or use a small button on the top of the screen to roll speedily through the letters of the alphabet until you get to the appropriate one for the contact you're hunting for.


Again, it's straightforward and easy to operate once you get the feel of the touchscreen's calibration.

Pressing the Menu buttons pulls up a familiar phone-style 3 x 4 grid of menu options, represented by labelled icons.

A tap on these opens up the next level of sub-menus – most of which are listed in quite conventional Samsung phone fashion, so should be easily navigable by phone users trying touch control for the first time; there's little to scare the horses…

Within the main menu screen, buttons on the bottom of the screen again enable quick access to the keypad, plus there's a photo contacts option that brings up a carousel of boxes into which frequent contacts are automatically recorded.


If you've assigned these contacts photos, their images will appear onscreen, providing another visually-enhanced way of quickly spinning through your favourite contacts.

The other button is for widgets, bringing you back to the home screen. Here you can start playing with one of the TouchWiz UI's most eye-catching features...