The media options on the Samsung i8910 HD are the standard S60 ones including all the standard applications. However Samsung has seen fit to provide their own versions of a few applications in order to make the phone stand out further from the rest of the crowd, including a new gallery application. After a bit of playing around I found some of these new applications to be much more friendly than the standard options if a bit limited, while others stood out in the simplicity of the improvements.
Media Browser is Samsung's version of a gallery application. As you can see from the shots it's quite an impressive looking application, showing off plenty of graphical excellence (the technical term for the stuff that makes people jealous when they see it but gets annoying quite quickly when in use). The application even has the ability to flick through the images and videos contained within it by using the built in accelerometer. What this amounts to is tipping the phone to move side to side. I can't think of any use for this feature apart from showing off the phone to others. Yes, it's eye candy but it's not useful at all. It didn't take me long to go back to the basic flawed S60 gallery application from that.
On the other hand, the media player is both a joy to use and packed with eye candy that's actually useful. The following screen shows just how important music is to my enjoyment of a phone followed by the basic music player application in action.
It's a great little application with all the functions that are usually present in S60 music players, and a few of the faults too (when oh when will we get album art searching and downloading?). Several sound effects are available that take good advantage of the phone's excellent built in speakers, and earphones. There's even a couple of basic yet appealing visualisations in there.
For a music player it's pretty standard fare for S60 phones (although the touchscreen widget for the frontscreen makes it a joy to use) but Samsung have thrown their mark on the application with one small yet major addition. Turning the phone on it's side while music is playing changes the display to show all the covers to all the albums you have on the phone (in my case, mostly the purple stand-in screen when you haven't downloaded album art) which you can slide between easily until you find the album you're interested in.
When you do find the right album a single tap will open it up to show the songs on that album and allow you to play them from there, similar to the system used in recent iPods.
It's a simple yet elegant addition to an already excellent application, and really adds to the music selecting experience.
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