Samsung Galaxy Precedent
Unlike most people in this modern world, I actually carry a Samsung Galaxy Precedent smart phone (Mobile, 2011) instead of an iPhone. Surprise? You should be surprised, because I really want an iPhone, but find the cheap pricing without a contract to be enticing. Moving onto the software and usability of the phone itself, I might add that this phone started out awesome! Like most phones, over time the awesome factor dropped as I started filling up the small amount of space; the cell phone slowed to a crawl and always crashed. Let’s move onto the amazing user experience this phone delivers.
What works well with me?
1a. Interface of the Samsung Galaxy Precedent (Nagy, 2011)
The phone itself appeals to the eye, following closely by touch. When you first pick up the phone, you know exactly which button turns it on, and the glass allows the user to identify touch capabilities. As you turn on the phone, a green-colored icon with an unlocking padlock next to an arrow pointing across the screen surely lets you know how to enter the device; you simply slide the lock in the direction of the arrow. While pulling the padlock across the screen, the bar extends and you are reassured with the internal vibration of the phone as confirmation of correct handling. The phone speaks for itself when talking about interface design and usability of the interface. In the same effect, when you press and hold icons, or move them around the screen, the phone gives you visual and physical feedback about interacting with the phone. The design of the interface is concise and consistent while scrolling through menus within the phone. When an error appears (for instance, when an application fails to load), the system displays an error code followed by information telling you the application failed to load and gives you an “ok” button to press when you are ready to continue. With this feedback, you can look the code up on their website and confirm that your phone was/is not the problem (Samsung, 2012)!
What makes me power it down?
With all the great things in mind, let me talk about the flaws of the usability in the interface of the Precedent. When I first bought the phone, I admit, my level of happiness increased by 100 knowing that I had a Smartphone. Quickly following the lack of space were problems and error messages galore! My happiness decreased by 95 when I found out I had to start deleting applications and constantly keeping track of all the applications running at one time. One application running, the phone runs great; two applications running at one time, the phone runs pretty good. Once you start reaching the 4-6 applications running at one time, the interface slows down to dial-up connection speeds (makes me shudder too, I know). Although that problem stems from processing power issues, the work on the interface to warn the user about this would be helpful so you do not find yourself pulling out the battery for the tenth time that day.
Improve the groove (Precedent)!
Running Google Maps and Pandora while driving around town sounds like a pleasant feature to a GPS, until your phone dies. Everything on the phone rocks until the phone dies. In order to fix some of the minor interface flaws that include error prevention, I would make sure to throw some exceptions into the design that pop up when a user starts going bonkers and runs 10 applications at one time without shutting them down. On top of the messages, I would add another option menu asking the user if they would like to close the oldest application when they start running past the phone processing speeds. The biggest interface usability problem is when it slows down to a crawl and becomes unresponsive to your touch. Other than minor error handling, the phone runs smoothly enough to where the fixes would be “so easy a caveman could do it” (http://www.geico.com/).
Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Precedent Smartphone works great with someone trying to learn a Smartphone. Calling is dialing numbers, and sending text messages works all the same with a virtual keyboard. At times I may call it the “dumb” phone, yet I feel that makes me the dumb one thinking a phone has the emotional capability to even feel the words… We prove ourselves to our phones every day, and I hope that one day I will be fortunate enough to carry a Smartphone I can talk to and carry out a conversation with. Until then, have fun with buying up this great Smartphone!
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Samsung. (2012, May 16). Sch-m828c. Retrieved from