Samsung TouchWiz
As with the other Galaxy devices, we find Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on the Galaxy Tab. This interface layer on top of the Android OS works hard to emulate interface elements first introduced by Apple in iOS. Instead of the Android standard, vertically scrolling, applications list, TouchWiz features pages of apps that flip left and right, like the home screens on iOS.

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Another addition to Android that Samsung has introduced in TouchWiz is the idea of a universal task manager. Instead of having to depend on third party apps, such as the immensely popular Advanced Task Killer, Samsung has chosen to implement their own system for terminating applications.

When holding down the home button to see the list of recent applications, a task manager button is added. Inside of the task manager, we find options for Active Applications, Packages,  a RAM Manager, a general summary of system statistics, and a Help Menu. Between terminating active apps, uninstalling programs, and clearing up RAM, this task manager is a very powerful tool, and reduces the need on third party applications.

Overall, the TouchWiz UI seems to be fairly unobtrusive to the general operation of Android, unlike some interface layers that we have seen (ex. NinjaBlur). While TouchWiz doesn’t seem to slow down the system, it also doesn’t seem to add much in the way of functionality. While the task manager is a nice addition, Samsung just didn’t go as far UI’s such as HTC’s Sense which really change the feel of the operating system. Without going far enough, it is a wonder why Samsung even put effort into developing TouchWiz instead of just using the default Android scheme.

TouchWiz can also likely be attributed to the fact that the Galaxy devices are still running Android 2.1, while most phones have gone to 2.2 with substantial performance gains. With Android 2.3 out on some devices, it is ridiculous for Samsung to still be on 2.1
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