A review on Ice Cream Sandwich
The contacts application in the Ice Cream Sandwich is completely revamped. Now the old bland list is gone for good. The old contacts list was used repeatedly in the previous Android handsets.
The color scheme has also changed now and it’s white now. Some blue areas with black text are notable. Now, the interface looks much better now. But, it shouldn’t be forgotten, that this application looked raw and untidy in Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
Google has borrowed some inspiration from the Microsoft Windows Phone 7. With some exchange of ideas, it looks good. But, it can not win against the Window Phone 7 contacts list, which is superior in every respect. It is much faster, stylish and integrates Facebook, which is not something, yet available on Google Ice Cream Sandwich.
There is Twitter and Google Plus available though, so you can see a photo of the person, while looking at contact list and his social networks update, if he uses Google plus or Twitter. This feature is good, but it lacks the Facebook connection, which would easily overshadow these two. Facebook should be added sooner than later.
The photos are made blurry and misty with the assistance of Google Cloud. That has been a problem for too long now. It seems that no one at Google has noticed or bypassed it.
With the reformed contacts application list, this feature will need to be rectified sooner than later.
The Ice Cream Sandwich calendar
The Ice Cream Sandwich calendar has been updated with a new trendy look. It will be showing all the events in the month view in terms of horizontal bars.
The battery consumption should be looked upon a bit carefully. The Android phones take up as much battery, as the display themselves. There is no logical explanation for this. In the past, the percentage was 10 percent and now the percentage is 30 percent. This seems as a bug and should be taken to task.
The screen shots of Ice Cream Sandwich
The house of Apple has been supplying the screen shot feature for quite some time; it was tricky to do the same with Android. You would have needed a rooted device, screen capture and third party applications. Otherwise, you would have needed Android SDK, which is a tool for taking screenshots by a USB connection.
Now, you can take screen shots in the Ice Cream Sandwich interface simultaneously by pressing the power and volume down button together. A screen shot will be taken and put in the directed folder.
The landscape writing has some issues of its own. The input is not shown correctly on the screen. The screen would hang up while midst of writing and the cursor would freeze into ice age. The solution to this problem is moving to the portrait view.
So, Ice Cream Sandwich has its fair shares of pros and cons. It is not the pen ultimate operating system and a much versatile operating system is in order.