The Spice offers up no less than 7 home screens, so many that I’m having trouble filling them all. You can see the navigation thingy on that second grab above — unless it’s a Japanese emoticon I’ve not seen before.
And in case you were wondering, the big circle at the bottom between the call and messaging icons is the button for the phone’s main menu.
Moving on to some other Spice-specific navigational aids, the bullseye you see in the first pic above is provided with Motorola’s BACKTRACK. My buddy Mitch provided a good use case for BACKTRACK (does this really have to be in caps?) in a comment he left the other day — I can see its value now.
Even better is the pop-up text editing cursor shown in the second pic. With the slider up and qwerty keypad enabled the Spice auto-suggests words as you type them but not auto-correct afterwards. However, if you hold a finger on the screen over a specific word you want to edit you’ll be able to do exactly that.
And now, what you’ve all been waiting for… MOTOBLUR!
First up is the Facebook ferris wheel of banality, or what Moto calls “Flashback”. Designed no doubt to be a rich interactive experience allowing the user to easily navigate through their history of friend updates, messages, calls, etc. — in practice it’s more… what do the kids say these days… gheytarded?
There are two other Flashback “themes” that are even worse than this one. Trust me.
Moto’s home screen widgets, on the other hand, are quite handy — perfect, in fact, for the Spice’s lo-res 240×320 pixel screen.
But none of these screens show the Spice’s most impressive feat of all: Despite having half the horsepower of my Nexus One the Spice handles Android (albeit the older “Eclair” version) quite well. There are some slow screen redraws here and there but it’s a testament to Android that it scales so well.