Despite the fact that the Samsung Continuum is another Galaxy S phone, the additional secondary ticker screen located below the capacitive Android buttons equates to a different software experience. Directly out of the box the Continuum will make use of Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on top of Android 2.1. TouchWiz still seems to be an acquired taste. If you’re after the vanilla Android experience you unfortunately won’t find it here.
The most exciting element of the Continuum to talk about is the ticker screen. Samsung has created what they call a grip sensor, which will automatically turn on only the ticker screen when the phone is picked up in ones hands. This is an extremely convenient method to quickly checking if you have new messages, email, social networking notifications, or even check up on your RSS feeds. Such a process makes quickly getting in and then getting out possible.
There does seem to be some limit with the ticker screen. For example, The Gmail application isn’t supported (at least not yet), so if you want to receive email notifications in the ticker you will need to setup your Gmail through the generic Email application. For what it’s worth though, these issues can be corrected with a software update from Samsung. If you want to see the ticker and grip sensor in action hit play below!