Samsung Giorgio Armani B7620 PreviewSamsung Giorgio Armani B7620
Samsung has already showed us how well they can personalize the operating system with the Omnia II. Almost every single element has been changed or at least has an alternative outlook, looks great and feels really comfy to use with bare fingers. Again, we remind you that our prototype runs on WM6.1 so the interface should have some differences, as compared to the final variant.
Most menus look pretty much like the ones on feature phones by the same manufacturer and home screen is completely in character of Samsung. You have three separate areas to place your widgets, but there is no option to download more on the prototype, but still, one of the apps allows you to create shortcuts to every single program installed on the device. If the all colorful widgets don’t go with your conservative business style, you just need to press the W&L button that’s on the top of the phone to switch between both available modes – one to suit your daily life and another that is fit for work and business (similarly to the Nokia E series devices). The latter shows information fields that notify you of new emails, messages, meetings, snapshots or lead to shortcuts, settings, airplane mode, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi etc. As it might be expected of a smart phone, this is all easily changeable – you can rearrange or hide interface elements. Mode Changer allows you to add more functions to the home screen, set another wallpaper, ringtone, apps showed (say, you need to get rid of all Life widgets), the selected connectivity mode or get the mode switcher to automatic.
Opening the slider turns screen to landscape and makes a menu of shortcuts leading to your message inbox, emails, calendar, notes and searches appear in front of you. Contacts are pleasantly personalized and can be filtered by the first letter of names. Comfier versions of the Calendar, Alarm Clock (appear together with annual events, world clock and stopwatch functions), messages and file manager are available as well. As a whole, the level of personalization of most interface elements doesn’t add much functionality, but changes background color to black (to better go with the overall design) and makes icons larger so they are easier to press with your fingers.
All told, the main menu looks pretty much like straight out of a typical feature phone and houses up to five separate screens where you can place applications of your own choosing.
The main menu of Samsung Giorgio Armani B7620 houses up to five separate screens where you can place applications
Camera and Multimedia:
The same goes for the camera. It is a 5-megapixel, autofocus one with flash and features similar interface to the OMNIA. No new options have been added here, although it already delivers rich functionality with options like face and smile detection, white balance, multitude of effects, ISO sensitivity setting and loads of presets. Video is captured at VGA resolution and this can be considered a below par feature, given contemporary standards. The saving grace is the slow motion capture at QVGA resolution that seems to have made its way to the interface.
We do apologize for being unable to present any pictures taken with the Samsung Giorgio Armani B7620 to you. All stored snapshot files are corrupted for some reason, probably owing to camera malfunction or software bug. We believe manufacturer will have fixed the issue by the time retail units are released.
TouchPlayer unifies all audio, filtered by albums or artists and video content available on the device. The player itself can be operated in landscape mode as well, its large album art and rows of text that allow filtering below making it look like the one on the OMNIA HD (or the iPhone Cover Flow in particular). Videos are showed in huge preview frames and each of them casts really nicely looking reflection downwards. You also have the intriguing option to change playback speed and we must say that Rihanna´s Pon de Replay sounds AWESOME at 1.5 times the normal speed! The good news is DivX and Xvid files are played without a hitch. Fashion buffs will be able to enjoy proper experience and see their favorite movies completely hassle free on the Samsung Giorgio Armani B7620, provided they are not coded in HD of course.
The Samsung Giorgio Armani B7620 looks like quite a promising, Windows Mobile powered smartphone. As a whole, we are pleasantly impressed by the personalization pack that the manufacturer seems to have polished to perfection to allow improved ease of use, but we just don’t know if how many people would go for its rather kitschy overall look. If you are looking for a functional, business device that will undoubtedly attract attention, the Samsung Giorgio Armani is definitely your option. We will let you know more about it when we have managed to get our hands on a final, retail unit.
Samsung Giorgio Armani B7620 Video Preview:
This is our preview based on a preproduction unit, expect the review soon.