Samsung OMNIA HD Preview
Start up the phone and Samsung´s interface, TouchWiz 3D springs to life. Just like its previous versions, it´s quite showy and appealing, with the well known widgets at hand that you can also pull on the screen by dragging them from the status bar on your left to the home screen. There are a few other TouchWiz phones that have already been announced and similarly to the rest of the pack you have four separate widget screens that are really easy to switch between by just pressing one of the three cubes at the upper part of the screen. It´s like you have several desktops on your computer. You can easily get additional widgets online with the UltraTOUCH, but all we could find out here was an option to start/stop the preinstalled ones. Well, let´s go on with the rest of the airs and graces having something to do with the home screen itself.
3D navigation is one the eye-candies that can be switched off should you not really like it. Just touch in the home screen and slide it to your right and you´ll switch over to the photo contacts screen. As suggested by its name, you can call up contacts by just touching the assigned photos. They are pretty easy to tag in a Facebook-like style which is really cool.
We get back to the widgets to slide a finger to our right and the main menu pops up, looking quite in character with the TouchWiz interface, with all these showy eye-candy icons appearing in a 3x4 grid. Changing over to a vertical item list is pretty easy as well. Actually, you reach the menu by pressing an icon at the bottom of the screen or the dedicated button.
What we do miss is the Mini QWERTY keyboard present on the Nokia 5800. Phone books searches are implemented with a GPS-like keyboard entry system (A, B, C, D, E, F...) with the first letter of all saved names being showed on-screen first. After typing something in, only the necessary letters remain on the screen as if the phone thinks ahead and tries to guess what you´re looking for.
It´s practically the same as the one found on the Nokia 5800, only the interface has got more colorful and appealing. All pages and Flash elements, including the YouTube player load properly, there is no evidence of any problems and navigation on such a huge screen feels all beer and skittles. What really appeals to us, although it´s no great shakes, is the zooming feature activated by holding your finger in place for a while onto the part you want to zoom in on, although we had certain difficulties getting used to it. At any rate we feel we should keep waiting and test a retail unit before we pass any verdict on the final browser implementation.
2. chupum (Posts: 115; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)
What carrier is it going to be on when/if it hits the U.S.?
5. Astromanaught (Posts: 46; Member since: 11 Mar 2009)
Well its gsm, so most likely is either AT&T or T-Mobile. Or maybe sold unlocked at retail? Even with carrier subsidizing i would put the price around 300(after $100 mail in rebate). On another note I'm glad to see S60 getting some love state-side. Never owned one but I know those that have it love it.
3. Legion (Posts: 397; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
Samsung is stepping it up, this will be good for the industry.
4. mesign (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Apr 2009)
just wondering if there's anthing to cover the camera lens?
6. Cameron (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Apr 2009)
Na theres not but it is in the phone deep so it dosent matter still nice for things like dust