Samsung OMNIA HD i8910 ReviewSamsung OMNIA HD 9
Accessing information in your contacts is also implemented through double clicking. You can save as many contacts as you feel like, all of them with more than a single number. Moreover, they can be assigned unique ringtones, pictures, names, birthdates etc. The only limitation is the memory of the Samsung OMNIA HD i8910. Aside from sliding your finger upward or downward, you can search for a contact with the bar for text input. This sounds as if there is nothing out of the ordinary here, but the latter is implemented through a GPS-like keypad system (A, B, C, D, E, F...) that seems really logical with all initial letters appearing at first until you have selected something when only the necessary letters remain on the screen. It feels as if the phone thinks ahead and tries to guess what you´re looking for. Getting used to the new method takes just a few minutes and we have to admit that finding what you need is fast and easy.
Just like any other contemporary phone, this one provides one of the most popular services these days, messaging. The i8910 HD hasn't got hardware keyboard, but features two virtual ones instead – one is pretty much standard keypad as found on any cell phone and the other is full- fledged QWERTY that thanks to the huge display is way easier to type away on alongside of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic. Aside from these, you also have handwriting recognition. Using your email box, you are faced with a rather annoying issue – manual entry of all necessary settings. We were caught off balance when the OMNIA HD requested that we manually enter the incoming/outgoing mail server of Gmail. Not all of us know these by heart after all plus most cell phones are capable of finding these automatically.
organizer packs abundant features, but none of them is unique. The calendar looks pretty much the same as the one on the 5800 XpressMusic and can display the whole month, any given week, day or a to-do list. In the first two modes you will be able to see any three adjacent events and this comes in handy.
In case you need to convert any value or currency into another, there is a built-in unit converter or you can simply use the provided calculator if you happen to be a bit old-fashioned. Browsing and organizing content on your phone memory is easy through the File Manager that also features a backup option to allow you to you store copies of all the info you have on the phone, including Contacts, Messages and Calendar events.
Similarly to other Symbian S60 phones, you have Quickoffice and Adobe Reader LE to open Office documents and PDF files. We did not encounter any issues even with large office files, but unlike the latest Nokia models you won´t be able to edit them. You need to pay extra for additional software pack if you feel like editing documents or getting Office 2007 support. We had no problems at all using the PDF reader, but again, you would need to pay extra to get the editing option.
1. dorky24 (Posts: 23; Member since: 22 Apr 2009)
Could you please also post what came in the box? Also, does anyone know how I would be able to purchase the editing software for quickoffice if i live in the US? And thanks for the speedy review!! Cheers!!
2. C00L (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Apr 2009)
Thanks for a really inciteful review. I cannot wait for this phone to hit the UK market. Will you be able to use Nokia 5800 or other Nokia themes on this phone as I dont like the yellow they use in some of the UI? And will it be available on 3 uk network? Or Virgin uk? Thanks alot to anyone who can answer.
3. panacea224 (Posts: 18; Member since: 20 Dec 2008)
Great review guys. The Omnia HD sounds amazing, too bad it's going to cost a ridiculous amount of money.
4. redman (Posts: 10; Member since: 14 May 2008)
Can this be sync'd with Outlook (for all typical WinMo stuff like contacts, calendar, notes)? I have been using WinMo devices since my life exists in Outlook on my PC and I need the phone to mirror all of that data without any effort. Thanks for any feedback.
29. Luiz Ocean (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)
I have the same problem. I cannot use mobile withou outlook. I´d like to buy this Omnia, but I need to know how to sync with Outlook. Well, please let me know
5. irispen (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Apr 2009)
Not so good review.. -what is inside the box? -does it have TV-Out for non HD via cable? -opinion about the quality of HD video should be wider -more HD videos sample please. also some D1 Is the sample HD video was really from final unit? why the heck that it has only 8khz?
12. madesina (Posts: 24; Member since: 05 Oct 2008)
Who uses TV OUT on their phone???????????????? NO ONE! And if you do, stop using it. get a life. And furthermore, it only records at 24fps anyway, it's really not that impressive. And in my opinion, the UI is rubbish. It looks like it was made for 6 year olds.
15. Legion (Posts: 397; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
"Who uses TV OUT on their phone????????????????" He obviously does. Alot of people want to know that as its an extremely useful function. Seriously.
6. heavybreathing (Posts: 276; Member since: 26 Feb 2009)
WHAT CARRIER IS IT GOING TO BE ON? I hope it's not Verizion...if it is i'll prob switch over... Looks like the Iphone has a real competitor after the huge Storm failure.
7. bng (Posts: 107; Member since: 12 Feb 2009)
it probably will since Verizon alredy has the first Omnia...... i really hope it dose...
8. dorky24 (Posts: 23; Member since: 22 Apr 2009)
I doubt it as the official name for this phone is no longer Omnia HD, but I8910HD. Besides, I really doubt this phone will officially come out to the U.S. @heavybreathing, if you are using a service that uses a SIM card, you can just purchase this phone unlocked.
10. heavybreathing (Posts: 276; Member since: 26 Feb 2009)
I noticed that. Problem is...it's probably a $500-600 phone.
9. surethom1 (Posts: 3; Member since: 01 May 2009)
Is there still no kinetic (flick) Scrolling on Symbian s60 v5 menu's, contacts, photos, if not then this phone is not for me, come on samsung if Symbian will not enable it WHY dont you???? Lazy
11. Gooney (Posts: 2; Member since: 01 May 2009)
It looks terrific if the battery lasts.... however, claiming that watching video of ANY resolution on a 3.7 inch screen is breathtaking, just screams, that, well, maybe his girlfriend told him that 3.7 inches is breathtaking! And he believed her!
13. NomNomNom (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 May 2009)
Nice review! But does it have a lens cover? Don't see it on any of the pictures, but it would be a shame if it hasn't one. Can someone please tell me?
14. Charbax (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 May 2009)
What bitrates, which formats, which encoding complexities, which audio formats does it support for HD playback? Does the TV output support HD resolution TV output something like HDMI output full HD digital quality or is it just some standard resolution tv output? What is the purpose of the HD playback if you can't display the HD quality using the phone itself but have to decode it on the TV DLNA local network set top box. Do you have other 720p recorded clips in your gallery showing the actual sound quality? Does it support high quality Bluetooth microphones to be used for high quality wireless sound recording in 1280x720 video camcorder mode?
16. wanghao6207171 (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 May 2009)
that's quite an awesome phone, with superior specs compared with N97 and idou. I wanna buy this phone, when will it come out?
17. heavybreathing (Posts: 276; Member since: 26 Feb 2009)
This review gave us very little information. When is this phone coming out? How much will it cost? Whats in the box? Who is it coming to? Etc?
18. lacpp (Posts: 3; Member since: 13 May 2009)
This phone have the Ti Omap3 cpu and the PowerVR 530 SGX. The specs are smilar to Pandora console. The Bit Rate data of the videos of this phone can take easly the 8 Mbit/sec., according Gsm Arena.
19. psy881212 (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Jun 2009)
sorry when you say large files how large is it because i am doing medicine and some ebooks are about 700 to 1000 pages in PDF form. i now have a n95 and it can't handle it so i was wondering is the ram on OMNIA HD is able to
20. coolfx35 (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Jun 2009)
Hi dont be so sure Simbian isnt so bad it depend how they will use it on model. Reson for me to have Omnia is beacause like smart phone>omnia interfese is iresistable>made to cover as much as posible windows. Dont worry its my opinion WM is not so great and never been for me so if Samsung do their job as good as here (over WM) probably Omnia HD will be good too (sould be because of thet I buy Omnia breavly never had WM devise) Wink Curent model look much better than new HD.
21. uphaillife (Posts: 2; Member since: 01 Jul 2009)
no one here is noting the 3.7 inch AMOLED screen. You're talking about AMOLED not LCD. This thing kicks ass. AMOLED screen gives you: 180 degree view, bright screen (really bright), amazing contrast of colors, no ghosting, increased battery life, 0.001 second response. AMOLED>LCD in every way.
22. mjpower4 (Posts: 7; Member since: 27 Oct 2009)
Really fancied this one even though it is symbian but the battery life is abysmal reminds me of my old G1 and the orange only handset scuppers it for me as their firmware restrictions make the handset crippled from the off. Also Samsung need to update their firmware more often as their support sucks
25. WellWisher (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)
For all those who wish to buy Samsung Omnia HD I8910, please go through the pdf in the below linkhttp://anphase.files.wordpress
.com/2009/12/report-on-the-i8910-v3-11.pdfand sign the online petition athttp://www.petitiononline.com/ fixi8910/petition.html.These we taken from the linkhttp://samsungi8910omnia.com/
26. cupax (Posts: 15; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)
Hello. I bought a Samsung S5230 for my girlfriend and was pleasantly surprised that a touch phone could work so nicely. It maked me want to change my Nokia E71 for a touch phone and I went to look for Omnia HD. I tried a working demo in a store and my-oh-my was I disappointed! In my oppinion this phone is useless! The phone experience, despite that it looks exactly like the S5230 has nothing to do with it. It is frustratingly slow, jaggy and the screen keyboard is desperatingly non precise. I don't understand. Here at the Phone Arena they reviewed the Omnia HD with excellent votes while I find it frustrating and they reviewed the S5230 with bad votes while I find it almost perfect (it's just missing WiFi in my oppinion).
27. WellWisher (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)
Hi guys, just wanted to let you know there's an online petition to help put the pressure on Samsung to improve Samsung I8910 Omnia HD and the only way to get it going is if we sign on! So please follow the link and be a part of the movement:http://www.petitiononline.com/
30. barmpot99 (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Aug 2011)
My phone didn't come with the youtube widget please tell me if you know how I could get it?
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