Samsung OMNIA HD i8910 Review
Camera interface of the Samsung OMNIA HD i8910
The eye of the monster or its 8-megapixel camera features less pleasing interface that looks pretty much like the one found on Samsung Pixon. Elements are in monotonous, grim colors and out of character with the otherwise motley looking interface. On the other hand it´s really easy to use and that´s more important. There is a number of preloaded photo presets for taking pictures of people, faraway or moving objects and variety of shootings modes - night, sunrise, fireworks, candle light etc. The prototype allowed us to set the ISO up to 3200, but the guys at Samsung must have later decided that such a high setting didn´t make sense, so its maximum value has now been reduced to 1600. The average time to take a snapshot is good alongside of the other 8-megapixel cell phones we have tested this far (take a look at our article here). Starting up takes about 2.5 seconds, focusing objects about the same time and saving pictures another 5 seconds.
Outdoor pictures look great. Their quality is similar to what the Samsung INNOV8 offers with proper exposure, white balance, realistic colors and almost no noise at all and not last, clearly discernible details. We were a bit surprised by the built-in flash in artificial lighting conditions. It managed to provide enough illumination so as to keep as many details as possible. Still, there was noise, but at an acceptable level.
Let´s keep the most important thing in mind, namely HD video capture. Camera, light, action! Do we have the previously promised 24 frames per second? Yes, we do. What about colors? Pretty good, although brightness is a bit excessive. Quality of details? On par, especially for cell phone camera. Camera delivers stellar performance as you can see for yourself by clicking the link below.
Samsung OMNIA HD i8910 sample video at 1280x720 pixel resolution..
*Note that due to codecs support, you may not be able to play the file.
** Keep in mind that the video file is about 22MB.
You can take a look at all captured videos and snapshots in the Gallery. Moreover, uploading content from there on popular Internet services is but a few screen taps away. You´ve got support for Facebook, Picasa, Flickr, Photobucket, Friendster and MySpace. Starting any of these requires that you enter username and password the first time, but then you are good to go and start sharing.
Aside from the Gallery itself, you also have MediaBrowser that looks very much like the Samsung Pixon´s Photo Browser and shows you all available pictures, snapshots and video files. We really dig that you can use the accelerometer to switch between files without touching the screen at all. Airs and graces are fine art as they say.
You don´t think we are about to get down to video playback right away, do you? It´s the icing on the cake and is best served last. Let´s talk about the music player. Starting it you find yourself in its main menu that offers a number of filtering options. A nice looking interface that features large buttons pops us whenever you start a song. You can almost immediately notice the 5.1 channel sound option that is only available if you have your headset plugged in. Several equalizer presets and a few sound effects are also available. Now, that was the boring part about the music player. Turning the phone aside gets you to a wonderland. Not literally, of course, but you are taken to an interface that looks a whole lot different. It shows you all covers and art of any album you have and you can navigate through the content by sliding your finger sideways, just like Cover Flow on the iPhone. Once you´ve selected an album, you remain in the same interface and a song list appears on the right to your album cover image. We do like the function and are glad Samsung have decided to lend some color to the music player.
In addition, you have RDS FM radio that sports a simple interface in pleasing colors, all in character with Samsung. What we like most here is you can actually record radio broadcasts while listening. If the radio is playing something you like, why not just record it and have it at hand later?
The sound coming out of the stereo speakers is loud, even if less than what Nokia 5800 offers. The audio quality, however, is great. Our phone didn´t come with a headset, but we are as far from being disturbed as it gets simply because you can always use the 3.5 mm. jack. We plugged in a pair of decent quality headphones and evidenced grand sound quality and medium loudness. We have seen phones with louder sound, say the Sony Ericsson W980 and (again) the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic.
Now, we´ve just made it to the most thrilling part. We suspect most of you left out the previous pages, but we can live with that. Both Samsung Pixon and Samsung INNOV8 are great performers when it comes to watching videos since either features DivX and Xvid support. The Samsung OMNIA i8910 is head and shoulders above them though, since it´s capable of playing content in HD resolution (720p). Watching videos on its 3.7-inch display is breathtaking experience that we can hardly put into words. Colors are vivid and saturated, while artifacts are almost nonexistent. Stuttering, sluggishness or skipping frames? You have to be joking, right? None! Simply perfect. Cheers!
Truth be told, there is no point in converting videos at greater resolutions than the one the screen features (640x360) if you are intent on seeing movies on your phone. HD files come in handy if you connect the phone to a HD TV set through Wi-Fi DLNA module.
Well, there is more. Aside from the standard Symbian OS RealPlayer, you can also watch videos with a preinstalled piece of software going by the name VideoPlayer that also supports subtitles. It scans the memory of the phone on first run; all video files found are then displayed on a vertical scroll list. When you starting a video, a pleasing, simplified interface shows up and we do like it better to RealPlayer.
Aside from the standard Symbian OS RealPlayer, Samsung OMNIA HD i8910 has a preinstalled VideoPlayer that also supports subtitles
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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