Samsung Omnia 7 Review
Undoubtedly, one of the most remarkable Windows Mobile phones was the Samsung Omnia. The device came with a 3.2” resistive screen and combined the OS's usefulness with some pretty impressive entertainment features in order to become one of the best smartphones for its time. It was released in the summer of 2008. A year later aboard came its direct successor, the Omnia II, which was a significant upgrade, thanks to a larger 3.7” AMOLED display (again resistive) and a new user interface called TouchWiz 2.0 to mask Windows Mobile 6's visual imperfections.
It is now a year later, and the time has come for Samsung to introduce the next device in this high-end series. No, it is not the Omnia 3. It's the Samsung Omnia 7, paying tribute to the brand new operating system it runs on – Windows Phone 7.
The Samsung Omnia 7 is a phone that's surely worth our while for a couple more reasons. First off, it has gotten an even bigger display compared to its predecessor, measuring exactly 4 inches of capacitive goodness, and secondly – it looks and feels better than ever. Having that said, there's a lot more at stake with the Samsung Omnia 7 than convincing us of its own abilities. Being one of the first WP7 devices, it is actually on a mission to convince us that Microsoft's new mobile OS is neither a letdown, nor a waste of time, but an inseparable part of the smartphone industry's future.
The Samsung Omnia 7 is a handset of notable size, and notable weight. Pick it up and you'll immediately feel the high-end nature of it. The manufacturer has used quality materials in its making and the result is a smartphone of great workmanship. Due to its large screen, you cannot navigate it easily with one hand only. When it comes to dimensions, the Omnia 7 is almost as big as the HD7 (which actually has a 4.3” screen), about the same size as the Galaxy S, and fairly bigger than the iPhone 4.
You can compare the Samsung Omnia 7 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.
As mentioned, the Samsung Omnia 7 features a great 4-inch capacitive touchscreen. It is protected by a very firm and smooth cover, and underneath it – a beautiful world of popping colors lives, courtesy of the Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 480x800 pixels. The contrast is simply amazing and plays very well to the interface's color schemes. As usual with Super AMOLED, viewing angles are near perfect, while outside visibility is decent, although not really... good.
The pixel density on the Omnia 7 is neither impressively high, nor dangerously low. It's just fine to deliver a crisp image. The touchscreen's responsiveness is perfect and we have no complaints about it whatsoever. We would recommend this display specifically to heavy multimedia users who enjoy lots of video and images on their phones, due to its great size and rich colors.
Moving forward, or in this case downward, below the screen we find three keys – physical Home button and capacitive Back and Search. The Home one is very usable and did not cause us any trouble, but we sure did press the touch-sensitive keys a few times by accident, which is always annoying.
Since the Samsung Omnia 7 is such a premium device, it is only natural that all other keys are easy to use as well. The left hand side is where we find the volume rocker, while the right edge houses the power/lock key and the two-stop camera shutter. On the top side are located the 3.5mm headset jack, along with the standard microUSB port, hidden by an extremely convenient sliding cover.
The almost all-metal back side of the Samsung Omnia 7 owns a 5MP camera with LED flash, a loudspeaker and easy to remove (but not by accident) battery cover.
Samsung Omnia 7 is a dandy piece of hardware. Its design is very streamlined and functional at the same time. Build quality and style have obviously been top priorities for Samsung, and as it seems the company has met its goals.
1. mishima (unregistered)
How bad is the voice / call quality? How would you rate it on a scale of 10? Do you think it can be fixed with a firmware update?
2. yves707 (unregistered)
i would be interested to something about audio quality when listening to music. the device has no equalizer and some say its very quiet...
does anyone know? :)
3. Pio (unregistered)
Haha 8.5 ??!! In your opinion this phone is as good as Galaxy S ? Don't Make Me Laugh....
4. uui (unregistered)
why cant WP7 phones have a FWVGA (480x854) display?
5. debanks (unregistered)
if you are on Orange network, you can get HD call quality :)
6. codymws (Posts: 235; Member since: 17 Jun 2010)
I really like the user interface of WP7, but I like the customizability of Android. But overall I'd probably choose WP7. If only they had this on Verizon in America...
Oh, and I really like the Start button on this phone...
7. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)
Here's to hoping this will be on Verizon in May.
8. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)
Question, would I be able to use this device on 3G in the US?
9. Emman (unregistered)
yes, I used this on straighttalk (AtT)
10. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)
Really? What area are you in? I've been hearing that the 3G is contingent upon location in the states.
11. chorith (unregistered)
can anyone give me some ideas of buying this omnia 7 or the Focus ?? cos now i am thinking of buying one of these phone !! thank ahead !!!
12. Axial (unregistered)
Alright, so here's the sit-rep of 3G data in the USA with this phone:
1. You have to make sure that you actually got the tri-band UMTS version, because there are reports of a dual-band version floating around that will not work in the USA at all for 3G.
2. After confirming that you have the tri-band version, you need to know which band it is that the USA supports: it's the UMTS 1900 band that you want.
3. Find a carrier that supports UMTS 1900: this means AT&T.
4. Make sure you are in a 1900 MHz area and not an 850 MHz-only area. Here is a map from 2008 (newest I could find):
5. Configure your APN settings: in WP7, flip to app menu > Settings > Cellular > button on bottom of page for APN. Input:
APN: "wap.cingular" (All small letters, no quotes)
Ta da! Now you have 3G in the USA with a Euro phone!
Note that 850 MHz is the old technology, and all new equipment erected since 2008 has been 1900 MHz, so there definitely is more 1900 MHz coverage than that map shows. The good thing about the phone being 1900 MHz-only in the USA means that it will ALWAYS access the faster of the two AT&T 3G bands, so you get notably better performance.
So there you have it. If you don't mind AT&T, pull the trigger. It's an excellent device and far superior to the chintzy Focus that Samsung saw fit to insult us with. I don't honestly know why they spent extra money on R&D for the Focus when it would have been cheaper to make a quad-band Omnia 7; it will sell itself.
13. Axial (unregistered)
Got a part backwards: new equipment has been mostly 850 MHz. Still, there should be more coverage than that map demonstrates. 1900 is the better performing, but 850 has the better penetration. Seeing that AT&T is often criticized for inferior coverage compared to VZW, it would make sense for them to put up more 850MHz.
14. tommyboy (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)
I have had this phone since last June. I can't wait for the contract to run out so I can be rid of it. t promises a lot but delivers little. Apps I wanted I can't have for some reason. It is difficult to hear people speaking when the phone. Difficult to find things on and has been a very dispiriting experience. Avoid this phone at all costs. There MUST be better out there somewhere.
15. samboycott (Posts: 11; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)
I saw this phone and the Nokia lumia, guys believe me this phone is so dull in front of a Lumia. Lumia looks very beautiful but this samsung omnia has a very much dull handrware and color. Omnia sucks