Samsung Omnia 7 Review
The People Hub plays the role of a phonebook in the Samsung Omnia 7. First, you naturally have a list with your contacts. In addition to your SIM and phone contacts, here you can also integrate people from Facebook, Windows Live, Outlook or Google. Fortunately, Facebook contacts automatically get their profile pictures assigned to make your phonebook a bit more colorful and enjoyable.
Windows Phone 7's integration with Facebook continues as you select a certain contact. For instance, you can easily write on this person's wall or check what's new with them, including new images that they have uploaded, as well as the latest activity.
You can enter a lot of info about a contact, but the available options are not as great as they were in Windows Mobile. Anyway, we doubt that someone would actually miss the option of storing the names of the children of the neighbor of your contact's daughter-in-law.
Contacts, like most other things in WP7, can also be added directly to the home screen of the Samsung Omnia 7 for lightning quick access to them.
As a whole, we appreciate the integration with Facebook, as it provides the users with some deep functionality and at the same time doesn't clutter the interface. It also shows Microsoft's willingness to make a more consumer-oriented OS out of Windows Phone 7.
There's not much to say about regular messaging in Windows Phone 7. It is probably as good as it gets with your text correspondences displayed in threaded view, while options like adding additional recipients or media files are just a tap away.
The email client works great. As soon as you've entered your account details, your emails start to populate the app. Everything works buttery smooth. Unfortunately, you do not get a universal inbox like in bada or iOS, so your different inboxes are displayed as separate apps/tiles. However, this isn't much of an inconvenience with the Samsung Omnia 7's high-speed performance. Emails, of course, are visualized in HTML so that you don't miss any of the content.
The Calendar is completely in line with the overall clean look of the operating system. You can synchronize it with Windows Live, multiple Exchange ActiveSync accounts and Google Calendar, with the latter having to go through an Exchange server as well. It is a good touch that you can color-code your different calendars for better organization. Adding an appointment while in Day view is very easy. Similarly to Android, you only have to select the desired hour, then input a subject, some other note if you wish, and you're all set.
Another basic, yet always crucial feature of every phone is the Alarm. Setting an alarm just couldn't be easier than what you get in Windows Phone 7, and thanks to the nicely animated interface it is also a fun thing to do.
The Samsung Omnia 7 is stuffed with other ordinary features like a calculator, but for additional productivity tools you'll have to check the Marketplace.
Internet and Connectivity:
The Samsung Omnia 7 is naturally loaded with the latest iteration of Internet Explorer Mobile, and we are happy to report that this time the guys from Redmond have done a terrific job with their mobile web browsing solution.
Completely in line with the latest and greatest achievements in the area, the new Internet Explorer delivers fast loading times and buttery smooth scrolling. The same goes for zooming, which you can do by either double-tapping or using pinch-to-zoom. Both options work flawlessly, with double-tap being very accurate, more so than on Android, and about equal to what you get on the iPhone.
The user interface is also an important part of a mobile internet browser though. There are good and bad things we can say about the one of the new Internet Explorer. First off, we don't like that there is no full-screen option in portrait mode. Fortunately, you can view web pages in full-screen when in landscape mode, but then another issue arises. There is no address bar at the top, meaning that you have to return to portrait mode to enter a new web address. This isn't a big deal, since switching orientations is very snappy, but still we cannot see a clear reason why they didn't put a simple address bar at the top of the page. However, Safari isn't without its issues either, as it lack a full-screen mode whatsoever.
Internet Explorer lacks Flash or Silverlight support, which is on one hand unpleasant, but on the other, it guarantees its flawless operation, so we can live without it. Android has the advantage here, but we shouldn't forget the fact that scrolling when a Flash element is present is far from smooth in Google's OS.
The Samsung Omnia 7 is of course full of radios, including quad-band 2G, tri-band 3G (900/1900/2100MHz), Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1. It also sports a GPS with support for A-GPS.
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