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Samsung Omnia 7 Review

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Samsung Omnia 7 Review
We are not blown away by the Samsung Omnia 7's phone functionality. In fact, we don't like how voices sound in its earpiece – mostly thin and not very loud. You can have a normal conversation of course, but if you find yourself in a noisier environment you might have a bit of a hard time in hearing your caller. On the other end of the line the situation is better, with callers rating us about 8/10 and having no significant complaints towards the call quality.

The Samsung Omnia 7 drains power from a 1500mAh Li-Ion battery, which the manufacturer claims to be capable of providing about 6 hours of talk-time or 14 days in standby mode, when using a 3G network.


Conclusion:

All in all, the Samsung Omnia 7 is a very feature-rich smartphone, which also comes in a dandy casing. Its almost all-metal body exudes a premium feel, while the stylish looks automatically make it a tempting offer that can easily compete with the rest of the initial Windows Phone 7 squadron.

Hardware-wise, it is the same as any other WP7 device right now with a 1GHz Snapdragon chipset and a giant capacitive touchscreen. However, the display is of the Super AMOLED type, which helps it score some bonus points for having an incredibly high contrast and lush colors. And how can you take advantage of such a brilliant screen? Through (multi)media, of course! The display makes the Omnia 7 great for watching 720p videos, photos, explore websites, etc. On the other hand, bear in mind that smaller text is a bit harder to read than it is on an LCD screen, while the call quality is a disappointment.

As for the operating system the Samsung Omnia 7 runs, we are sure that it does have potential. It lacks some basic stuff like copy and paste, or true multitasking, but its fluidity and visual presentation make up for that for the most part, at least for the time being. Of course, there is a lot that can be done in order to make the overall experience better. For example, the Office capabilities should be much more advanced, while the available application base needs a significant boost, although we appreciate its decent start at 1000 titles. Support for turn-by-turn voice guidance is also needed.

With Microsoft setting some strict hardware rules, defining what a Windows Phone 7 should and should not be like, the Samsung Omnia 7 inevitably ends up being a top-shelf smartphone that sees competition only from the likes of the Apple iPhone 4, the Samsung Galaxy S line or HTC's EVO 4G (Desire HD for the EU). However, since these are all devices with similar capabilities, one will probably make a decision based on OS preference. As far as we are concerned, Windows Phone 7 is a market-ready OS, which has its pros and cons, but one thing is for sure – Microsoft will have a hard time popularizing it and making customers believe that it can be a worthy replacement of their iOS or Android phone. But then again, every beginning is hard.

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Pros

  • Brilliant Super AMOLED screen
  • Premium construction
  • Nicely-animated interface
  • Fine 5MP camera and usable LED flash

Cons

  • HD 720p video capture at only 24fps
  • Mediocre call quality
  • Windows Phone 7 is not as feature-rich as the competition
PhoneArena rating:
8.5
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posted on 26 Oct 2010, 09:51

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?

posted on 26 Oct 2010, 10:22

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? :)

thanks

posted on 28 Oct 2010, 10:14

3. Pio (unregistered)


Haha 8.5 ??!! In your opinion this phone is as good as Galaxy S ? Don't Make Me Laugh....

posted on 31 Oct 2010, 07:31

4. uui (unregistered)


why cant WP7 phones have a FWVGA (480x854) display?

posted on 03 Nov 2010, 06:05 1

5. debanks (unregistered)


if you are on Orange network, you can get HD call quality :)

posted on 09 Nov 2010, 20:14 2

6. codymws (Posts: 237; 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...

posted on 11 Mar 2011, 11:00

7. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)


Here's to hoping this will be on Verizon in May.

posted on 09 Apr 2011, 18:22

8. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)


Question, would I be able to use this device on 3G in the US?

posted on 14 Apr 2011, 08:52

9. Emman (unregistered)


yes, I used this on straighttalk (AtT)

posted on 20 Apr 2011, 20:52

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.

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 09:20

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 !!!

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 00:38

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):
http://www.cellularmaps.com/att_850_1900.shtml

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)
username:
password:

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.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 02:28

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.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 09:08

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.

posted on 13 Mar 2012, 02:31

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

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Samsung Omnia 7

Samsung Omnia 7

OS: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 QSD8250, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
Size4.82 x 2.53 x 0.43 inches
(122.4 x 64.2 x 11 mm)
4.87 oz  (138 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 8.66 hours talk time

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