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Samsung Omnia II I8000 Review

0. phoneArena 04 Aug 2009, 08:46 posted on

HTC set a standard for Windows Mobile customization with TouchFLO, and last year Samsung made their entry into the market with the TouchWiz UI touting Omnia. The Omnia II I8000 is now here, and a 2 has been added to the end of TouchWiz as well. This new Omnia is bigger and badder, with just about everything getting a refresh...

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posted on 25 Aug 2009, 21:56

28. Fresh Gear (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Jul 2009)


I think the Omnia II is really a great improvement from the previous Omnia, even compared to the HTC Touch Diamond II. I did a comprehensive review here with lots of screen shots and highlighting most of the programs that comes bundled in the PDA. http://freshgear.wordpress.com/2009/08/24/review-samsung-omnia-ii-8gb-gt-i8000/ Some feedback would be appreciated :) Regards, Kenneth Lim

posted on 26 Aug 2009, 18:26

29. Fair&Balanced (Posts: 31; Member since: 29 Jul 2009)


I wish all reviews everywhere would give a bit of detail about how much garbage is locked into the phone.... we all know carriers really screw up the phone with all types of garbage programs you can't delete and menus you can't clean up, but how about the unlocked full price version? For example, the ATT Samsung Impression is worthless because of all the ATT and Samsung garbage on the phone. The Nokia 5800 is much better, but still has a lot of Nokia garbage programs that are either "locked" or part of the "system". like, why can't you delete garbage games and facebook and all the other nonsense? Why lock crap onto a phone? So from now on, how about a quick paragraph on whether the unlocked retail version of the phone is worth buying considering the amount of junk you cannot delete. My experience with the ATT Impression is enough to scare me away from this Samsung phone not knowing how much of the crap we see on the sample menu pages we will have to wade through for the rest of our ownership period... after all, it's not like we can go to the corner store and diddle with an unlocked version of phones for a while..

posted on 27 Aug 2009, 17:27

30. xmguy (Posts: 38; Member since: 12 Feb 2009)


Any idea on cost?

posted on 01 Sep 2009, 19:30

31. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)


well dammit!!!!!!! scrap win mo and ur ok!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 22 Sep 2009, 11:57

32. rujhan (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Sep 2009)


AVOID THE OMNIA II AT ALL COSTS IF YOU INTEND TO USE ITS EMAIL!! Or am I the only Omnia owner who's having problems? The biggest problem is that it will lose HTML formatting when replying, and renders text in a single unreadable (almost) line. Even if Samsung manage to overcome this problem, I will still be unhappy because the other big problem is that Omnia's email client is just so darn uncomfortable to use. The colors are all wrong, pictures can't be displayed, fonts are either too big or too small, no scrolling sideways, attachments can't be opened. I've upgraded the firmware at the service center twice and the problems still persist. When I first got it, it can't even read MS Exchange emails but fortunately this problem was resolved after the first upgrade. I hope Samsung will allow Omnia II to run in PLAIN VANILLA MODE when WinMo 6.5 arrives. For now, the phone is safely locked in my drawer..

posted on 22 Oct 2009, 00:30

33. Lamesite (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Oct 2009)


The meaning of "Average" –noun Statistics. the mean obtained by adding several quantities together and dividing the sum by the number of quantities: the arithmetic mean of 1, 5, 2, and 8 is 4. Review scores- Design: 9, Display: 10, Camera: 8.5, Sound Quality: 8, Battery: 10, Connectivity: 9.5, Multimedia: 10, Organizer: 10. AVERAGE= 9.375.

posted on 27 Oct 2009, 04:31

34. mjpower4 (Posts: 7; Member since: 27 Oct 2009)


Tried this in Vodafone shop and it shapes up well and the lag is barely noticeable. Problem is no 8gb version available in UK at this stage only 2gb so will hang on or move to another device as wanted more memory. Samsung not much point saying its available in 2gb, 8gb and 16gb if you only supply in the base version - Disappointing

posted on 12 Nov 2009, 23:57

35. Occasion (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Nov 2009)


Yeah, i'm not sure why they're thinking! 2GB...is it kidding? So i may probably order the 8GB model online from asian! I saw the 8GB unlock version!http://www.warehouse123.com/store/product_information.php?pid=21362&ptext=Samsung-Omnia

posted on 03 Dec 2009, 14:24

39. Inu (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Dec 2009)


I think this is a typo more than anything, the avg. was 9.37.

posted on 27 Jan 2010, 11:12

40. drmin82 (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Jan 2010)


I have been using this phone for the last one week. I must say the phone is awesome Especially the sound and screen quality. The lag the phonarena people are talking about is not a problem if u install Mobile shell from "spbsoftwarehouse.com". Theres no lag when u use this software.

posted on 22 Mar 2010, 20:24

41. fortify (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Mar 2010)


It's important to provide as much clarification as possible. Omnia II running windows 6.1 lags. Running Windows 6.5 is actually much improved. I also added net compact framework 3.5 which improves on the OS stability and functionality.

posted on 23 Sep 2010, 15:18

42. trajedy (unregistered)


I bought my omnia II on the release date, and it was the best phone ever for the first couple months, then everything went to hell. menus were freezing, buttons were locking and disappearing, it started taking up to 10 minutes just to load into a menu, signal would drop to 0 and i had to remove the battery to get signal back, settings would randomly get erased, oh and lets not forget the time i thought "what the hell i have facebook mobile" and after disconnecting it would log back on to the internet every 2 minutes. It's a waste of time and money, and the software updates are not possible unless i hack my phone, in which case why the hell would i update it instead of putting linux on it and have no problems ever? i say to hell with this phone and this is the last straw with samsung devices, NEVER again will i buy any samsung products, as so far it seems as though they couldn't make a light switch work properly.

posted on 19 Nov 2010, 03:54

43. DB (unregistered)


What about the GPS system in Samsung Omina II?

posted on 18 Dec 2010, 14:01

45. Mirko (unregistered)


Junk. Will not work without a data plan regardless of the software you use.

posted on 18 Dec 2010, 14:00

44. Mirko (unregistered)


I bought this phone a little under a year ago. It is a piece of junk. It lags non stop, no matter what you try to do and has since day one. Even flipping through the menu screen it lags. Even texting will lag the phone.

The best part is that it won't even turn on now. The little windows logo just spins and spins and then freezes. I have to restart it a good 5-10 times.

It doesn't like to stay connected to bluetooth head sets. I have tried multiple ones so it isn't a headset problem.

I will never buy another Samsung phone in my life. Same goes for a windows OS phone.

posted on 30 May 2011, 17:09

46. Daryl (unregistered)


I had this phone for 6 months and it was JUNK! The memory was used up, and the phone wouldn't let me delete anything to free it up. Took it to the Verizon Store, and they told me to get a new one because it was junk! I knew as soon as I saw it was a Windows phone I should have returned it. As the review says Lag, Lag, Lag is dead on. This thing is about as fast as a Dog with 3 broken legs. Total Piece of garbage Do NOT buy!!!

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