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Samsung Omnia W Preview

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Our Samsung Omnia W Review is now published - click here to read it.

Samsung Omnia W Preview
Introduction:

Samsung Omnia W is part of the second batch of Windows Phones that are about to hit the market in time for the holidays, and judging by the “W” in the title, it is supposed to fit in the midrange spectrum of Samsung's WP portfolio.

The handset might actually be the Europe/Asia version of the Samsung Focus Flash for AT&T, as it sports the same 3.7” Super AMOLED display, 1.4GHz processor, 8GB of storage and 5MP camera with LED flash.

These specs, however, place it in the upper mid-range category, plus the handset runs the latest version of Windows Phone and sports a brushed metallic back cover. Are these features enticing enough to jump on the Mango gravy train? Read our preview to find out...


Design:

The Samsung Omnia W is a compact little handset save for the 0.43” (10.9 mm) profile, which is still decent. It is also very light at 4.07 oz (115 g), despite the metal element in the back cover, and pretty comfortable to hold and operate with one hand thanks to the tapered edges and the reasonably-sized screen.

The Samsung Omnia W is a compact little handset - Samsung Omnia W Preview
The Samsung Omnia W is a compact little handset - Samsung Omnia W Preview
The Samsung Omnia W is a compact little handset - Samsung Omnia W Preview

The Samsung Omnia W is a compact little handset


The 3.7” Super AMOLED (not Plus) display is a good differentiator among the other new Windows Phone handsets that are about to flood the market soon. Its nice, saturated colors are quite appealing. The 480x800 pixels resolution should result in 252ppi pixel density, which is quite good, but due to the Pentile matrix, it is way less.

The display sports the usual for AMOLEDs pitch blacks, high contrast and very good viewing angles, but the colors displayed are on the colder side, again something that seems inherent to Super AMOLEDs, making white appear blueish.

Samsung Omnia W Preview
Front facing camera - Samsung Omnia W Preview
Buttons below the display - Samsung Omnia W Preview
 

Front facing camera

Buttons below the display


Overall the design of the Samsung Omnia W doesn't stray away from the Windows Phone guidelines, offering the obligatory three navigational keys below the screen, with a physical Home button, and a dedicated camera key plus LED flash to accompany the 5MP shooter on the back. The chassis is a tad bland but pleasant to hold and look at, and if the phone was offered in other colors than black it would even be a looker.

Volume key on the left - Samsung Omnia W Preview
3.5mm jack on top - Samsung Omnia W Preview
Power and camera keys on the right - Samsung Omnia W Preview
microUSB port on the bottom - Samsung Omnia W Preview

Volume key on the left

3.5mm jack on top

Power and camera keys on the right

microUSB port on the bottom


Back - Samsung Omnia W Preview
Camera - Samsung Omnia W Preview
Battery compartment - Samsung Omnia W Preview

Back

Camera

Battery compartment



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posted on 13 Oct 2011, 08:59

1. Mube1 (Posts: 153; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Nice preview

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 09:43

2. fleanote (Posts: 50; Member since: 14 Jan 2011)


If anyone who works for MS reads this, just know I am a huge fan of WinMo, but I really don't like teh 10% loss in home screen space to put the ARROW movement in. Make a capacitive button, or a swiping gesture to get there, but dont give me a 3.5/4" screen and then rob me of 10% of the usable space when I look down at it. Its a major detractor in a new world of big bold screens from other makers.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 10:24 1

3. Axial (unregistered)


You can swipe to get to apps already...

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 11:44 1

4. Shohid (unregistered)


Great phone for first dabble in wp7. Seems better specked than the htc radar

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 19:01

5. Hi (unregistered)


Am i the only person that dislike Windows Phone 'retro' style ?

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 21:32

6. gragonHDfones (unregistered)


RETRO STYLE??? wtf? i don't think so. samsung is the one that designed the phone

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 04:37

8. Eingild (Posts: 203; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)


You owned him. :))

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 04:36 1

7. Eingild (Posts: 203; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)


Retro? Maybe you mean "metro UI". Lol.

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 16:49

9. Zeroadhesion (unregistered)


Пич, от къде докопа телефона? :D Това Варна ли е?

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 23:12

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


PhoneArena! I keep checking your website everyday for a HTC Titan review! Please review it soon, thanks!

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 20:28 1

11. Axial (unregistered)


I prefer the square-bodied, mostly aluminum with some polycarbonate construction on the Omnia 7. Very business-like. Honestly, I think sometimes they should save a little on R&D by just refreshing old phones. All they need to do is upgrade the SoC (for 1.4GHz and HSDPA 14.4+) and slap a front-facing camera on the Omnia 7 and I'd buy it again. Oh, and give me a 10% grey tile colour option.

In my unprofessional opinion, the Omnia 7 was in a league apart from the other first generation WP7 devices, and I've messed with them all before making my purchase. The closest phone to doing so was the HTC Trophy, because 3.8" to 4.0" is the perfect size for WP7, because it had a superbly sturdy build, because it wasn't overly huge (like the Surround), and because of the SRS sound enhancements. Camera was a let-down, however. You might call me an Omnia 7 fanboy, but I am for good reason. I want all of the WP7 devices to have the fit and finish of the Omnia 7. Nokia is looking like it will able to top it.

Oh, and the Omnia W is not tri-band like its predecessor. That means it is no-go for 3G in the USA on any network.

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Samsung Omnia W

Samsung Omnia W

OS: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
view full specs
Display3.7 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (252 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 1400 MHz
512 MB RAM
Size4.57 x 2.31 x 0.43 inches
(116 x 58.8 x 10.9 mm)
4.07 oz  (115 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 14 hours talk time

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