Samsung Omnia W PreviewSamsung Omnia W
The 5MP shooter on the back of the Samsung Omnia W is accompanied by an LED flash, which also serves as a video light when making footage. The phone records 720p HD video at 30fps, and has several preset scene modes and effects you can apply to both the video and the stills.
Samsung Omnia W Indoor Sample Video:
The music player is with the famed Zune interface, and the Music+Videos hub now allows you to create playlists, also subscribe to and download podcasts, The Smart DJ song recommendation function, that was available only in the desktop Zune software or the Zune Player, can now be used directly on the phone. The phone plays MPEG-4 video files by default, up to 720p, which look vivid on the Super AMOLED display, but Windows Phone doesn't have DivX/Xvid codec support.
Samsung Omnia W runs it flawlessly with its 1.4GHz processor, and makes it look sparkling on account of the Super AMOLED display.
We’d like to see more distinctive elements in the design apart from the brushed metal part of the battery cover, but let’s not forget the handset is in the “W” category, which places it a block below the best, according to Samsung’s new titling scheme.
The Samsung Omnia W has every chance to become a bestseller Windows Phone if priced right. It is compact enough, with distinguishing features like the Super AMOLED screen, and runs the Mango update with its excellent hardware-accelerated browser like a charm, even on our prototype unit.
The Omnia W seems capable enough to meet most Android midrangers in terms of specs, and in terms of mobile OS is a better alternative than Symbian or Samsung's bada. Android has functional advantages over Windows Phone, so in the end it all comes down to personal preferences.
Samsung Omnia W Video Preview:
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.
3. Axial (unregistered)
You can swipe to get to apps already...
4. Shohid (unregistered)
Great phone for first dabble in wp7. Seems better specked than the htc radar
5. Hi (unregistered)
Am i the only person that dislike Windows Phone 'retro' style ?
6. gragonHDfones (unregistered)
RETRO STYLE??? wtf? i don't think so. samsung is the one that designed the phone
9. Zeroadhesion (unregistered)
Пич, от къде докопа телефона? :D Това Варна ли е?
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!
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.