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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.

Camera:

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.

Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Omnia W - Samsung Omnia W Preview
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Omnia W - Samsung Omnia W Preview
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Omnia W - Samsung Omnia W Preview
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Omnia W - Samsung Omnia W Preview
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Omnia W - Samsung Omnia W Preview
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Omnia W - Samsung Omnia W Preview
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Omnia W - Samsung Omnia W Preview
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Omnia W - Samsung Omnia W Preview

Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Omnia W


Strong - Indoor samples - Samsung Omnia W Preview
Medium - Indoor samples - Samsung Omnia W Preview
Low light - Indoor samples - Samsung Omnia W Preview
Darkness - Indoor samples - Samsung Omnia W Preview

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Indoor samples



Samsung Omnia W Sample Video:



Samsung Omnia W Indoor Sample Video:




Before Mango the video settings defaulted to VGA resolution each time we exited the camera interface, which was annoying, but now you have an option to save your camera settings and enter directly into the last setup.


Multimedia:

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.

Music+Videos hub - Samsung Omnia W Preview
Music+Videos hub - Samsung Omnia W Preview
Music+Videos hub - Samsung Omnia W Preview
Music+Videos hub - Samsung Omnia W Preview

Music+Videos hub


Watching videos on the Samsung Omnia W - Samsung Omnia W Preview

Watching videos on the Samsung Omnia W



Expectations:

Samsung Omnia W Preview
Windows Phone 7.5 Mango is a great update to a  promising mobile OS, while the 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.


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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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