Samsung Omnia W Review
As the case is with all Windows Phone devices, navigation on the Samsung Omnia W is nothing short of flawless. Zipping back and forth through the menus puts no strain whatsoever on the 1.4GHz single-core processor that powers the smartphone. Furthermore, every button and every tile that you touch responds instantly.
The smartphone comes with Windows Phone Mango out of the box, which means that you get multitasking, Internet Explorer 9, deeper than before social network integration, and a whole bunch of other tricks and features. You can swiftly switch between opened applications by holding down the Back button, which brings forth a side-by-side view of all running tasks where each one of them has its own snapshot. Unfortunately, while native apps resume instantly, third-party software lags a bit when being switched to, which is a flaw common for Mango handsets.
Besides all recent Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn updates from a specific contact with the respective photos, in the People hub you now have the History tab. It puts together all your communication venues with a contact – calls, text conversations, emails, and so on. The Me hub, on the other hand, is where you can post messages on social networks, update your status, and check in at your location.
The Calendar app also unifies your accounts in sub-calendars, which you can paint in different colors to tell them apart easily. And one of the greatest updates with Mango is better work with SkyDrive, the 25GB free cloud service by Microsoft – documents, photos and other media now sync seamlessly with SkyDrive. Speaking of documents, there are numerous improvements to Microsoft’s Office Mobile on the phone. For example, you can now mark several cells in Excel by dragging your finger down, plus you can now use the famed Autosum function afterward.
search button calls up Bing, but there you also have two new modes – a song recognition button, and QR code scanner, which also serves as OCR software to scan a page, and then translate it in different languages. The OCR is hit-or-miss, but they all are on mobile phones, you need a really good source of light and contrast on the page to recognize the text correctly.
The point is that all these little helpers are native for Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, and you don’t have to hit the app markets right away to pimp up your WP phone. This, along with the social networking integration are very good differentiators for a mobile OS that aims to become the third player in the Android-iOS race, since it can’t fight with the number of apps available, just with their native integration.
The simple-looking, but effective virtual keyboard on the 3.7-inch display is easy to use both in portrait and in landscape modes, making messaging a piece of cake. There is built-in spell checker, and nice little perks like a cursor popping up above the text box so you can easily drag it to where you want to make a correction. The minimalistic fashion of moving the cursor, marking and copying text make Android Gingerbread look downright crude in that respect.
The Messaging Hub now puts together in a conversation thread your texts, along with Facebook and Windows Live messages with a contact. The same thread view now goes on in the Email app, which also adds a common inbox for having all your accounts at one place.
While the Omnia W does not come with a ton of software pre-loaded by the manufacturer, it does have a few apps that might come in handy. AllShare is what you would use to stream media to another device over DLNA, while Photo Studio lets you do some basic image editing. You also get an elegant RSS reader called RSS Times, and the Fun Shot application, which is used to add some funky effects to the photos that you take. The most useful app of all, however, is the Now application, which is a blend between a weather, news, and stocks app, and even has its very own live tile to beautify your home screen.
1. Diego! (Posts: 504; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)
Nice review! But when are you going to review Samsung Focus S? I want to see that review A-S-A-P! LOL :)
2. stunningsid (Posts: 5; Member since: 20 Jun 2011)
ohh! come on phonearena....well your criteria
if its android..with above 4' inches screen...and dual core then its above 9
if its ios then its definitely 9.5
and rest of it 7.5
and for nokia below 7
3. deacz (Posts: 151; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)
lol same verdict as the lumia 800 :| another fail review
6. kainy (Posts: 165; Member since: 10 Aug 2011)
If you check the all scores of WP devices ... almost all of the first gen devices have better "review" score than Nokia Lumia 800 ... That's pure bull ...
12. elliotsilva (Posts: 11; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)
why is that "pure bull" if it doesnt do anything much better than that 1 year old phones?
4. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
To put it simply...PA just doesn't like Windows phone and they are mesmerized by IOS and the most powerful andro phones.
The most important factor is: NUMBERS. Bigger cpu, bigger amount of ram, bigger mpx, bigger SCREEN. Then phone is good.
Usability and real life performance are irrelevant.
8. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1047; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
I have to agree with you based on their reviews. My biggest complaint is that their reviews for windows phones all have different pros and cons yet they all get 7.5. Well not all windows phones are equal so why are they all getting the same score. Plus, who cares about specs. Any windows phone from last year can keep up with the Droid RAZR not including benchmark tests which don't even matter.
10. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
That's the point. I mean for most of the users (not counting geeks) this spec is more than enough.
What for more if I can get everything using this specs?
It's more introducing a new technologies and selling "better" and bigger phones, not better for average joe.
I really don't need quad core for silky smooth performance. And if system in a mobile phone (MOBILE PHONE!!!) needs such a raw power there's something wrong with it.
5. NilSeaman (Posts: 6; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)
PA is not completely anti-Windows. But sometimes dismal reviews like this makes me wanna think otherwise.
7. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
Research and trust user reviews. Not some one who is given a product to review. In the case with PA, they have show the obvious.
9. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Samsung (not only samsung of course, Nokia, Motorola, HTC) has showed many times that he can make phone which has no trouble at all with multimedia (videos playback and so on).
So, why in this newest phone there is such a problem?
The same goes to the audio quality. Can't they just use proper and checked technology?
Older units but much more better.
11. ReturningToNokia (Posts: 130; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)
For everyone commenting on the ratings that devices garner from PhoneArena, keep in mind that each device that has been reviewed has been reviewed by a different reviewer each and every time! Their opinions are going to vary, and each will list what they feel is a pro or con.
These reviews, when reviewed by a different person, with a different perspective, can't be expected to have the same comments, pros, or cons. It just so happens that each of the reviewers had an average score of 7.5 for these WP devices.
I like Windows Phone; I like the Dell Venue Pro; I like the Lumia 800; I am not a fan of the HTC Titan or the Samsung Focus S. Some love the Android OS, but don't like all models, or a particular skin. Some like Symbian, but not all Nokia devices are toyour each persons liking, for whatever reason....
13. snowgator (Posts: 3209; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
First of all, returning, I have read lots of your posts and understand you are a very good at judging devices on their own merits even if you have a preference. I repect your posts a lot.
However, a pattern is a pattern regardless who writes the reviews, and right now Phone Arena writers are in agreement on Windows Phones- no matter how much improved they are, they are inferior to Androids and the iPhone. All of the first generation WP's were rated in the 8.5 area. The Titan has an improved screen, an improved camera, a quicker processor, and Windows Mango added hundreds of new features and it is rated below the Surrond??? The Focus S has a better screen and all the new features, and it isn't better than the Focus? And in my opinion, the Focus S is a flawless experience, zero lag or hesitations.
Phone Arena is a great site and I won't botcott them or anything stupid like that. But WP's experience is equal to most droids, period end of story. Only some features set them apart. Rating every WP at 7.5 is just mailing in a review. Very little effort.
14. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
They just don't like Windows.
Just like you said. No matter how many improvements they will add, windows phone is "evil".
Look at Ip4S. I could say the level of add ons is almost the same as in Mango (against 7). And was rated higher.
I will be telling this to the very end (of me or PA:])...if device is smooth and handles everything perfectly why bother to put such a stupid con like: outdated hardware".
I think that this rapid progress messed people's heads.
16. ngo2dd (Posts: 781; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)
All you fanboy are so butthurt. No there is not a bias. The last 2 ios phone not 9.5. Android phone are mainly 8
19. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1047; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
Yeah maybe most androids don't get a 9.5 but some still do. So why would ALL of the Wp7s get a 7.5 rating?
Maybe PA thinks they're being funny by giving a device with mango(7.5) a rating of 7.5
And fanboy? We're not dissing on any other phones or saying Wp7 is the best. Just saying it can keep up with the best. Fanboys would never admit something like that.
17. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Yes, and I4s is mostly the same as 4 is. And get quite a high score.
I don't see any fanboy here.
Snowgator is right. Read carefully his post once again. Maybe you get a clue.
18. senbobaggins (Posts: 6; Member since: 22 May 2011)
Terrible review yet again. They believe this is a mid range phone, when in local phone shops they are selling first generation windows phones as high end devices. And what's with this 7.5 crap?? Something doesn't sit right with Phonearenas reviews for windows. This guy obviously just copied the review rating for Samsung omnia flash for the US. Judging by all the comments lately, you would hope phonearena might acknowledge that there seems to be unnecessary negativity toward windows phone.
20. ngo2dd (Posts: 781; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)
You fanboy are funny. Here are some window phone over 7.5 Arrive, Mozart, HD7, surround. So what do you people have to say. The new window phone are not that much better beside the upgrade OS.
21. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
"beside the os". i wonder if you say the same about ginngerbread
24. ngo2dd (Posts: 781; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)
But the android phone are a big upgrade from the last year model. They have more ram, higher resolution, faster and are dual core. Higher and better camera. So that is why they get higher school.
25. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
You know the reason hy? Because new android needs more power. This should justified the final higher score of android devices?
MS focus on deliver better performance and more ads on to WIndows. they don't have to put inside "bigger" hardware because system is silky smooth.
For me that is a progress. Not putting inside bigger hardware only because system needs it to be fluid.
23. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
I tried twice say something about ics as a comment to post above and it didn't work properly...PA you're doing something?:]
26. jy20051992 (Posts: 13; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)
sometimes it feels like phonearena is getting biased to android smartphones ...
and they are do a unsatisfactory review of WP 7 ... :(
27. samboycott (Posts: 11; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)
The phone looks so dull like all of its predecessors. why is samsung not changing the cheap material used for the body. It is so disgusting.