Samsung Omnia W Review
The Samsung Omnia W has all connectivity options a device of its class should have – 14.4Mbps HSDPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS, and FM Radio with RDS. There is no HDMI port for displaying photos and videos directly on a bigger screen, however. A big annoyance is that the phone doesn't have mass storage mode and you have to install Zune software for communicating with the device.
The GPS software is Bing Maps, and the chip located us for a minute and a half on cold start. Bing Maps has been updated to cover much more countries with detailed maps, and we liked the way it automatically switches to satellite view when you zoom onto the streets. .
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 taking footage. It was pretty gloomy when we took our sample shots, yet the camera managed to balance the color levels accurately. The amount of detail is quite sufficient and the digital noise is within an acceptable range. The only drawback that we notice is that moving objects appear slightly blurred, but despite that, we can say that outdoor photos look quite okay. When shooting under indoor lighting conditions, however, the camera seems to have troubles with the color balance, and the result is a predominant cold tone when the flash is off, and a yellowish hue when it is on. Details, on the other hand, are still sufficient for the photos to be usable.
records 720p HD video at 30 frames per second, and has several preset scene modes and effects you can apply to both the video and the stills. As far as video quality is concerned, footage taken in broad daylight is fluid and properly exposed. The microphone did a good job at capturing our voice clearly despite the plentiful amount of street noise. However, just as the case was when taking still images, the colors in videos taken indoors lean towards the cool side. Besides, plenty of digital noise became apparent when we dimmed down the lights.
Samsung Omnia W Sample Video:
Samsung Omnia W Indoor Sample Video:
The music player is with the famed Zune interface, and the Music+Videos hub now allows you to subscribe to and download podcasts, as well as to create your own playlists. 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. Sadly, the 6.67GB of user-available storage cannot be expanded, which means that you have to make a compromise over which albums from your music collection you should throw on the phone.
When we played back a 720p video sample in MPEG-4 format, we noticed that the audio was slightly lagging behind the image, which is strange considering that the phone should be able to handle 720p playback without any trouble. DivX or Xvid videos are not playable at all due to lack of codec support. Looking on the bright side, videos look great on the phone's Super AMOLED display.
1. Diego! posted on 30 Nov 2011, 06:22 1
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 posted on 30 Nov 2011, 06:27 2
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 posted on 30 Nov 2011, 06:30 2
lol same verdict as the lumia 800 :| another fail review
6. kainy posted on 30 Nov 2011, 07:01 0
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 posted on 30 Nov 2011, 10:41 0
why is that "pure bull" if it doesnt do anything much better than that 1 year old phones?
15. jackhammeR posted on 30 Nov 2011, 13:23 2
and android phones or iphone do?
4. jackhammeR posted on 30 Nov 2011, 06:42 4
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 posted on 30 Nov 2011, 07:51 2
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 posted on 30 Nov 2011, 08:27 4
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 posted on 30 Nov 2011, 06:54 3
PA is not completely anti-Windows. But sometimes dismal reviews like this makes me wanna think otherwise.
7. lubba posted on 30 Nov 2011, 07:36 0
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 posted on 30 Nov 2011, 07:56 0
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 posted on 30 Nov 2011, 10:31 0
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 posted on 30 Nov 2011, 12:34 3
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 posted on 30 Nov 2011, 12:39 3
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 posted on 30 Nov 2011, 18:04 0
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 posted on 30 Nov 2011, 21:43 2
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 posted on 30 Nov 2011, 18:18 2
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 posted on 30 Nov 2011, 18:43 1
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 posted on 01 Dec 2011, 08:06 0
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 posted on 01 Dec 2011, 08:12 0
"beside the os". i wonder if you say the same about ginngerbread
24. ngo2dd posted on 01 Dec 2011, 17:45 0
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 posted on 02 Dec 2011, 07:53 0
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 posted on 01 Dec 2011, 08:26 0
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 posted on 23 Feb 2012, 05:19 0
sometimes it feels like phonearena is getting biased to android smartphones ...
and they are do a unsatisfactory review of WP 7 ... :(
27. samboycott posted on 21 Mar 2012, 00:10 0
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.