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Samsung OmniaLITE B7300 Review

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Windows Mobile 6.5 may be quite far from perfect, but is certainly the best Windows Mobile edition to date. If you need the functionality of this particular operating system, the Samsung OmniaLITE B7300 is a great option really. Not just because it runs WM 6.5, but because its runs it REALLY WELL. The software is properly optimized and we can say the OmniaLITE is by far one of the fastest Windows phones we have used. Nothing like the Acer beTouch E200 really. Well, the HTC Touch2 is almost as snappy, but still, the OmniaLITE has an edge over it.

When it comes to personalization, however, Samsung´s device is light years ahead of its rivals. You get the typical TouchWiz home screen, but you can also activate the rest of the interface functionality if you wish. Even if you leave the feature inactive, you can always start the personalized main menu with the Menu button on the left hand side of the phone.

Standard main menu - Samsung OmniaLITE B7300 Review
Personalized main menu - Samsung OmniaLITE B7300 Review

Standard main menu

Personalized main menu

Home screen - Samsung OmniaLITE B7300 Review
Home screen - Samsung OmniaLITE B7300 Review

Home screen



Unlike HTC and Acer, Samsung has loaded its budget phone with its own versions of almost all applications. For starters, the phonebook looks really nice and optimized for bare fingers. Scrolling up and down between the entries feels smooth and adding a contact is as easy as ABC.

The phonebook of the Samsung OmniaLITE B7300 - Samsung OmniaLITE B7300 Review
The phonebook of the Samsung OmniaLITE B7300 - Samsung OmniaLITE B7300 Review
Adding a contact - The phonebook of the Samsung OmniaLITE B7300 - Samsung OmniaLITE B7300 Review
  

Adding a contact

The phonebook of the Samsung OmniaLITE B7300



The messaging application sports really handy interface that will allow you to simultaneously handle several accounts with ease. It comes with automated email setup for Gmail, Yahoo! and AOL. You will have to manually enter all relative settings if you happen to use another service provider, which is not a problem really, thanks to the handy QWERTY keyboard.

Messaging app - Samsung OmniaLITE B7300 Review
Messaging app - Samsung OmniaLITE B7300 Review
Messaging app - Samsung OmniaLITE B7300 Review
Messaging app - Samsung OmniaLITE B7300 Review

Messaging app



The list of personalized applications includes multimedia player, calendar, alarms, settings, file manager, Java emulator, task manager, etc. It´s worth mentioning the calendar is a great app that offers daily, weekly, monthly and to-do note overviews. Of course, the phone ships with Office Mobile and Adobe Reader LE.

Calendar - Samsung OmniaLITE B7300 Review
Samsung OmniaLITE B7300 Review
Alarm - Samsung OmniaLITE B7300 Review
File Manager - Samsung OmniaLITE B7300 Review

Calendar

 

Alarm

File Manager


Task Manager - Samsung OmniaLITE B7300 Review
Word - Samsung OmniaLITE B7300 Review
Excel - Samsung OmniaLITE B7300 Review
Adobe PDF - Samsung OmniaLITE B7300 Review

Task Manager

Word

Excel

Adobe PDF



Internet Explorer - Surfing the internet with the Samsung OmniaLITE B7300 - Samsung OmniaLITE B7300 Review
Internet Explorer - Surfing the internet with the Samsung OmniaLITE B7300 - Samsung OmniaLITE B7300 Review

Internet Explorer

Opera Mobile - Surfing the internet with the Samsung OmniaLITE B7300 - Samsung OmniaLITE B7300 Review
Opera Mobile - Surfing the internet with the Samsung OmniaLITE B7300 - Samsung OmniaLITE B7300 Review

Opera Mobile

Surfing the internet with the Samsung OmniaLITE B7300

What you also get with the handset is the standard Facebook app for Windows Mobile as well as MSN Weather and MSN Money.

The Samsung OmniaLITE B7300 comes with two different browsers – Internet Explorer 6 and Opera Mobile. The former works without a hitch and is actually usable, but we would rather use Opera Mobile instead, because scrolling pages on it feels smoother, plus you can zoom with either double taps or single touch. Browsing pages on the OmniaLITE feels more pleasing than on the Touch2, thanks to the larger screen and higher resolution.

Of course, you need fast connectivity to relish proper browsing experience and the handset features both Wi-Fi and HSDPA 3.6 Mbit/s..




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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. drakkus (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 Aug 2009)


No virtual landscape qwerty? I really want to confirm it, though i have seen the review at gsmarena where they say it doesn't have one....

posted on 09 Nov 2009, 01:35

2. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 238; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)


Hello! The Samsung OmniaLITE has a landscape QWERTY keyboard. We didn't take a screenshot of it, but it does have one and it's pretty easy to use actually.

posted on 09 Nov 2009, 03:54

3. drakkus (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 Aug 2009)


Thx.. :) The thing was bugging me, as i was considering buying one for my lil brother...

posted on 13 Dec 2009, 05:51

5. rpsgc (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Dec 2009)


Whew! That's a relief. I was worried after reading GSMArena's review where they state it doesn't have a landscape QWERTY keyboard. "The problem is that the keyboard doesn't work in landscape mode, which makes typing on it quite a challenge."

posted on 05 Dec 2009, 04:59

4. djnn1743 (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


want to know if we can use or play UTube over Wi-Fi ? on this phone as some phones do not allow UTUBE over wi-fi. Please confirm as i need to buy this phone. thanks

posted on 31 Aug 2010, 21:31

6. proxy (unregistered)


I also wanted to know if this phone plays flash? like youtube and the like? thanks in advance

posted on 03 Nov 2010, 18:55

7. Le (unregistered)


Hi. Which is better:
LG Arena , Omnia Lite or Omnia 2???

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Samsung OmniaLITE B7300

Samsung OmniaLITE B7300

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 6.5
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Display3.0 inches, 240 x 400 pixels (155 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 800 MHz, Samsung SC36410 processor
128 MB RAM
Size4.21 x 2.04 x 0.51 inches
(107 x 51.8 x 12.9 mm)
3.63 oz  (103 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 11.33 hours talk time

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