Samsung OmniaPRO B7330 Review
Introduction and Design:
Upon opening the box to the Samsung OmniaPRO B7330 we are presented with a phone of extremely slick industrial design. The B7330 packs a surprisingly large 2.6” 320x320 display into its tiny frame and this sits above a nicely curved full QWERTY keyboard which is reminiscent of a shrunken down BlackBerry Bold layout. Pleasantly, the handset measures a thickness of under 11mm, a svelte full portrait QWERTY device festooned in glossy black plastic. The device is compact and, despite the inevitable fingerprint marks, attractive.
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The Samsung OmniaPRO B7330 has a d-pad for navigation, this being the non-touch variant of the Windows Mobile OS. Around it you’ll find the send and end keys, home and back, and two soft keys for context sensitive functions. The keys are nicely bevelled and matt plastic like the keyboard and are easy to locate and press. The only criticism we would have here, is that we continually pressed the start call button instead of the left soft key due to it’s positioning under the screen. The keyboard is a nicely tactile and well laid out QWERTY pad with two function keys for number entry. The keys are not spaced out as such, but are raised in such a way as to make typing fairly enjoyable; we say fairly, as if, like us you have larger thumbs then you may find that only finger nail typing will suffice, which slows down overall speed and accuracy. The phone has a volume rocker and USB charge/data port on the left and a microSD slot and camera shortcut key on the right.
Overall the phone is solid, feels good in the hand, with a nicely balanced weight and doesn’t suffer from any creaks or undue flex. It doesn’t quite feel like it’s worth the asking price, due to the acres of glossy plastic, that is so familiar from lower end Samsung devices, but general build quality is good.
1. ywolf (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Dec 2009)
The overall review says that OmniaPro B7330 is worse than Jack. How come? With the same amount of RAM and almost the same processor, one hangs up a lot while the other is snappy and has quick performance, according to PhoneArena's reviews. The Jack is praised for its 3.2 MP camera(is listed at Pros) while OmniaPro B7330 is nailed for the same(listed at Cons). I am confused as I am looking to buy a phone in the next two weeks and I have no access to test these two phones myself.
2. JamesB (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Dec 2009)
Hi, if you are referring to the Samsung BlackJack II, please bear in mind that this phone is several years old now. The Samsung BlackJack was a far more impressive and desirable phone at the time than the OmniaPro B7330, if the OmniaPro had been released two years ago it would have probably netted 8.5/10 or higher. Looking at the speed issue, your mileage may vary, but we found the Omnia generally quite responsive but it let itself down by unpredictable lagging and lock-ups. Clearly, these are the sort of issues which could be addressed by firmware upgrades or cooked ROMs but we can only review the finished device as supplied by the manufacturer. Camera wise, if you compare the sample shots from the Blackjack’s 2MP camera to the Omnia’s 3.2MP you will notice that they are very comparable. Given the progress of time we would have hoped for far better performance. Lastly, please bear in mind that 6.5/10 is by no means a poor mark and if you are happy with the idiosyncrasies of Windows Mobile you should be quite happy particularly if you can find the Omnia at a good discount.
3. ywolf (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Dec 2009)
Thanks James for your quick response. I apologize for not being more specific, but I was comparing OmniaPro B7330 to Samsung i637 (also known as Samsung Jack in the US). The i637 was launched in this summer and PhoneArena reviewed it and marked it 8 on June 11, 2009. Hardware wise, the two phones are almost identical. B7330 only adds FM analogue radio, more ROM, and a bigger screen (320x320). I was expecting B7330 to perform at least as i637 does. Sure this might not be the case so if possible I would really appreciate if PhoneArena cleared this up. Does i637 perform better than B7330? Is the camera (or the software that comes with) on i637 better than that on B7330? Again, on paper they are the same, but somehow PhoneArena noted them differently (at Pros and Cons).