Samsung OmniaPRO B7330 Review
The B7330 runs Windows Mobile 6.5 Standard edition. Standard edition means that we don’t have a touch screen to contend with but also that you cannot create new Word or Excel files on the phone unless you pay Microsoft through Windows Marketplace for the privilege.
The Samsung OmniaPRO B7330 also packs a home screen skin called WizPro which does a good job in exposing functionality and speeding up access to commonly used programs. The home button takes us to a cross media bar style of interface with items listed down the screen which can be selected with up and down on the d-pad and a scrolling list running horizontally along the bottom accessed with the left to right. The main screen gives you notifications of missed calls, appointments, etc. and is well thought out and useful.
The sideways navigation takes us through pages of shortcuts, an AccuWeather widget as well as links to social websites such as Facebook and MySpace. We also have pages dedicated to Yahoo! search, CNN news, music, contacts and photographs. Overall these features give the interface an air of the utility but lack any visual flair.
Samsung’s tagline is “Work smarter with Play in reach”; and the software and features we have are the typical suite of windows email, calendar and office utilities. Generally the software suite works well and gives good access and control of calls, emails and the like. Replying to messages is quick and easy and the phone dialler, which searches across names and numbers simultaneously, is a feature which should exist on all platforms. The spit and polish provided by Samsung does not extend to the standard applications however; and when composing an email or inputting a diary event you are still confronted by a sparse and feature light application that has changed little since early versions of Pocket PC.
Camera and Multimedia:
Moving onto the multimedia side of the Samsung OmniaPRO B7330; the music player can be populated through drag and drop onto the microSD card or through Microsoft’s ActiveSync program. The experience, although relatively painless, is basic. Music sound quality cannot really be appraised due to the lack of a 3.5mm headset jack, relegating you to the bundled headset. A shame as the sound through the bundled set is pretty good and would only improve with a ‘proper’ set of headphones.
Camera wise we have a 3.2MP autofocus sensor; the phone lacks a flash but the software side of the equation is actually well laid out and easy to use making accessing the camera’s features quick and easy. The camera application, however, was one of the worst offenders in terms of performance, sometimes taking 3-4 seconds to boot up and being slow to focus. Pictures, as you can see, are poor outdoors and worse indoors; this is certainly not a replacement for a point and shoot.
The video performance of the device was more than capable of belting out video files at, or below the device’s native resolution in .wmv format but suffered when we tried to play more demanding files. Things improve when using a third party program, such as CorePlayer, but the phone is never going to challenge a dedicated PMP in this area. Sound and picture quality on the Samsung OmniaPRO B7330’s screen was very good though.
Also present is Windows Marketplace for Mobile. In terms of design, it is a little below where the Android Market was on first release and a little above it in terms of usability. The Marketplace does at least offer screenshots of applications and purchases are tied to your Windows Live account. However, we found the store to be erratic and the applications to vary wildly in terms of quality.
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).