Samsung OmniaPRO B7330 Review
The microphone picks up your voice well while on a call and callers found us easy to understand. The ear-piece, however, gave a slightly muffled and noisy treble reproduction which left voices sounding flat and lifeless.
Battery life was excellent, the 1500mAh cell pushing the device out to 2-3 days of moderate use, without charging; a pleasant rarity on a smartphone.
Performance and Conclusion:
The Samsung OmniaPRO B7330 seems generally quite a nippy and responsive device, but was constantly dogged with what we presume are Windows Mobile related hang-ups with the device freezing for seconds at a time. Indeed, it’s really a tale of two halves; bar a few caveats, we have a strong piece of hardware; well laid out, attractive and modern, however, the software is often confusing, plain and old fashioned.
Ultimately, any positive feelings we have for this phone are spoilt by the knowledge that it could have been so much more. Targeted at the business professional, the Samsung OmniaPRO B7330 has to rate as a strong contender but the BlackBerry 8520 or Nokia E72 serve just as well? Staying closer to home does the OmniaPRO B7330 do enough to differentiate itself against other WinMo devices? In our opinion it matches, but is not significantly better than devices like the HTC Snap or the Palm Treo Pro.
Ultimately, it seems the BlackBerry 8520 offers a stronger keyboard and the Nokia E72 has a far better build quality. Even lower end phones, such as the significantly cheaper E63, give the Samsung OmniaPRO B7330 a run for its money. At the time of this review the Nokia E71 is offering everything the OmniaPRO B7330 does and at around a $100 cheaper price point. Given the state of the economy that must be a more enticing proposition.
Samsung OmniaPRO B7330 video review
- Durable battery
- The QWERTY keyboard is usable
- Interface is responsive
- A bit of a cheap feeling
- Poor camera performance
- More of the same
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).