Samsung OmniaPRO B7610 Review
Samsung OmniaPRO B7610 is an attempt at the very same things – enjoyable overall look and improved usability. Just like the Omnia II, it is a Windows phone personalized with Samsung´s TouchWiz 2.0 interface. Initially, the cell phone rolled out running Windows Mobile 6.1, but the manufacturer released a software update to version 6.5, plus recent units get cranked out featuring the latest OS edition. The Samsung OmniaPRO B7610 is a side-sliding device that sports full QWERTY keyboard, 3.5-inch high-resolution, touch-sensitive screen utilizing AMOLED technology, 5-megapixel camera with double LED flash, DivX and Xvid support, 800MHz processor and the mandatory (for all high-end devices) Wi-Fi, 3G, GPS etc. Samsung´s handset does have a lot to offer to people on the lookout for rich functionality and throws the gauntlet to the HTC Touch Pro2, its major and fiercest rival.
What´s in the box of the Samsung OmniaPRO B7610:
• The Samsung OmniaPRO B7610
• microUSB charger
• microUSB cable
• Stereo headset
• User guide
• Software CD
It´s been a while since business customers became demanding towards of not only functionality, but the overall appeal of their future smartphone. More than ever, they are interested in aspects like eye-riveting design and whether or not the handset fits their clothing and style etc. The Samsung OmniaPRO B7610 looks quite dainty and shiny and design-wise, follows in the footsteps of the Jet, Omnia II and other latest models of the manufacturer. No one would call the front side extremely attractive, but the back side is completely different cup of tea, the other face of the handset. The back panel is spectacular and features beautiful red, light-reflecting elements... it just looks awesome!
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The Samsung OmniaPRO B7610 is predominantly made of plastic that feels pleasing to touch, although we would have liked to see more metal elements than the single framing on the front side. Samsung´s device is slightly more compact than the HTC Touch Pro2, both in terms of overall size and weight. This is partly due to the nominally smaller display – it measures 3.5 inches as compared to the 3.6 inches of its rival (both utilize resistive technology and come with the same native resolution of 480x800 pixels). However, the AMOLED screen of the Samsung OmniaPRO B7610 delivers much more saturated and vivid colors than the TFT display of the HTC TouchPro2. It´s extremely bright in the dark and we do recommend that you not switch off the light sensitivity sensor unless you want to end up with severe headache and we mean literally. Unfortunately, however, the screen is almost unusable in direct sunlight. As a whole, it´s sensitivity is proper, although it sometimes fails to register your touch when you press its corners. The front side hosts other components as well - proximity sensor, video call camera and three large buttons that feel comfortable to press. Actually, that´s what we think about the keys on either side of the device as well.
We haven’t forgotten the Samsung OmniaPRO B7610 is equipped with full QWERTY keyboard. Its mechanism is tight and the phone opens and closes smoothly and easily. The keys are arranged in four rows, are large enough, have bright, white backlighting and pronounced travel. Everything seems at first glance, but we happen to have a gripe relating to the fact that pressing keys fails to get registered at times, especially when you type away fast. You can avoid the problem by slowing down and being more careful, but still, this spoils the good impression of the keyboard of the Samsung OmniaPRO B7610. We expected more from a high-end device like this and ultimately, we do prefer the HTC Touch Pro2 when it comes to texting.
1. rtimi26 (Posts: 41; Member since: 16 Mar 2009)
Oh my goodness, now I know that you guys are being biased, but I may be wrong. Unfortunately pocketnow has their own opinion so what can I say but compare your opinions and take what i like out of it
2. eokorie (Posts: 7; Member since: 17 Sep 2008)
I am really disappointed at this review. After comparing the Omina Pro and HTC Touch Pro2, I would take the Omnia Pro anyday. You say both phones have poor in-call quality but you give the HTC an 8 and the Omnia Pro a 4.5. The Omnia Pro literally beats the HTC Touch Pro 2 in several key areas. Processor, AMOLED, Internal Storage amongst other things. Nevermind, I will be taking this review with a pinch of salt. The photos & video taken with this certainly do look a lot better than the Touch Pro 2 and Touch HD2.
3. darkyogi (Posts: 3; Member since: 10 Oct 2009)
BIASED is the word , especially the hard words used against this device...I had Touch Pro and Touch Diamond and have seen Touch Pro 2 in action. Yes Samsung Touch Wiz has some ground to cover to meet Touch Flo 3D, espcially in speed; but that apart this handset beats Pro2 Black and Blue on sheer value for money. I am in India where the retail price differs by almost by 35%(Pro2 being the costlier of course) . Just for example if you want to open the windows folder in my device, it takes at least 5-8 seconds for HTC devices with 528 MHz processors whereas B7610 opens it in less than a second. I am no certified expert but i know what works for me. Better Camera, better build in memory, better expandable memory, better CPU, better multimedia, better screen and yes better keyboard where you make less mistakes because of fewer keys. Anyways....just expressing my experience ...
4. Schmao (Posts: 302; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)
This phone deserves more than a 7. Atleast an 8, like its brother the Omnia 2.
5. Hytch (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 Nov 2009)
Look, I like Samsung as much as the next person, but all you guys are being such fanbois. I think when you take into account the outright awesomeness of the HD2, the Omniapro pales in comparison, let's be honest. I think it deserves maximum an 7.5.
6. AAS (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Jan 2010)
It does not deserve a 8 and it doesn't deserve a 4.5. For me, it is a 5. I was a Omnia original user and love it for the large display, big storage, connectivity, slimness but except the stupid hanging stylus which I kept misplacing. When Omnia Pro B7610 was announced (as Omnia II Pro) and demonstrated at CommunicAsia tradeshow in Singapore in June 2009, I was so taken in by its AmoLED display, Windows Mobile 6.5 and most importantly the QWERTY keyboard and socketed stylus.I told myself I wouldn't go for other brand. Last 2 weeks, I landed my hand on it when it reaches Singapore and was also amazed by how easy and fast, I could with free Microsoft Myphone software transfer all my sms, contacts, etc from the original Omnia to the new Omnia B7610. My heart sank when after that the unit literally became retarded. The inttermittent hanging just render the unit unusable. A few hard reset and redoing the whole process yield the same result. A call to Samsung service center here shocked me. The customer service officer told me that it is "like that". If I am not happy about the performance, I can send to the service center. When I ask what else will they do differently, maybe a new firmware update, he said no, just check and maybe do a hard reset. That makes me fuming as the wait at the server center is easily 1 over hour. I decided to do my own troubleshooting. After disabling the sms transfer, the unit behave quite normally. Now, I need to always delete my sms to prevent it from getting too many. Is that how a business smartphone should be ? Another thing I found out was that it can read Chinese sms but unlike the original Omnia, I can no longer compose in Chinese. What a backward move for a business smartphone. It is "like that,normal", said the Samsung customer service center. The application like SMS sucks. Selecting a name to send to require more steps like the original Omnia. It will not search as I type the name. The scrolling to reach a name is frustrating. My conclusion is Samsung knew but it just doesn't care. Having said the above negative, I really love the AMOLED screen,the camera and the QWERTY keyboard. Is Samsung listening ?
7. rolandojtorres (unregistered)
JA JA JA The Omnia Pro literally beats the HTC Touch Pro 2 in several key areas. Processor, dedicated graphics accelerator, AMOLED, Internal Storage, Video 720x480x30 fps, Photos 5Mpx, image stabilization, panorama shot, Photo/video editor, additional microphone, amongst other things. HTC sponsor you?