Samsung OmniaPRO B7610 Review
With version 6.5, Microsoft has lent color to the ageing interface of Windows Mobile, but aside from the home screen and Start menu, everything else looks just as simple and antiquated as before. Samsung, however, has come up with its own solution to eliminate most innate shortcomings of the OS interface, called TouchWiz 2.0 that is a deeply penetrating personalization pack. As we have already seen with the Samsung Omnia II, there is virtually nothing to tip you off you´re using a Windows Mobile phone, except for the Start button in the upper left corner that calls up the standard Start menu. The manufacturer has fallen over backwards to modify the face of almost every single menu. The interface is finger friendly and the fact that everything is colourful and motley is a clear sign the interface has been made by none other but Samsung.
Typical of TouchWiz, the home screen consists of three separate parts and where you can place various widgets for, say, access to Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Flickr, Picasa or select stock market indices. Unlike the Omnia II, there is a W&L (Work and Life) button on the left side of the Samsung OmniaPRO B7610 that allows you to quickly switch between two interface modes – one better suited for your pastime and one tailored for work. The function reminds us of Nokia´s latest E-Series handsets (the E75, E72, E71, E66 etc.). Both modes can be personalized to your own taste with different themes, can visualize varying information etc.
Opening the slider switches the interface to landscape mode and automatically starts the Composer menu featuring shortcuts to the search function, messages, emails, calendar and notes. This is something we do like and know from the HTC Touch Pro. Of course, you can turn it off anytime or simply use the OS interface in portrait mode in case you don’t share our opinion.
In a nutshell, TouchWiz 2.0 looks better and sports larger buttons than the standard OS interface, but comes with certain disadvantages as well. It´s not the first time we´ve said we aren´t eager fans of widgets. Most of the preinstalled ones are boring, because they lack interactivity and are nothing more than shortcuts to various functions and web pages (social networks). Moreover, Samsung´s interface is exceptionally sluggish, despite the snappy hardware components of the device and it´s such a shame the phone lags no matter what you do.
Organizer, e-mail and Office functionality:
As with everything else, Samsung has stamped their personality on the PIM applications as well. The calendar is large, finger friendly and you´ve got dedicated tabs for monthly, weekly, daily and agenda views located at the top. Smart Memo is improved version of Notes that allows users to draw with their fingers, type in using the on-screen keyboard and attach voice recordings, sounds and images. There are certain aspects that Samsung can definitely improve on, though. The contact list is easy to navigate, completely revamped and features tabs for your phonebook, categories, speed dial and favourites. Sadly, the Tasks application is unaltered. In fact, the standard WinMo apps for Contacts, Notes, Calendar, Task Manager and a few others are available under Edit via the main menu. Why would anyone want to use any of them is beyond us, given Samsung´s versions are far superior in every respect.
messaging, we are really glad to see Samsung provides the same on-screen keyboard we know from the Omnia II. The manufacturer has redesigned the app, but its functionality remains unchanged. All told, Windows Mobile is truly capable text messaging system. The phone doesn’t come with preinstalled chat clients, but you can always install as many as you feel like.
Working with Office 2007 documents is not a problem at all on the OmniaPRO B7610 and you can open and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint files. Adobe Reader LE 2.5 comes preloaded, so you shouldn’t encounter any issues with PDF files either.
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?