Samsung OmniaPRO B7610 Review
The Samsung OmniaPRO B7610 connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi or over 3G (HSDPA 7.2Mbps and HSUPA). The phone is equipped with Opera Mobile 9.5 (Opera beta 10 is already available) and the application is the default browser. Of course, you can always use Internet Explorer 6 that is standard with WM6.5, although we wouldn’t recommend that you do that, since Opera loads web pages much faster, especially the latest version (beta 10), not to mention its interface is more user-friendly and intuitive. Finally, you can zoom in on objects by keeping your finger pressed against the screen for a while. One of its few disadvantages as compared to IE6 is that scrolling is exceptionally sluggish.
The built-in GPS is fast and managed to pinpoint our location in 40 seconds after hardware reset and 3-4 seconds after software restart. The preinstalled navigational software of the Samsung OmniaPRO B7610 is the well-known Google Maps that requires active internet connection. It´s a capable application, but you can always install another one in case you don´t like it.
5-megapixel camera with double LED flash and we know its interface pretty well from the latest WM-based handsets of the manufacturer (Omnia II, OmniaLITE, Giorgio Armani B7620). It offers quite a few options, including face and smile detection, but lacks touch focus functionality. You won´t be wowed by the snapshot quality that is best described as a tiny bit above average. Taking a look at your pictures in full screen reveals occasional lack of enough details and slightly thin colors. The situation is not any better with images taken in artificial lighting conditions with the overall quality taking a nosedive, but at least the flash is up to its task. All told, snapshots taken in such conditions are not bad, but you need a stable hand to yield proper results.
The OmniaPRO B7610 is equipped with additional microphone that kicks in when you start shooting videos and the maximum video capture resolution is 720x480 pixels. Unfortunately, their quality is rather low, they don’t have enough details and look more like cartoons than actual clips. Take a look at the test content to see for yourself.
Samsung OmniaPRO B7610 sample video with 720x480 pixels resolution
When it comes to music and video playback, the Samsung OmniaPRO B7610 does shine. Who says suits aren’t entitled to entertainment? With this particular handset, they will certainly get tons of it. Right out of the box, the phone allows for playback of DivX, Xvid and H.264 files with maximum resolution of 720x480 pixels (limited by the software) and high bitrate (above 1,500 kbps). The default application is Samsung´s Media Player also known as The Touch Player on previous handsets of the manufacturer. Files coded in any of the three aforementioned formats play smoothly and playback is not plagued by stuttering issues or lack of sync between audio and video streams. As a whole, we are really pleased, but we do have a single gripe – the native resolution of the screen is slightly higher than the maximum supported video resolution, which equates to occasional image pixilation.
The same player is used for music playback and you can filter tracks by several criteria and apply various audio filters. The application looks pretty cool with the phone turned sideways to landscape mode. The boxed headset isolates the environmental noise and dun perfectly and delivers truly loud sound, but the audio quality is mediocre. The OmniaPRO B7610 is, however, equipped with 3.5mm jack, meaning you can plug in a better pair right away. The loudspeaker is rather weak and we strongly suggest that you avoid using it for listening to audio.
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?