Hands on with Samsung's Omnia II

Hands on with Samsung's Omnia II
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Samsung took on the WinMo skinning game with the Omnia, and by all accounts it was relatively successful.  Their TouchWiz is arguably the best overlay this side of TouchFLO, and with customizable widgets it offers the user more control.  TouchWiz 2.0 is now here; we first saw it on the OmniaPRO and it also powers the Samsung Omnia II.  Its a fine UI, and we applaud Samsung for going deeper into the OS than HTC has, but it suffers from lag.  The 3.7" 480x800 AMOLED screen is downright gorgeous, and if it had 16m colors like the Pre or iPhone it would probably be the best display we've ever seen.  Instead we're stuck with a paltry 65k colors.  The plastic screen gives it a cheaper feel than the panel deserves.  The size is still good given the massive display, and it's thin enough to comfortably slip into your pocket.  Other features are as high end as you'd expect: 7.2 HSDPA, Wi-Fi, Opera Mobile, GPS, 5 megapixel camera with DVD quality video recording, DivX and XviD support and 8GB of internal storage with microSDHC expansion.  Overall a pretty solid package, but how will it stand up against the other super offerings of today's market?  Stay tuned for our full review soon!

Samsung Omnia II Specifications
Samsung Omnia II Review



1. panacea224

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 20, 2008

Looking forward to the full review of this beast. If it performs well overall it may be my next phone.

2. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

It's WM and it lags, that answers your question. I don't think it'll be as good as the TouchPro 2. Design wise, I think they should have gone with a matted back, I can picture the phone getting a bunch of scratches, though it does look better than the iPhone.

3. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

If any Omnia looked better than the iPhone, it would be the first Omnia and not this one. The first Omnia looks tons better than this one here.

4. mickuza

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 18, 2009

The first Omnia looks a little better than Omnia II. But the first Omnia has pretty sluggish touch screen. Even the Omnia Lite can perform better.

9. kvenderley

Posts: 31; Member since: Aug 09, 2009

YOU ARE SMOKIN CRACK! the original omnia was good, it look decent, but how can you saythe O2 doesnt look as good as the o1? wow thats the most ridiculous comment ive ever read! if they get the lag out of this phone, it puts the iphone to shame.

5. puggunit

Posts: 23; Member since: Jul 31, 2009

first omnia was pretty bad. I hope this one has a back button. Looks pretty serious though.

7. Striker13084

Posts: 128; Member since: Mar 30, 2009

if you knew how to use it you would know that there was.

8. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

I had the old omnia and still do actually, great peice of hardware, I re mapped by menu button on the top left to be my Back/Exit?close button, worked great. I just didnt like that they're were 2 contact list 1 generic and 1 made by samsung than they had the WinMo menu and A samsung Touchwiz menu...it just seemed non proprietary and to jumbled up...they should take lessons from iPhone OS or BB OS and see how fluid it all runs.

6. coussel

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 03, 2009

The Omnia i8910 HD (not called "Omnia" anymore) is a more powerful phone (same OMAP3 guts as iPhone 3gs). The Omnia II just uses an overclocked version of the ARM 11 like the Touch Pro 2. If you want a WinMo productivity phone, go with the Omnia Pro with a keyboard, if you want a media phone go with the Omnia HD, and if you want a game phone I guess iPhone 3GS is going to be tough to beat. (...Until Flash comes out for phones this winter!)

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