Remembering the Samsung Omnia



Once the Apple iPhone became a hit in 2007, companies started designing and producing touchscreen phones as a way to take on Apple's exciting new product. One such device came from Samsung in the form of a handset called the Samsung Omnia. Originally available overseas in July 2008 as an unlocked unit, it eventually came to Verizon four months later. Big Red surprised many by making few changes, even keeping the support for Wi-Fi connectivity. Verizon, of course, was not the most open of carriers at the time.

The Samsung Omnia featured a 3.2-inch resistive touchscreen, which means it worked based on applied pressure. At the time, this was a cheaper solution compared to the capacitive screen found on the iPhone, and a lot of iPhone copycats were using it. A capacitive display is based on the electrical conducting capabilities of the human finger. With a 240 x 400 resolution, the pixel density of the Omnia was 146ppi. To put that in perspective, today's high-end models carry 450 to 540 pixels per inch. A Marvell PXA312 processor powered the device, running at 624MHz. 128MB of RAM was inside along with 8GB of storage. Keeping the lights on was the job of a removable 1440mAh battery. A 5MP camera graced the back of the unit, and Windows Mobile Professional 6.1 was installed.

Opera Mobile was pre-loaded onto the phone which gave users one of the best mobile browsers available at the time. Thanks to the resistive screen, a stylus came with the phone which could be tied to the hook on the side of the Omnia. This was placed on the device just for this reason. Besides using a finger or the stylus, an optical mouse feature produced a virtual cursor that could be moved around the screen using a pad found on the front of the unit. The phone supported a number of different video files.

The Omnia had some interesting features including a widget bar that allowed users to scroll down a list of widgets, and drag them to the home screen. Omnia owners could make two different home screens; by using the accelerometer to turn the phone from portrait to landscape, a second home screen appeared on the display. 

The Samsung Omnia spawned a number of sequels including the Omnia II which launched in December 2009 with a larger 3.7-inch AMOLED screen carrying a 480 x 800 resolution.

The Samsung Omnia scored a "9" on our review, which you can check out by clicking on this link.


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28 Comments

1. tuminatr

Posts: 1126; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

I had one it was a horrible device

8. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

I had one too, really liked it. The Omnia was a great phone the 9 review was about right at the time.

12. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

The only omnia I liked was the omnia 7. The design is stunning and metal back is very nice to hold. It was super fast and way much better than its predecessors

11. Foxgabanna

Posts: 599; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

You are right that phone was trash.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31104; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

My first Samsung, and one of only two Verizon phones I had. The other was the BB Storm. Windows Mobile was not for me, and I ported my number back to AT&T and the iPhone.

3. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3139; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Had the VZW i910, the i920 Omnia 2 and the GSM i8000 Omnia 2. All were pretty good at the time and the i8000 had probably the best camera of the day. This was my introduction to TouchWiz and it sucked donkeydick back then. It was a resource hog on WinMo and even more so on Android later on.

4. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2389; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I think there were other phones that were in my opinion a better option for 2008: Blackberry Bold 9000 Sony Xperia X1 TMobile (HTC) G1 Nokia E71 In fact, I ended up buying the Nokia E71. I loved that device. Slim. Well built. Fluid OS.

6. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3139; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Had all 4 of those. The E71 was better, I agree, but the screen was so tiny that it made emails a chore. The X1 was abysmal in every way imaginable, the G1 Dream was, well, a beta device with no copy/paste or pinch-to-zoom. The Bold 9000 had the best keyboard EVER but I got tired of pulling out the trackball to clean it. The camera was also an afterthought.

7. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 599; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

plus 1,000,000 for having to remove that damn ball all the time.

5. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I had the omnia 2 and it was the worst device I've ever had. Even I would have preferred a dumb phone over it. It was extremely sluggish, the slowest phone ever. The combination of touchwiz and windows mobile was the worst. It didn't have any games at all. The camera was absolutely mediocre. Dust always kept on coming inside the screen

9. handsomparis

Posts: 122; Member since: Jun 11, 2015

I loved the omnia when i had it

10. jmonteiro829

Posts: 261; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

This phone had so much promise but it was a steaming turd once in the consumers hands.

13. baldilocks

Posts: 1516; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

I had the Samsung Eternity from AT&T. Was decent for its time.

14. jm405

Posts: 82; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

Compared to the Moto Q, the Omnia was great but that's not saying much. Lol. The Omnia was the last straw for me with Windows phones. No mas!

15. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

I miss the days when phones used to be from ChunkySlovakia. I mean imagine what a 10-12mm thick phone could hold? may be a bigger battery, camera? or more protection for the internals? Now we have to handle the phones like Easter eggs.

16. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

God...Why use the copycat phrase....iphonearena, Samsung had together with LG touch phones showed to the public before the release of the iPhone....

18. pegasso

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

I had Samsung Omnia B7320, and it looks nothing like iphone.

19. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_f700-1849.php Announced feb. 2007https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LG_Prada Announced feb. 2007, seen as early as in dec. 2006. How can they copy the iphone was announced 1 month before? Iphonearena you guys are so biased, its amazing.....

17. tedkord

Posts: 17365; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

"Once the Apple iPhone became a hit in 2007, companies started designing and producing touchscreen phones as a way to take on Apple's exciting new product." No.

26. willard12 unregistered

He meant to say "LG Prada", iF design award submission in September 2006. But, what do you expect? It's Alan F.

20. ebilcake

Posts: 1230; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

No, the only one I remember from 2009 was the Omnia HD i8910. One of the first phones with HD video recording, although it took a few custom roms to before the framerate was stable.

21. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"Once the Apple iPhone became a hit in 2007, companies started designing and producing touchscreen phones as a way to take on Apple's exciting new product." But the first iPhone copied the LG Prada's design!

23. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

no... because this article is just another PA's daily jab for samsung

27. willard12 unregistered

...and the Prada had a capacitive touch screen.

22. drunkenjay

Posts: 1678; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

I hated that phone. i predfered the normal flips and sliders back in the days.

24. structureman116

Posts: 142; Member since: Sep 14, 2010

I had the original Omnia and in my expierience it was a great phone. I never had any issues with it. Prior to getting the Omnia, I took the Storm for a test drive and realized that the BB was not my cup of tea. After just over a year with the Omnia, it fell out of my pocket and into a puddle getting out of my car. I made an insurance claim and got a refurbed Omnia that had already had the OS updated. That replacement I received was crap. Never worked right. Constant issues with the OS and system freezing. I sold it on ebay for $197 and moved on to the original Droid I believe.

25. mike2959

Posts: 695; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

I had the Omnia 2 on Verizon. The display was unbeatable for its time. Also stereo speakers. But the windows OS was trash.

28. simplemark

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 17, 2017

I still have 4 of these old Omnia i910. Is there any use for them at this point? The OS isn't supported and it has minimal ram and memory. Thought about using them as wifi security cams, but can't find apps to support it. Any ideas??? Or just recycle?

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