Verizon's Samsung Omnia II getting shipped out with rumors of a Black Friday release?

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Verizon's Samsung Omnia II getting shipped out with rumors of a Black Friday release?
One phone that we were eager to see and missing in action at last week's Verizon Q4 lineup event was the Samsung Omnia II. From the looks of it, UPS has been busy unloading shipments of Verizon Wireless brochure materials and boxes containing the Omnia II. One of our anonymous tipsters has hinted to us that the Windows Mobile handset will be making its way to stores within the next two weeks. It's possible that Big Red might have something planned for this smartphone in time for the busy Black Friday sales. The HTC Imagio won't be the only slate touchscreen phone powered by Windows Mobile 6.5 on Verizon's lineup. Customers will have a robust selection of handsets to choose from this holiday season – the Samsung Omnia II will definitely shine thanks to its gorgeous AMOLED display!

Thanks to our anonymous tipster!

Samsung Omnia II Specifications | Review

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28 Comments

1. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

looks like it will be an awesome phone.

2. lennydude

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 06, 2009

They have lost SOooooo many sales of this phone already :( Sure would be nice to see it though if this additional rumor is real?

3. vs1979

Posts: 9; Member since: Jul 13, 2009

I wish this one was using Google Platform as Droid and HTC

10. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

I agree. For me personally, I don't see any advantages to having winmo over android. Unless you're dependent on user friendly compatability with office- I prefer the app store and customization on the android platform.

4. scroffy

Posts: 40; Member since: Aug 23, 2009

Sure, there are a few less sales of the omnia2, but verizon lost very few subscribers despite the complaints of the kids who want everything in the us the day it's announced for overseas. Honestly, the Omnia 2 is the first winmo phone to advance the market in a whilewhether it releases black friday or back in the summer. HTC Monster/HD2 will be an advance, but we're not seeing it for quite a while stateside. TP2 was a minor improvement over an already old phone, but nothing new was seen there. The new android phones are nice but still quite buggy and the OS itself still does nothing for me. It's improved from the G1, but that was pretty crappy. webOS is interesting, but honestly, it's from a dying company on a dying carrier.O2 has a newer and more powerful processor as well as a screen technology, both of which surpass anything available in the states for now. If this date is accurate I'm a damned genius, since I picked black friday as the release date back this summer in the poll on samsung-omnia.org

5. merc56

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 16, 2009

I too was really looking forward to this phone, but jumped on the Droid/Android. They lost my sale of this phone, but still with VZW. Also, after looking at the Windows marketplace new online store, I am very disappointed with the apps available (and yes, I know there are Win mobile apps all over the net). I think Windows Mobile is in big trouble with Android 2.0. Just my opinion.

11. scroffy

Posts: 40; Member since: Aug 23, 2009

Android 2 does nothing great. Sense UI is nice for winmo and droid 2.0, but native droid has nothing on winmo 6.5. Whiners have complained about winmo forever, but it's still here and working well

14. merc56

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 16, 2009

It's been one week so far with my Droid and it has been flawless so far. The screen is hands down the best around. Go to a VZW store and watch a HQ Youtube clip with one, you will be amazed. I just came from winmo 6.1 and it was ok. I actually had SPB Mobile Shell loaded over 6.1 and loved it. I just needed to upgrade from the old hardware of the Samsung i760. I actually blame all the freezes on the old hardware and not winmo. Spend a few days with a Droid and you will love it. When the HTC Passion hits the market, watch out !! I hope winmo 7 gets to market soon, otherwise Microsoft is gonna be in big trouble.

16. merc56

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 16, 2009

You obviously have not seen this breakdown of the Droid, http://www.engadget.com/2009/11/11/motorola-droid-torn-down-despite-desperate-cries-of-no-disass em/ The slider is actually a very simple design, not overly engineered. I think it will last well past my 2 year contract.

17. merc56

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 16, 2009

You obviously have not seen this breakdown of the Droid, http://www.engadget.com/2009/11/11/motorola-droid-torn-down-despite-desperate-cries-of-no-disass em/ The slider is actually a very simple design, not overly engineered. I think it will last well past my 2 year contract.

18. merc56

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 16, 2009

You obviously have not seen this breakdown of the Droid, http://www.engadget.com/2009/11/11/motorola-droid-torn-down-despite-desperate-cries-of-no-disass em/ The slider is actually a very simple design, not overly engineered. I think it will last well past my 2 year contract.

19. merc56

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 16, 2009

You obviously have not seen this breakdown of the Droid, www.engadget.com/2009/11/11/motorola-droid-torn-down-despite-desperate-cries-of-no-disassem/ The slider is actually a very simple design, not overly engineered. I think it will last well past my 2 year contract.

20. merc56

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 16, 2009

You obviously have not seen this breakdown of the Droid, engadget.com/2009/11/11/motorola-droid-torn-down-despite-desperate-cries-of-no-disassem/ The slider is actually a very simple design, not overly engineered. I think it will last well past my 2 year contract.

6. pdub73

Posts: 33; Member since: Nov 25, 2008

I'm waiting and I know I will be happy I did when I get the Omnia II, WinMo is not going to be threatened by Android, if Apples Iphone couldn't do any damage why would Android? when I watch TV and I start seeing "Droid" phones all over the place then I may think about checking it out...but that doesn't seem likely...so they lost a couple sales from impatient people, Oh well, my guess is most of u are still with VZW so where is the loss? if anything you missed out on a superior phone the loss is yours, since we're voicing opinions...thats mine....

22. tedkord

Posts: 17133; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I've tried the Droid in store. A nice phone, but Android isn't mature enough yet for me to jump ship from my Omnia with custom ROM, WinMO 6.5.1 and SPB MS3 skined over it. It's pretty nice. But the main reason I won't leave WinMo for Androind is Slingplayer mobile. It's not out there, and Sling is so friggin' slow that it'll be a year after they announce it's almost ready before the first public beta appears. I need my Sling NOW. Right this second, the O2 looks like the best upgrade path I've got on VZW, but every week that passes sees Snapdragon powered phones inching closer, and the O2 looks less future proof.

25. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Why give him a -1 for his opinion. I too am a huge WinMo fan so I will wait for a better WinMo phone rather than jump ship to the Android Platform. I wanted the omnia2, but now that there are rumars of the HD2 coming stateside, I will wait for that. I think if the Omnia 2 had come out with 6.1 back in septermber I would have bought it. I think VZW purposefully held back O2 for the release of Android phones to make a huge splash in the market. T-Mo didn't market the android release as well as VZW did, so the hype was lessened.

7. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Candy bar and flip phones are better than slide phones like "DROID" because the sliding mechanism will be breaking, losing, or worn out the wires connector after thousands times of sliding. So DROID is not going to last as long as Iphone because of moving mechanism it will create of lot problems to Motorola "I will break".

8. Illyich

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Good point.

9. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

and how do you know that this specific phone will break? do you know what it looks like underneath? you deserve a -1. :-)

27. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Hahaha...and you sir deserve a +1, the Droid with android 2.0 is a Power house, not to mention NOT a single person from before has even mentioned Motorola since the release. Tight lips I see....it didn't flop like everyone thought Motorola would and people are eating it. I love Microsoft, but they're sleeping....that's great guys posted up there with all their "overlays" and skins, but I had an Omniscient and that stuff was NOT easy....open to do it, yes.....but NOT easy. Android or "Droid", on the other hand, smooth, flawless, and unmistakably winmos worst nightmare.

28. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

IPhones are exploding and you can't take out the battery. Besides with "virtual" and physical keyboards it puts you in control of the phones physical stability. I vote +1 for dual keyboards and functionality -1 for exploding piece of shit. Droid FTW

12. cjz78 unregistered

The very fact that this is one of the best WinMo handsets out there will keep it's sales fine. But yes, Samsung should have pushed Verizon to get these out sooner...I was very set on buying one. But not now.

13. Trobes05

Posts: 106; Member since: Aug 01, 2009

Well I got my Droid yesterday and I will still have the thirty days to change over to something else. If the Omnia II is that much better I may switch, that is if its out on Black Friday, but I like the Droid a lot so far.

15. tuminatr

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

keep your droid, the hot win mo device will come out next year win mo 7 should be sweet, for now I think android is better than the current windows offerings, unless you need office apps tethering or exchange support

21. mulda71

Posts: 42; Member since: Jun 25, 2009

cant imagine anyone buying this phone but hey power to ya, less people in line for the htc passion

23. Fan_of_Fanboys

Posts: 101; Member since: Nov 13, 2008

The features of the phone are nice spec wise but I think it feels cheap in the hand. I have used it a couple times and I was not overly impressed. Can't really explain, it just felt plasticy. It is a huge improvement over the 1st Omnia but a nicer screen would not make me chose this over the Imagio if I was in the market for WinMo.

24. jasona

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 13, 2009

I have been a winmo owner for the last 3 years now and really like the system. When I switch phones it makes the time arranging and getting to know it a lot simpler. Not that I am opposed to trying a different system, and from what I have read android is very good. However, what is really suprising to me is that all this complaint about the omnia II coming with 6.1 and not 6.5 which really would probably have no significance on this phone. Any omnia 1 owners would know this. Samsung has their own shell that pretty much takes away from the winmo experience and makes everything touch friendly. What you will still see is the normal file explorer, active sync and other settings that you would normally control with winmo. Which 6.1 works just fine in my opinion. Definitely, nothing to whine about. I have loved my omnia and am really excited about 2. I have the itch for an upgrade but am holding off because if 2 is even a little better from 1 this phone will be hard to beat!!!!

26. locoboy808

Posts: 53; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

sorry to say but its comming out in dec thats what i think anyways i talked to samsung they said there are added more apps to it i think this phone is going to be cool but i hope its unlocked cant wait to get this phone i got so many hacks and apps for this phone i love the video and cam

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