Samsung OMNIA HD Preview


Now, you better settle in an easy chair and make yourself comfortable, because what you are about to read may knock you out and sweep the weak-hearted off their feet. We´re just jerking around, of course! We aren’t about to get down to video capturing on the spot, because we do feel it´s the icing on the cake. On starting up the music player you find yourself in a menu that gives you a bunch of filtering options and when you start a particular song a real fancy-tickling, large button interface pops up. You can almost immediately notice the 5.1 channel sound effect option available through software emulation. Moreover, you also have RDS FM Radio that features a simple, stylish interface in pleasing colors and completely in character with Samsung.

The 8-megapixel camera has got a Pixon-like interface that doesn´t exactly seem cheery and welcoming with its rather dull and humdrum colors, it somehow looks out of place among the all colorful menus. It goes over big with us though, since it is extremely fast and easy to use. There are tons of shooting modes and ISO settings up to 3200, but above all you are able to capture HD videos. Well, the maximum setting of 19 frames per second left us flat and … wanting, because the video was a bit choppy and stuttering. We do hope we see the phone bundled with 24-fps capable software when it finally hits the market, just as Samsung announced it would. Click the link below to see our test video. There are also several shots there, but we do recommend that you not draw conclusions on their quality.

Samsung OMNIA HD sample video at 1280x720 pixel resolution.
* Note that due to codecs support, you may not be able to play the file.

All videos and pictures can be seen in the gallery, aside from that you can easily browse through them using MediaBrowser. It looks quite similar to the Pixon´s Photo Browser and you can preview all available camera shots and video files. We really dig that you can use the accelerometer to switch over between files without even touching the screen itself. Pampering us the spoilt customers has become an art now these days, hasn´t it? Perhaps the guys with Samsung feel like turning the accelerometer into the new touch screen?

Finally, we´ve just made it to the most thrilling part. Now, everyone who cut reading the preceding parts of this review, raise your hand. Pixon and INNOV8 have really bent over backwards to come up with a fantastic video player, especially when it comes to DivX and Xvid support. But when it comes to HD, both these can´t hold a candle to OMNIA HD i8910, the phone wins over by a mile placing HD resolution video (720p) capability at your fingertips. Even our proto unit runs it smoothly and on top of that it even plays MP4 and AVI files without a hitch. Flat out, watching videos on a 3.7-inch AMOLED display beggars description. There is no point in converting videos at a greater resolution than the one of the screen features though (640x360), especially if you are intent on seeing the movie on your phone. HD files come pretty handy if you connect the phone to a HD TV set through HDMI.

Well, there is more. Aside from the standard Symbian OS RealPlayer you can also watch videos on a preinstalled piece of software going by the name of VideoPlayer that supports subtitles. On its first run it scans the memory of the phone; all video files found are then displayed on a vertical scroll list. It has got a simplified interface that comes pretty easy on the eye and truth be told, we like it better to RealPlayer.


Perhaps you think we´ve held forth on this for a way too long and the article seems rather long drawn out for a simple preview.  To top it off, we are to reserve judgment. The thing is we believe it doesn´t do to base our opinion on prototypes and presale units, so here is what we anticipate. Hands down, we are of the opinion that OMNIA HD is a highflyer that will manage to raise the whole all-in-one phones market on a higher level and if Samsung play their cards well, it has the potential to get many of its rivals into a hot water. We do expect to see it hit the shelves (and sooner we hope) with quite a price tag and we´re champing at the bit to review the final retail version.



1. att_agent

Posts: 96; Member since: Feb 26, 2009


2. chupum

Posts: 115; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

What carrier is it going to be on when/if it hits the U.S.?

5. Astromanaught

Posts: 46; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

Well its gsm, so most likely is either AT&T or T-Mobile. Or maybe sold unlocked at retail? Even with carrier subsidizing i would put the price around 300(after $100 mail in rebate). On another note I'm glad to see S60 getting some love state-side. Never owned one but I know those that have it love it.

3. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Samsung is stepping it up, this will be good for the industry.

4. mesign

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 06, 2009

just wondering if there's anthing to cover the camera lens?

6. Cameron

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 07, 2009

Na theres not but it is in the phone deep so it dosent matter still nice for things like dust
  • Display 3.7" 360 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP
  • Processor TI OMAP3430, Single core, 600 MHz
  • Storage 16GB
  • Battery 1500 mAh(13.50h talk time)

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