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Samsung OMNIA HD i8910 Review

Samsung OMNIA HD

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Samsung OMNIA HD i8910 Review
Well, we have almost made it to the grand finale, but there a few more things we need to pay attention to. Say, its speed. The phone is neither sluggish, nor blazing fast. There are slight delays every now and then, but they are well concealed with animated transition effects, so you can hardly notice them. The official battery runtime is impressive – 13.5 hours of talk time, 600 hours in standby, 6.8 hours of continuous HD video playback and 4.1 hours of HD video capture. Unfortunately we are disappointed with the sound quality during talks. Either is able to hear the other one loud and clear, but the voice with the Samsung OMNIA HD i8910 is monotonous and reverberating, as if the other person is in a tunnel or a bathroom. On the other hand, even if you lower the loudness, the effect is still clearly discernible and makes people´s voice sound unpleasantly sharp. Well, at least the loudspeaker is fairly useable…


Well, here we are at the grand finale of our review on one of the most exciting cell phones as of now. The Samsung´s monster, the OMNIA HD i8910. We took a scrutinizing look at it, we used it to listen to music, talk, take pictures, capture and playback HD video content and it´s about time we passed out verdict. We have to admit that despite its size, it is one hell of an all-in-one, smart device. Aside from being the first cell phone capable of capturing and playback of nice quality HD video content, its 8-megapixel camera takes pictures with very good quality. The OMNIA HD sports an awesome 3.7-inch touch sensitive AMOLED screen and battery that lasts long. Still, the i8910 HD also has a few drawbacks. It simply loves fingerprints and discerning anything on the screen in direct sunlight is an uphill battle. The more annoying problem, however, relates to mediocre sound quality during talks. Anyway, we do believe it´s going to make it on the top 3 list of any high-tech buff and leave a lasting memory, simply because it sets a new standard on the all-in-one phone market.

We are able to recommend the other high-end multimedia phones, such as the LG ARENA, Renoir, Samsung PIXON and INNOV8 as alternatives to the device. Bear in mind the first three are not “smart”, the third doesn´t feature a touch sensitive screen and none of these delivers HD playback or capture capability, so the Samsung OMNIA HD i8910 is pretty much still in a class by itself.


  • Huge AMOLED display delivering good image quality
  • HD video playback and capture and very good snapshot quality
  • Robust battery that lasts
  • Quality sound through a headphones and built-in loudspeaker
  • Slim form factor


  • Quality of sound during talk is below par
  • Image details are hardly discernible in bright light
  • Back panel flips open way too easily
  • Surface that loves fingerprints
  • Email settings are manually entered even when it comes to popular providers
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. dorky24 (Posts: 23; Member since: 22 Apr 2009)

Could you please also post what came in the box? Also, does anyone know how I would be able to purchase the editing software for quickoffice if i live in the US? And thanks for the speedy review!! Cheers!!

posted on 29 Apr 2009, 19:29

2. C00L (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Apr 2009)

Thanks for a really inciteful review. I cannot wait for this phone to hit the UK market. Will you be able to use Nokia 5800 or other Nokia themes on this phone as I dont like the yellow they use in some of the UI? And will it be available on 3 uk network? Or Virgin uk? Thanks alot to anyone who can answer.

posted on 15 Nov 2009, 13:34

24. Schmao (Posts: 365; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)

Omnia HD or Omnia II?

posted on 29 Apr 2009, 22:53

3. panacea224 (Posts: 19; Member since: 20 Dec 2008)

Great review guys. The Omnia HD sounds amazing, too bad it's going to cost a ridiculous amount of money.

posted on 30 Apr 2009, 07:26

4. redman (Posts: 12; Member since: 14 May 2008)

Can this be sync'd with Outlook (for all typical WinMo stuff like contacts, calendar, notes)? I have been using WinMo devices since my life exists in Outlook on my PC and I need the phone to mirror all of that data without any effort. Thanks for any feedback.

posted on 16 Mar 2010, 20:06

29. Luiz Ocean (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)

I have the same problem. I cannot use mobile withou outlook. I´d like to buy this Omnia, but I need to know how to sync with Outlook. Well, please let me know

posted on 30 Apr 2009, 10:04

5. irispen (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Apr 2009)

Not so good review.. -what is inside the box? -does it have TV-Out for non HD via cable? -opinion about the quality of HD video should be wider -more HD videos sample please. also some D1 Is the sample HD video was really from final unit? why the heck that it has only 8khz?

posted on 02 May 2009, 04:22

12. madesina (Posts: 24; Member since: 05 Oct 2008)

Who uses TV OUT on their phone???????????????? NO ONE! And if you do, stop using it. get a life. And furthermore, it only records at 24fps anyway, it's really not that impressive. And in my opinion, the UI is rubbish. It looks like it was made for 6 year olds.

posted on 02 May 2009, 17:25

15. Legion (Posts: 397; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)

"Who uses TV OUT on their phone????????????????" He obviously does. Alot of people want to know that as its an extremely useful function. Seriously.

posted on 30 Apr 2009, 14:03

6. heavybreathing (Posts: 276; Member since: 26 Feb 2009)

WHAT CARRIER IS IT GOING TO BE ON? I hope it's not Verizion...if it is i'll prob switch over... Looks like the Iphone has a real competitor after the huge Storm failure.

posted on 30 Apr 2009, 18:41

7. bng (Posts: 107; Member since: 12 Feb 2009)

it probably will since Verizon alredy has the first Omnia...... i really hope it dose...

posted on 01 May 2009, 03:23

8. dorky24 (Posts: 23; Member since: 22 Apr 2009)

I doubt it as the official name for this phone is no longer Omnia HD, but I8910HD. Besides, I really doubt this phone will officially come out to the U.S. @heavybreathing, if you are using a service that uses a SIM card, you can just purchase this phone unlocked.

posted on 01 May 2009, 06:09

10. heavybreathing (Posts: 276; Member since: 26 Feb 2009)

I noticed that. Problem is...it's probably a $500-600 phone.

posted on 15 Nov 2009, 13:33

23. Schmao (Posts: 365; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)


posted on 01 May 2009, 05:24

9. surethom1 (Posts: 3; Member since: 01 May 2009)

Is there still no kinetic (flick) Scrolling on Symbian s60 v5 menu's, contacts, photos, if not then this phone is not for me, come on samsung if Symbian will not enable it WHY dont you???? Lazy

posted on 01 May 2009, 17:52

11. Gooney (Posts: 2; Member since: 01 May 2009)

It looks terrific if the battery lasts.... however, claiming that watching video of ANY resolution on a 3.7 inch screen is breathtaking, just screams, that, well, maybe his girlfriend told him that 3.7 inches is breathtaking! And he believed her!

posted on 02 May 2009, 09:16

13. NomNomNom (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 May 2009)

Nice review! But does it have a lens cover? Don't see it on any of the pictures, but it would be a shame if it hasn't one. Can someone please tell me?

posted on 02 May 2009, 15:30

14. Charbax (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 May 2009)

What bitrates, which formats, which encoding complexities, which audio formats does it support for HD playback? Does the TV output support HD resolution TV output something like HDMI output full HD digital quality or is it just some standard resolution tv output? What is the purpose of the HD playback if you can't display the HD quality using the phone itself but have to decode it on the TV DLNA local network set top box. Do you have other 720p recorded clips in your gallery showing the actual sound quality? Does it support high quality Bluetooth microphones to be used for high quality wireless sound recording in 1280x720 video camcorder mode?

posted on 03 May 2009, 06:48

16. wanghao6207171 (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 May 2009)

that's quite an awesome phone, with superior specs compared with N97 and idou. I wanna buy this phone, when will it come out?

posted on 06 May 2009, 08:31

17. heavybreathing (Posts: 276; Member since: 26 Feb 2009)

This review gave us very little information. When is this phone coming out? How much will it cost? Whats in the box? Who is it coming to? Etc?

posted on 13 May 2009, 13:49

18. lacpp (Posts: 3; Member since: 13 May 2009)

This phone have the Ti Omap3 cpu and the PowerVR 530 SGX. The specs are smilar to Pandora console. The Bit Rate data of the videos of this phone can take easly the 8 Mbit/sec., according Gsm Arena.

posted on 02 Jun 2009, 16:29

19. psy881212 (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Jun 2009)

sorry when you say large files how large is it because i am doing medicine and some ebooks are about 700 to 1000 pages in PDF form. i now have a n95 and it can't handle it so i was wondering is the ram on OMNIA HD is able to

posted on 03 Jun 2009, 05:21

20. coolfx35 (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Jun 2009)

Hi dont be so sure Simbian isnt so bad it depend how they will use it on model. Reson for me to have Omnia is beacause like smart phone>omnia interfese is iresistable>made to cover as much as posible windows. Dont worry its my opinion WM is not so great and never been for me so if Samsung do their job as good as here (over WM) probably Omnia HD will be good too (sould be because of thet I buy Omnia breavly never had WM devise) Wink Curent model look much better than new HD.

posted on 01 Jul 2009, 01:49

21. uphaillife (Posts: 2; Member since: 01 Jul 2009)

no one here is noting the 3.7 inch AMOLED screen. You're talking about AMOLED not LCD. This thing kicks ass. AMOLED screen gives you: 180 degree view, bright screen (really bright), amazing contrast of colors, no ghosting, increased battery life, 0.001 second response. AMOLED>LCD in every way.

posted on 27 Oct 2009, 04:34

22. mjpower4 (Posts: 7; Member since: 27 Oct 2009)

Really fancied this one even though it is symbian but the battery life is abysmal reminds me of my old G1 and the orange only handset scuppers it for me as their firmware restrictions make the handset crippled from the off. Also Samsung need to update their firmware more often as their support sucks

posted on 20 Dec 2009, 09:32

25. WellWisher (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)

For all those who wish to buy Samsung Omnia HD I8910, please go through the pdf in the below linkhttp://anphase.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/report-on-the-i8910-v3-11.pdf and sign the online petition athttp://www.petitiononline.com/fixi8910/petition.html. These we taken from the linkhttp://samsungi8910omnia.com/

posted on 23 Dec 2009, 02:18

26. cupax (Posts: 15; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)

Hello. I bought a Samsung S5230 for my girlfriend and was pleasantly surprised that a touch phone could work so nicely. It maked me want to change my Nokia E71 for a touch phone and I went to look for Omnia HD. I tried a working demo in a store and my-oh-my was I disappointed! In my oppinion this phone is useless! The phone experience, despite that it looks exactly like the S5230 has nothing to do with it. It is frustratingly slow, jaggy and the screen keyboard is desperatingly non precise. I don't understand. Here at the Phone Arena they reviewed the Omnia HD with excellent votes while I find it frustrating and they reviewed the S5230 with bad votes while I find it almost perfect (it's just missing WiFi in my oppinion).

posted on 28 Dec 2009, 12:16

27. WellWisher (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)

Hi guys, just wanted to let you know there's an online petition to help put the pressure on Samsung to improve Samsung I8910 Omnia HD and the only way to get it going is if we sign on! So please follow the link and be a part of the movement:http://www.petitiononline.com/fixi8910/petition.html

posted on 20 Jan 2010, 11:43

28. luistoluca (Posts: 18; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)

best Satio

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 04:10

30. barmpot99 (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Aug 2011)

My phone didn't come with the youtube widget please tell me if you know how I could get it?

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Display3.7 inches, 360 x 640 pixels (198 ppi) AMOLED
Camera8 megapixels
TI OMAP3430, Single core, 600 MHz, ARM Cortex-A8 processor
Size4.84 x 2.28 x 0.51 inches
(123 x 58 x 12.9 mm)
5.08 oz  (144 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 13.5 hours talk time

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