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Samsung Omnia 7 Review

Samsung Omnia 7 8.5

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Well, the Samsung Omnia 7 may have convinced us that it excels in the design department, but this doesn't mean it's a winner yet. Nowadays increasingly important becomes the software that powers the phone. In the case of the Omnia 7, the software is no other but Microsoft's long-awaited Windows Phone 7 OS.

Basically, Microsoft Windows Phone 7 is centered around various hubs. Some examples of such hubs can be “People”, “Office”, “Games”, “Music and Videos”, etc. So, when you tap the “Music and Videos” button you won't be taken to a specific app, say, a multimedia player of some sort. Instead, you end up in an area where you can swipe left and right in order to reach different features (like the music controls) or content (like what's new in the Marketplace, or your song history).

At first, you may think that the home screen of the Samsung Omnia 7 is too simplistic, but it actually consists of the so called Live Tiles, which start to play image slideshows or display other relevant content as soon as you start using your phone. And this literally brings your home screen to life.

The home screen of the Samsung Omnia 7 - Samsung Omnia 7 Review
The home screen of the Samsung Omnia 7 - Samsung Omnia 7 Review
The home screen of the Samsung Omnia 7 - Samsung Omnia 7 Review

The home screen of the Samsung Omnia 7

The Live Tiles are arranged in a vertical list, with scrolling up and down being is so responsive and fun, that you can even fail to notice the fact that about a fourth of your screen real estate is left empty. That's a fact that seemed very strange to us at first, but we assure you – it actually doesn't matter. All the needed information is displayed inside the Live Tiles. The sweet part is that you can customize your home screen so that it contains only what is important to you. Rearranging tiles is very intuitive - you only have to tap and hold a tile and then drag it to the desired position.

Rearranging tiles is very intuitive - Samsung Omnia 7 Review

Rearranging tiles is very intuitive

When you swipe to the left, or click on the arrow residing in the upper part of the said blank area, you get to what can be referred here as the Samsung Omnia 7's main menu. It consists of a vertical list of your apps and hubs. Although we rarely had to use it, this is the place where you'll find your third-party applications. Of course, you can choose whatever you want from this list and take it to the home screen.

Main menu - Samsung Omnia 7 Review

Main menu

The OS feels extremely polished when it comes to animated transitions and other eye-catching goodies. For example, almost all tiles you'll encounter (live and not live) act as 3D surfaces that tilt just slightly in the direction to the area in which you press them.

As a whole, we are pretty happy with the user interface. It has a great visual presentation (that may not appeal to everyone due to its over-simplistic nature), and runs so smoothly with the Samsung Omnia 7's 1GHz Snapdragon chipset that you immediately start to have confidence in it.

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posted on 26 Oct 2010, 09:51

1. mishima (unregistered)

How bad is the voice / call quality? How would you rate it on a scale of 10? Do you think it can be fixed with a firmware update?

posted on 26 Oct 2010, 10:22

2. yves707 (unregistered)

i would be interested to something about audio quality when listening to music. the device has no equalizer and some say its very quiet...

does anyone know? :)


posted on 28 Oct 2010, 10:14

3. Pio (unregistered)

Haha 8.5 ??!! In your opinion this phone is as good as Galaxy S ? Don't Make Me Laugh....

posted on 31 Oct 2010, 07:31

4. uui (unregistered)

why cant WP7 phones have a FWVGA (480x854) display?

posted on 03 Nov 2010, 06:05 1

5. debanks (unregistered)

if you are on Orange network, you can get HD call quality :)

posted on 09 Nov 2010, 20:14 2

6. codymws (Posts: 237; Member since: 17 Jun 2010)

I really like the user interface of WP7, but I like the customizability of Android. But overall I'd probably choose WP7. If only they had this on Verizon in America...

Oh, and I really like the Start button on this phone...

posted on 11 Mar 2011, 11:00

7. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)

Here's to hoping this will be on Verizon in May.

posted on 09 Apr 2011, 18:22

8. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)

Question, would I be able to use this device on 3G in the US?

posted on 14 Apr 2011, 08:52

9. Emman (unregistered)

yes, I used this on straighttalk (AtT)

posted on 20 Apr 2011, 20:52

10. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)

Really? What area are you in? I've been hearing that the 3G is contingent upon location in the states.

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 09:20

11. chorith (unregistered)

can anyone give me some ideas of buying this omnia 7 or the Focus ?? cos now i am thinking of buying one of these phone !! thank ahead !!!

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 00:38

12. Axial (unregistered)

Alright, so here's the sit-rep of 3G data in the USA with this phone:

1. You have to make sure that you actually got the tri-band UMTS version, because there are reports of a dual-band version floating around that will not work in the USA at all for 3G.

2. After confirming that you have the tri-band version, you need to know which band it is that the USA supports: it's the UMTS 1900 band that you want.

3. Find a carrier that supports UMTS 1900: this means AT&T.

4. Make sure you are in a 1900 MHz area and not an 850 MHz-only area. Here is a map from 2008 (newest I could find):

5. Configure your APN settings: in WP7, flip to app menu > Settings > Cellular > button on bottom of page for APN. Input:

APN: "wap.cingular" (All small letters, no quotes)

Ta da! Now you have 3G in the USA with a Euro phone!

Note that 850 MHz is the old technology, and all new equipment erected since 2008 has been 1900 MHz, so there definitely is more 1900 MHz coverage than that map shows. The good thing about the phone being 1900 MHz-only in the USA means that it will ALWAYS access the faster of the two AT&T 3G bands, so you get notably better performance.

So there you have it. If you don't mind AT&T, pull the trigger. It's an excellent device and far superior to the chintzy Focus that Samsung saw fit to insult us with. I don't honestly know why they spent extra money on R&D for the Focus when it would have been cheaper to make a quad-band Omnia 7; it will sell itself.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 02:28

13. Axial (unregistered)

Got a part backwards: new equipment has been mostly 850 MHz. Still, there should be more coverage than that map demonstrates. 1900 is the better performing, but 850 has the better penetration. Seeing that AT&T is often criticized for inferior coverage compared to VZW, it would make sense for them to put up more 850MHz.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 09:08

14. tommyboy (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)

I have had this phone since last June. I can't wait for the contract to run out so I can be rid of it. t promises a lot but delivers little. Apps I wanted I can't have for some reason. It is difficult to hear people speaking when the phone. Difficult to find things on and has been a very dispiriting experience. Avoid this phone at all costs. There MUST be better out there somewhere.

posted on 13 Mar 2012, 02:31

15. samboycott (Posts: 11; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)

I saw this phone and the Nokia lumia, guys believe me this phone is so dull in front of a Lumia. Lumia looks very beautiful but this samsung omnia has a very much dull handrware and color. Omnia sucks

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Samsung Omnia 7

Samsung Omnia 7

OS: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
Size4.82 x 2.53 x 0.43 inches
(122.4 x 64.2 x 11 mm)
4.87 oz  (138 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 8.66 hours talk time

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