Samsung Omnia 7 Review
The People Hub plays the role of a phonebook in the Samsung Omnia 7. First, you naturally have a list with your contacts. In addition to your SIM and phone contacts, here you can also integrate people from Facebook, Windows Live, Outlook or Google. Fortunately, Facebook contacts automatically get their profile pictures assigned to make your phonebook a bit more colorful and enjoyable.
Windows Phone 7's integration with Facebook continues as you select a certain contact. For instance, you can easily write on this person's wall or check what's new with them, including new images that they have uploaded, as well as the latest activity.
You can enter a lot of info about a contact, but the available options are not as great as they were in Windows Mobile. Anyway, we doubt that someone would actually miss the option of storing the names of the children of the neighbor of your contact's daughter-in-law.
Contacts, like most other things in WP7, can also be added directly to the home screen of the Samsung Omnia 7 for lightning quick access to them.
As a whole, we appreciate the integration with Facebook, as it provides the users with some deep functionality and at the same time doesn't clutter the interface. It also shows Microsoft's willingness to make a more consumer-oriented OS out of Windows Phone 7.
There's not much to say about regular messaging in Windows Phone 7. It is probably as good as it gets with your text correspondences displayed in threaded view, while options like adding additional recipients or media files are just a tap away.
The email client works great. As soon as you've entered your account details, your emails start to populate the app. Everything works buttery smooth. Unfortunately, you do not get a universal inbox like in bada or iOS, so your different inboxes are displayed as separate apps/tiles. However, this isn't much of an inconvenience with the Samsung Omnia 7's high-speed performance. Emails, of course, are visualized in HTML so that you don't miss any of the content.
The Calendar is completely in line with the overall clean look of the operating system. You can synchronize it with Windows Live, multiple Exchange ActiveSync accounts and Google Calendar, with the latter having to go through an Exchange server as well. It is a good touch that you can color-code your different calendars for better organization. Adding an appointment while in Day view is very easy. Similarly to Android, you only have to select the desired hour, then input a subject, some other note if you wish, and you're all set.
Another basic, yet always crucial feature of every phone is the Alarm. Setting an alarm just couldn't be easier than what you get in Windows Phone 7, and thanks to the nicely animated interface it is also a fun thing to do.
The Samsung Omnia 7 is stuffed with other ordinary features like a calculator, but for additional productivity tools you'll have to check the Marketplace.
Internet and Connectivity:
The Samsung Omnia 7 is naturally loaded with the latest iteration of Internet Explorer Mobile, and we are happy to report that this time the guys from Redmond have done a terrific job with their mobile web browsing solution.
Completely in line with the latest and greatest achievements in the area, the new Internet Explorer delivers fast loading times and buttery smooth scrolling. The same goes for zooming, which you can do by either double-tapping or using pinch-to-zoom. Both options work flawlessly, with double-tap being very accurate, more so than on Android, and about equal to what you get on the iPhone.
The user interface is also an important part of a mobile internet browser though. There are good and bad things we can say about the one of the new Internet Explorer. First off, we don't like that there is no full-screen option in portrait mode. Fortunately, you can view web pages in full-screen when in landscape mode, but then another issue arises. There is no address bar at the top, meaning that you have to return to portrait mode to enter a new web address. This isn't a big deal, since switching orientations is very snappy, but still we cannot see a clear reason why they didn't put a simple address bar at the top of the page. However, Safari isn't without its issues either, as it lack a full-screen mode whatsoever.
Internet Explorer lacks Flash or Silverlight support, which is on one hand unpleasant, but on the other, it guarantees its flawless operation, so we can live without it. Android has the advantage here, but we shouldn't forget the fact that scrolling when a Flash element is present is far from smooth in Google's OS.
The Samsung Omnia 7 is of course full of radios, including quad-band 2G, tri-band 3G (900/1900/2100MHz), Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1. It also sports a GPS with support for A-GPS.