Performance:

We are not blown away by the Samsung Omnia 7's phone functionality. In fact, we don't like how voices sound in its earpiece – mostly thin and not very loud. You can have a normal conversation of course, but if you find yourself in a noisier environment you might have a bit of a hard time in hearing your caller. On the other end of the line the situation is better, with callers rating us about 8/10 and having no significant complaints towards the call quality.

The Samsung Omnia 7 drains power from a 1500mAh Li-Ion battery, which the manufacturer claims to be capable of providing about 6 hours of talk-time or 14 days in standby mode, when using a 3G network.

Conclusion:

All in all, the Samsung Omnia 7 is a very feature-rich smartphone, which also comes in a dandy casing. Its almost all-metal body exudes a premium feel, while the stylish looks automatically make it a tempting offer that can easily compete with the rest of the initial Windows Phone 7 squadron.

Hardware-wise, it is the same as any other WP7 device right now with a 1GHz Snapdragon chipset and a giant capacitive touchscreen. However, the display is of the Super AMOLED type, which helps it score some bonus points for having an incredibly high contrast and lush colors. And how can you take advantage of such a brilliant screen? Through (multi)media, of course! The display makes the Omnia 7 great for watching 720p videos, photos, explore websites, etc. On the other hand, bear in mind that smaller text is a bit harder to read than it is on an LCD screen, while the call quality is a disappointment.

As for the operating system the Samsung Omnia 7 runs, we are sure that it does have potential. It lacks some basic stuff like copy and paste, or true multitasking, but its fluidity and visual presentation make up for that for the most part, at least for the time being. Of course, there is a lot that can be done in order to make the overall experience better. For example, the Office capabilities should be much more advanced, while the available application base needs a significant boost, although we appreciate its decent start at 1000 titles. Support for turn-by-turn voice guidance is also needed.

With Microsoft setting some strict hardware rules, defining what a Windows Phone 7 should and should not be like, the Samsung Omnia 7 inevitably ends up being a top-shelf smartphone that sees competition only from the likes of the Apple iPhone 4, the Samsung Galaxy S line or HTC's EVO 4G (Desire HD for the EU). However, since these are all devices with similar capabilities, one will probably make a decision based on OS preference. As far as we are concerned, Windows Phone 7 is a market-ready OS, which has its pros and cons, but one thing is for sure – Microsoft will have a hard time popularizing it and making customers believe that it can be a worthy replacement of their iOS or Android phone. But then again, every beginning is hard.

Samsung Omnia 7 Video Review:



Pros

  • Brilliant Super AMOLED screen
  • Premium construction
  • Nicely-animated interface
  • Fine 5MP camera and usable LED flash

Cons

  • HD 720p video capture at only 24fps
  • Mediocre call quality
  • Windows Phone 7 is not as feature-rich as the competition

PhoneArena Rating:

8.5

User Rating:

9.0
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